Les Baux de Provence

Tourists from all over the world who visit the South of France flock to Les Baux and it’s not surprising; the region is already stunning but what makes Les Baux stand out is its dominant stone chateau and the white rocky hills that surround it.  From the top there are sweeping views across Arles, Camargues and the Alpilles. Les Baux is in the department of Bouches-du-Rhone (13) and about one hour and a half’s drive from Cotignac in the Var.

The village is officially classified as “one of the most beautiful villages in France”.  Its cultural heritage is exceptionally rich, with 22 architectural treasures classified as “Historic Monuments.” The village has been painstakingly restored and is frequented year ’round.  More than one-and-a-half-million tourists visit this exceptional site every year.

There is a myriad of restaurants here to choose from.  By recommendation we tried  Bistro de la Reine Jeanne and were not disappointed. The chef here is Michelin starred and although it is a bit pricey it’s worth every penny as attention is paid to detail, everything was seriously delicious and the views from the dining area were sublime. Six adults and six children, at least 2 courses each and wine cost 340 euros.

The MUST DO activity here after taking a stroll around the old village is to see the Carrieres de Lumieres where there is always a moving light show experience on the faces of the rocks inside the caves. The themes change regularly. We saw the Renaissance theme of works by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Raphael. The show closes for two months in the Winter then re-opens to a different theme (the next one will feature the artists Bosch, Brueguel, and Arcimboldo Chagall from 4th March to Jan 2018).

N.B. Parking is a little tricky so as soon as you can see the imposing chateau you should try and park in an allocated space. It costs 5 euros and tickets can be purchased at dispensers every 50 metres or so.