This is Made in Marseille Provence travel guide, a guide made by Marseille people for everyone. Here you will find out about Provence best places and travel tips. This page takes you on a journey to one of the most beautiful towns of France: les Baux-de-Provence, famous for its narrow little streets and its exceptional location in the Parc naturel des Alpilles.
Overlooking Arles and the Camargue, les Baux-de-Provence is with no doubt one of the most beautiful villages of France: picturesque streets typical of Provence, a rich heritage and an exceptional location in a preserved park. This article will tell you all about activities and must-sees in this extraordinary village.
Take a walk in les Baux-de-Provence lovely streets
A walk in the stone-paved streets of les Baux-de-Provence is definitely a must-do. Admire the façades typical of Provence and the wealthy houses porches with their sculptures that spanned years and years.
Marseille soaps, Provence herbs, the shops are in harmony with the village spirit. To enjoy this site at its best, we advise you not to park inside the village but in one of the car parks nearby. Thus you can enter the village step by step and enjoy every little detail.
Car park: maximum fee for a day : 5€.
Discover the heritage of les Baux-de-Provence
Located on a rocky plateau at the heart of les Alpilles mountains, the town offers a breathtaking view on Arles and the Camargue. It also has no less than 22 architectural and historic classified landmarks!
Among them, you will find « le Château des Baux » (the Beaux Castle), a must-see, heritage of the town’s medieval history; Saint-Vincent Church with its magnificent stained-glasses; « les hôtels particuliers » from the 16th and 17th centuries now housing art galleries and museums ; the town hall which was once « l’Hôtel de Manville ».
Taste the local products of les Baux-de-Provence
None would leave les Beaux without buying one of its well-known products: its olives, its oil or wines. In 1997 the town won the three « Appellations d’Origine Protégée » (labels of quality) « Vallée des Baux-de-Provence » for its « olives cassées » (broken olives), its « olives noires piquées » (black olives) and its olive oil. There is indeed something very special about the Alpilles olives trees.
As for wines, there are 12 vineyards on each side of les Baux-de-Provence rock, also labelled AOC.
Walk up to the panoramic view
Walk up to the panoramic view and discover a breathtaking panorama of Les Baux-de-Provence. From there you can also see les Alpilles, le Ventoux, Berre’s pond and sometimes the Méditerranée! To fully enjoy the wonders of this site, we advise you to go there during the day, when the sun goes down, the view is sometimes blurred. To reach the site, you just have to follow the orientation table.
Breath the pure air of the Parc naturel régional des Alpilles
The Parc naturel régional des Alpilles (Alpilles local natural park) extends on 16 towns, from the south of la Durance to Arles, and from Tarascon to Sénas. It is a true haven of peace and nature where everyone can relax. There is a rich wildlife in the park with rare species: 960 vegetal species, 90 birds species, 19 bats species, hundreds and hundreds of insects and some emblematic species like the Bonelli eagle.