The Perfect Les Baux de Provence Tourist Itinerary

The Perfect Les Baux de Provence Tourist Itinerary

In the heart of the Alpilles mountains, set atop a rocky outcrop, Les Baux is a crowned jewel in Inland Provence with its historical castle ruins overlooking the plains to the south.

Only Provence has had years experience helping to plan luxury holidays for families and friends who want to rent luxury villas near Les Baux de Provence; this month we thought it might be helpful to share “The Perfect Les Baux de Provence Tourist Itinerary.”  Whether you are making your home base in Les Baux itself, or staying in the surrounding villages of Eygalieres, Paradou, St Rémy or in the Luberon, these hand-picked activities will round out a beautiful holiday itinerary.

What to do in Les Baux de Provence

An Area Steeped in History

It is believed that human settlement on the site of Les Baux dates back to 6000 BC when it used to serve as a Celtic oppidum (a large fortified Iron Age settlement or town). An exciting part of its “later” history occurred during the Middle Ages when Les Baux was the seat of the powerful Lords of Baux.  It’s name refers to its site in the Provençal language–a bauç is a rocky spur.

The Castle

Les Baux covers an area of 7 hectares and is one of the most impressive locations in France. When visiting, you will discover breathtaking panoramic views of Provence landscapes all the way to Aix, Arles and beyond. Discover the history of the Lords of Les Baux and their mediaeval fortress, the Sarrazine and Paravelle Towers, the dovecote, the castle chapel and the Chapel of St. Blaise, the former Quiqueran Hospital.

View at Chapelle Saint Blaise, an old church in Les Baux de Provence, France

Several special events for all ages are organized in the summertime.

Château des Baux de Provence 13520 Les Baux de Provence
Tel: (0)4 90 54 55 56
Open 7 days a week, from 9:30 to 7PM in April, May and June, from 9 :30 to 8PM in July and August
message@chateau-baux-provence.com

The village can be extremely busy in the summer months so plan your day wisely, visiting earlier in the morning before is gets too hot or when most tourist arrive.

Art, Light & Sound Show

Now a highly popular site in Provence, the Carrières des Lumières are located at the foot of the town of Les Baux-de-Provence, in the heart of the Alpilles, in a truly mysterious area called the Val d’Enfer. Since 2012 they have been hosting digital, immersive and contemporary exhibitions that are fun and interesting for all ages.

Saint Rémy de Provence 

Situated in the heart of the Alpilles, Saint Rémy is only a few minutes drive from Les Baux and a must-see when visiting the region. With a rich history including a Roman village and Van Gogh’s asylum, St-Remy is an attraction for summer tourists from the world over and one of the most popular destinations in Inland Provence.

Saint Rémy de Provence is a historic village built on one of the oldest archeological sites in Europe. Visitors can see fossils among the remains of the “Comptoir de Glanum” which was founded in the 3rd century BC, before control passed to the Romans under Julius Cesar. The ruins have seen the passing of several civilizations and you can visit the “Grands Thermes”, the long residential avenue, the temple and the natural spring of a true gallo-roman city, dating from 30 to 10 years before Christ.

If you love walking ancient streets through the village, perusing boutiques and taking in the beautiful village architecture, you will be right at home. Saint Remy has over 40 restaurants –whether you want to dine at a bistro, or a finer dining establishment, good food is never far.

Market Day in Saint Remy de Provence

Every Wednesday morning, you can experience one of the largest and most beautiful Provencal markets in the region. It has everything you’re looking for, from fabrics and clothing, to ceramics, flowers, fresh produce and prepared foods.

Walk in Van Gogh’s footsteps- Only a few minutes from Les Baux

The Centre d’Art Presence in St-Rémy-de-Provence is dedicated to celebrating the life of Vincent Van Gogh. A landmark for art lovers, the center is housed in the historic Hotel Estrine and features letters from the artist to his brother, Theo, as well as displays of contemporary art and a permanent collection of Albert Gleize’s works. It’s only a few minute’s drive from Les Baux or walking distance from Saint Rémy.

Where to Dine

Indulge in a Michelin Star Restaurant

While there are many great restaurants to choose in the region of Saint Rémy and Les Baux (we have our favorites listed in our Insider’s Guide), why not treat yourself to a truly memorable gastronomic experience by reserving at the famous L’Oustau de Baumanière.

L’OUSTAU DE BAUMANIÈRE
Relais & Châteaux*****
Mas Baumanière, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence
Tel +33 (0)4 90 54 33 07
Open 7 days a week from April to October

Visit the Local Wineries

There are many fantastic wineries, large and small nestled in the region surrounding Les Baux.  We have a short list of a few of our favorite spots for tasting, many of which specialize in biodynamic wine making.  Some of them you can simply walk in and have free tastings, others offer hour + long experiences for a fee if you book in advance.  For the perfect afternoon, why not gather a basket of goodies from the market and your favorite bottle from a local tasting and enjoy a picnic!

Click here for more info on wine tasting in the Alpilles.

Château Romanin

Nestled in the heart of a unique natural setting, Château Romanin has been using biodynamic techniques since 1988, when it was created by Jean-Pierre Peyraud (investor) and Jean-André Charial (owner of Relais & Château L’Oustau de Baumanière).

  • Visit of the Cathedral Wine Cellar
  • 360° panoramic view of Mont Ventoux, the Alpilles, Avignon and Saint Rémy de Provence
  • Explanation of the terroir and culture certified in biodynamics
  • 19 € a person  – 1 hour 

Domaine des Lauzieres

Since 1992 the Domaine de Lauzières has been involved in organic farming, and more recently in biodynamics. Lauzières was founded in the 16th century, when the Huguenots took refuge in the Alpilles.
0 4 90 47 62 88

Olive Tasting

They say that in the Vallée des Baux de Provence, the olive tree is king. Make sure you reserve an hour or two to stop at a local olive producer to taste (and buy) some of the region’s best olive oil. One of our favorites is Le Moulin de Castelas.

Apart from the above, there are of course the picturesque villages of Eygalières, Maussane and Paradou, to explore, all within 20 mins or so from Les Baux. Needless to say, you can fill your Les Baux itinerary very easily– the hardest part will be picking fro all there is to do!

For a complete list of all things to see and do in Provence, download our Insider’s Guide to Provence.


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