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Chateau des Baux de Provence

13520 Les Baux de Provence, France
+33 (0)4 90 54 55 56
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
Owner description: With a view over Provence to the Mediterranean, the Château des Baux is one of the most beautiful sites in France. It is also a unique place marked by... more » Owner description: With a view over Provence to the Mediterranean, the Château des Baux is one of the most beautiful sites in France. It is also a unique place marked by a turbulent past of more than ten centuries: from the Counts of Les Baux (who claimed to be descended from King Balthazar) to the Château’s destruction in 1483 by Richelieu after the wars of religion.This medieval stronghold contains both a castle and a village. « less
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Portland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

You really feel the age of this place as well as the present. The re-use of this historic location for today is charming. It has so much character from the restaurants to the shops.

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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We didn't really know what to expect with this medieval hilltop city. The ruins are fairly well preserved and the addition of a catapult show, a knight's dual and cross bow shooting really made it come alive. Beware, there are a lot of steps (some quite slippery and high) and the Mistral winds add a certain element of danger when... More

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Washington, DC
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142 reviews 142 reviews
36 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Yes, it is a bit touristy as one approaches the beginning of the walk up to the old fort, but it is a sight to see. The first shop is a sweet shop with loads of delicious biscuits (cookies) stacked upon each other, samples are offered. Just delicious and wonderful merchandising. Lots of little shops to look into on the... More

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North Somerset
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Les Baux itself is attractive but is similar to other quaint little hilltop towns in France and is also very busy and commercialised. However, what is worth a visit is the chateau above the town which at 10 euros puts a lot of people off (which in some ways is good as it keeps the crowds away.) The price of... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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103 reviews 103 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Visiting Les Baux means climbing up the hill and (in July) walking through hoards of tourists (as we also were). Anyway we liked the old buildings and, most of all, the spectacular view from various places in the town. The chateau itself gives a little more insight to how the inhabitants defended themselves and the life in the medival town.

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Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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73 reviews 73 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Lots of fun to explore, and includes information points with interesting facts. Highly recommend. You can easily spend 2-3 hours here.

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Melbourne, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We bought a ticket which let us see both the caves at Baux and also the chateau for 17 Euro. You need to be able to walk as the terrain is steep in some places and you have to walk a fair way from your car park. they put on some shows during the day of the catapult being loaded... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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33 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A must visit place for travellers to Les Alpilles. Try to get there early before the coach parties arrive.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

While I agree that Les Baux is filled with tourist shops, I couldn't help but fall in love with this village. I loved all the areas I visited in Provence on my vacation, but this was my favorite. It was so charming and full of history. Be ready to walk, walk and then walk some more and mostly in the... More

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We visited Les Baux last week in mid-june with a small private group. Even small coaches were not allowed to stop nearby. Everybody had to walk up a steep hill to get to the entrance gate. The area after the gate is very touristy with many shops and a few restaurants. Then it's another long walk up a steep hill... More

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