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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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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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Armonk, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Chateau is splendid, provides great panorama views of the area, insight into medieval life and times. Kids will love the gift shop selections. Advise you wander to the Quarry for the light show. Romans began the quarry, which continued long after to be a source of limestone. High does not begin to describe the ceilings. Now showing films of Klimt... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you're into medieval hilltop towns this does not disappoint but you need good legs and a moderate fear of heights. The views are spectacular and history is rich in the fairly well preserved site. Where else can you see a Troglodytes home.

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West Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

While it was October and the crowds were certainly reduced from summertime, there were still many tourists in Les Baux and climbing up to see the chateau and the views. It is well worth it on a nice day which we were fortunate to have. The town at the base, while providing plenty of food options is very touristy

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Jerusalem
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I loved it. The view to the plateau and the val d'enfer is marvelous, and the remnants of the fortifications are fun to explore.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

excellent views of the surrounding countryside, right on top of the hill at Les Baux; a few catapolts used to smash down old castles, some piles of rocks.

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Los Angeles
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

There are a ton of Etruscan, Roman and Medieval ruins in Provence, and the chateau may be among the worst preserved. Concrete in the walls, poorly cleared pathways, unsafe stairways, and truly mind-numbingly boring exhibits (like siege engines) are combined with the worst audioguide we've experience ever. It's like a going to a renaissance fair, or a medieval dinner where... More

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Kitchener, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The south of France is loaded with delightful medieval villages. Some have become overhyped tourist traps not worth the effort of parking and enduring the crowds. St-Paul-de-Vence comes to mind, as does St-Remy-de-Provence. Perhaps Les Baux was charming when it was first discovered by starving artists. We visited on a beautiful sunny weekday when there were still plenty of parking... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

As a family we all loved our visit here. The views are just amazing. But on top of that the historical significance is incredible. My children absolutely loved it and soaked it all in and asked lots of questions. It was great to see them so interested. I thought it was so interesting. You could just imagine how the village... More

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千葉県
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180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I visited there on 23rd Decemver, just before Christmas. People in the village had parade with traditional costume. They stopped some where and ladies started dancing. Despite Christmas season, many shops were open. It was very interesting to walk around. The place was very windy. You should wear a lot.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My wife and I stopped in Les Baux in August and loved the quaint little town. You can climb village and tour its shops in an hour or so. We arrived in the late afternoon and were lucky to get a parking place near the village. We shopped, walked , and enjoyed our visit and were gone in an hour... More

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