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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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Norfolk, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Richmond, VA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We visited the site with four children, ages 8-14. This was one of their favorite locations on our trip of nearly two weeks. We visited on a day expected to be a little rainy and as a result had the place to ourselves. The views are spectacular and the ruins themselves impressive. My kids really enjoyed climbing around the sometimes... More

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Flagler Beach, Florida
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223 reviews 223 reviews
94 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I have visited the charming village and amazing fortress (Chateau) 4 times in the past 15 years. Yes, tour buses bring hundreds of visitors every day. Here is the better way to have the village and fortress to yourself. Stay overnight near by, and arrive early. The village is deserted and magical in the mornings, and the chateau opens at... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A ruined hilltop castle with magnificent views. Just the thing to bring out the child in anybody. You just have to climb to the top. Plenty of historic information, and exhibits and demonstrations of ancient weaponry to suit kids of all ages. Not suitable for the less mobile of us however.

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Rijeka, Croatia
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169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The castle is worth visiting for magnificent view all around the hill. But it has lost its soul and authenticity due to the tourist purpose. There is not much you will see for the entrance fee of 8 euros. Be aware of possible strong wind or/and heavy sun!

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Halifax, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Loved the actors in historic armour, and their amusing banter (even if your French is as poor as mine, you'll still get the gist of it). There are catapault and battle reenactments taking place from time to time. The view from the Chateau is beautiful, and the castle itself is a marvel to behold. Fun and educational for the whole... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

Great day out, easily spend an afternoon to a day here. Inside the castle is lots to see and some great views. Certain times and days they do medieval sword fights/ duals and fire some of the trebuchets they have on display. However these shows are all in French, but still worth a watch. There are plenty of signs around... More

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Morristown, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The place was just fantastic. How they built this place on top of a rock out of rock. Well worth the trip to see. You can send all day there.

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San Francisco, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Not to be missed. One of France's top 100 most beautiful villages and the most secure fortress of all time.

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