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Chateau des Baux de Provence

Address: 13520 Les Baux de Provence, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)4 90 54 55 56
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: With a view over Provence to the Mediterranean, the Château des Baux...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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tampa, fl
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I thought Le Baux was just ok overall, the castle was super expensive to tour up top. The walled little city was quaint with lots of little shops and old architecture. The church was one of my favorite spots and the little square in front of it offered good views of provence. I would probably not visit here again but... More 

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Oyster Bay, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Even though the "Mistral" winds descended upon our group, which made the day quite chilly this is a must visit location when in Provence! Definitely get the audio guide when you are touring the remaining fortresses! The village and quaint shops are a delight. Make sure you go to the church and see the sheep!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is a great old historic castle overlooking the town and the surrounding countryside. Lovely views below in several directions, rock outcroppings and trees, winding castle streets and interesting history, with various shops and cafes along the way. Very atmospheric. Some of it you can explore for free but the very top and the exhibits require a modest admission fee.... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

A definite place to visit while in provence. It may seem touristy but it is very surreal and brings you back in history. The views are great and the feeling is magnificent when you are there. Lots of interesting little shops as well which are worth looking at, tasting the sweets and biscuits. I believe most of the snacks there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Although mostly destroyed they do a great job of showing the important sections of the old castle as well as the weaponry used. You can come up the ramparts and down into the rooms. Well worth a visit, just be sure to bring change to pay the parking meter and water as it gets hot and there is little shade.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Takes a good two hours to walk round & appreciate turbulent history. The whole place is purchased on a rocky spur. You will discover one of France's finest historic cites. It looks over the famous village of Beaux. Also offers a unique panorama from the Chateau over the Beaux Valley. Hope you have a sat nav as its not the... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The Chateau is a must-do item for any visit to this part of Provence. Prepare to spend at least half a day exploring the castle grounds, take in a mock-duel, enjoy a show as the reenactors fire off the trebuchet and other siege equipment and enjoy the views of the southern Provence plains from this vista. The castle is worth... More 

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Rayne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This is a fantastic place to visit medieval village atop a rocky hill.Give yourself plenty of time to explore the views are stunning

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Coconut Creek, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The amazing hilltop village of Les Baux sits atop a rocky mountain spur like an eagle's nest perched 800 feet above the valley below. The steep stairs and winding cobblestoned alleys are not suitable for those with mobility concerns. Many local artists have shops displaying all sorts of wares for sale. Well worth the effort if you're in the area.

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Ballito, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Les Baux is a beautiful medieval village on top of limestone cliff, with spectacular views of the picturesque countryside of La Provence. Little alleyways, tiny artisan shops, and restaurants serving delicious food. Beautifully maintained and clean. A worthwhile destination.

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