Luxury vacation rentals in Les Baux-de-Provence, Alpilles

Les Baux-de-Provence

Les Baux-de-Provence is in the heart of the Alpilles, only a short drive from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, visitors big and small will enjoy this picturesque medieval village and its castle.


Nowadays Les Baux-de-Provence has a tiny resident population and the whole site is a tourist attraction where you will find Europe's largest catapults, regular medieval re-enactments and demonstrations from April to September.

source Fabrice Terrasson

Les Baux-de-Provence owes its name to its position on a rocky outcrop which is called a bauç in Provençal. It is this ideal defensive position which attracted settlers as far back as 6000 BC.

In the Middle Ages the village and its castle belonged to the noble family of Baux up until the late 12th century.They claimed ancestry from the from the Magus king Balthazar which explains why the Star of Bethlehem is on the village's coat of arms.

Being a Protestant stronghold during the wars of religion of the 17th century, the cardinal Richelieu ordered its defences destroyed. In 1642 the marquisiate of Baux was transferred to the Grimaldis, the reigning family of Monaco still carries the title to this day.

The mineral bauxite which contains aluminium was named after the village by the geologist Pierre Berthier who discovered it in 1822.

The Carrières de Lumières is a converted salt mine at the bottom of Les Baux which hosts unique multimedia shows using the 14m high galleries as backdrops to spectacular displays of the world's finest artists. In 2013 the Carrières' theme is "Monnet, Renoir....Chagal. Journeys around the Mediterranean."

This larger than life art gallery offers exceptional light and sound experiences that are worth experiencing during your stay in a luxury rental in Provence.

source Andrea Schaffer

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