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“A lovely surprise”

Chateau des Baux de Provence
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Private Tour: Les Baux de Provence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

We visited this village after stumbling across it whilst driving through the region and so had no preconceptions about what we might find there.
It was fairly busy but there was parking (free for first hour) and it was a few minutes walk to the start of the gentle climb up some steps to the start of the village.
We had thought it was simply a few remains at the top of some hillside but this is an incredible and largely still intact medieval village with beautiful winding cobbled streets, pretty doorway, beautiful views, flowers, shops, cafes, restaurants, churches and noticeably friendly, smiley residents/vendors.
The shops are mostly touristy but still selling lovely items and it was nice to browse around them. There was an area where you could pay and access more but we didn’t bother with that, there was still heaps so see and do that was free. A really enjoyable place to spend a couple of hours (or longer) and not so busy that we felt claustrophobic or that you couldn’t move at your own pace.
My only slight disappointment is a lack of more accessible information explaining different areas around the site. But it’s not a bit deal, just would have been nice to learn more about the history.

Thank suziedavis2018
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"castle ruins"
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"siege engines"
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"war machines"
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"battering ram"
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"medieval village"
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"re enactments"
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"kids and adults"
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"views of the surrounding countryside"
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"ruined castle"
in 10 reviews
"great for kids"
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"souvenir shops"
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"light show"
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"lots of history"
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"middle ages"
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"couple of hours"
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

This is well worth the price of admission; has something for everyone; great views of the surrounding landscapes; lots of history; catapults, trebuchets, battering rams and other full size siege engines; plus the chance to climb the towers and have a go at firing a cross-bow (under supervision)! As an added bonus, there was an art exhibition in the courtyard. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to enjoy it thoroughly!

Thank Lizi7696
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Reviewed September 8, 2018

that this is a charming little village with lovely views, think again! It is now entirely given over to tourist shops. The best views are fenced off and you are charged about 5 euros to look at them or do anything at all. (There may be a ticket that covers everything, I don't know). Virtually everything closes down by 6 pm, there is no life here at all. Parking is difficult, and probably impossible in season - but I wouldn't want to come here in season anyway because it would be so crowded, which spoils the whole concept.
The best thing we saw was the modern stained glass in the church, which was stunning.

Thank verity1
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Reviewed September 7, 2018

Once at the top you will have beautiful commanding views of the surrounding valley and hills. It is very nice but not sure that the admission price is really worth it.

Thank nemanja1205
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Reviewed September 4, 2018

This is must see in Provence. Fab little village with nice shops and restaurants. We keep coming back.

Thank Dominique R
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