The village of Baux de Provence is situated in the heart of the Alpilles on a rocky plateau 245m high., making it a hard to reach but worthwhile stop on your Provence bike tour. A brilliant view of Arles, the Camargue and the Alpilles can be seen from the look-out points in the town.
The village is officially classified and labelled as one of the most beautiful villages in France and is certainly one of the most visually stunning towns in Provence. Its cultural heritage is exceptionally rich, with 22 architectural treasures classified as “Historic Monuments” (including the church, chateau, town-hall, hospital, chapels, houses, doorways…).
The village can only be visited by foot, making it a good stop on a self guided bike tour in Provence when you can leave your bike and spend as much time as you like admiring the ancient houses that have been carefully restored, beautiful Renaissance façades and the magnificent “hôtels particuliers” which today serve as art galleries or museums. Don’t miss the “Citadelle des Baux” at the summit of the village. Les Baux covers 7 hectares and visitors can discover the main ruins of its dramatic past: the keep, Saracen towers, chapel, old war weapons… At the entrance of Les Baux, you can visit the History Museum which will explain village life and history through the centuries.