Les Baux-de-Provence, How To Get To Les Baux De Provence
The South of France
Perhaps the most visited village in the Alpilles Hills, Les Baux-de-Provence occupies a high rocky ledge Between St Remy and Mouries, about 30 miles south of Avignon. From the hill you can see the Rhone River Delta and the flat land of the Camargue. The promontory commands an excellent view of the valley, making it long a strategic position for settlement.
Signs of early settlements have been found at Les Baux that go back to 6th century BC Celts.
Even today a climb to the ledge at the top of the high parking lot will reveal stone works and cave dwellings.
The fortress, now a ruin, housed a line of kings and queens that ruled the surrounding area from the second century to the 12 the century and was then ruled by French kings until being razed in 1632 by order of Cardinal Richelieu in his attempt to punish the town for revolting against French Catholic rule and his desire to unify France under a central government
The village was then made a Principality and given to the Grimaldi Family, the rulers of Monaco
Travel To Les Baux-de-Provence, in the South of France
When To Go To Provence, The South of France
Cherries, apricots, and melons ripen in June. The end of June sees the lavender ripening and the fields turning purple about 30 miles north of Les Baux. Sunflowers are in full bloom end of June.
High on the vacation list could be a vacation rental, vacation Gite, or a villa with a full kitchen, a food chopper, grinder, or a processor so that when visiting Provence on a culinary vacation you can do some healthy French cooking. Rentals are more available in May, June, September October: either side of the July August high season.
Reach Provence by high speed roads from Paris, by fast TGV trains from Paris, or by Ryan Air out of Gatwick or Standsted, London flying into Marseille.
Avignon is the nearest large city to Les Baux-de-Provence and one of the principle cities of Provence. It has a TGV station with rental cars at the station. Les Baux is 30 miles south of Avignon
Arles is another major city in Provence that has Train Service. Arles is 12 miles east of Les Baux.
The TGV station is in Nimes and from there conventional trains or buses serve nearby Arles, about 20 miles southeast.
In the south,
Marseilles has a large airport north of the city with surface transportation to all areas of Provence.
TGV Trains from Paris reach Marseille Les Baux-de-Provence is 60 miles northwest of Marseille
No Passing for commercial vehicles
No Passing zone ends
with yield to
traffic in rotary
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns. Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations..
Information for those renting a vehicle in Provence
Reach Les Baux-de-Provence in the South of France via TGV train to Avignon from Paris.