Le Château des Baux-de-Provence

A mediaeval fortress

It was in the 13th century that the rocky spur of Les Baux was capped with this imposing fortress. Its naturally entrenched and high-perched situation made it possible to observe and protect the surroundings.

The architects of the day tamed the site by carving into the rock to reinforce its defensive nature.

The Château des Baux-de-Provence extends over 5 hectares, and the whole site is a listed Historical Monument.

Situated in the foothills of the Alpilles massif, it offers a breathtaking panorama of Provence, from Aix to Arles, and beyond. On a clear day you can see the Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Camargue.

Restoration of the keep

Hit by lightning last year, the top of the keep was damaged.
Safety work began on 19 February and will be completed on 2 April 2024. A second lightning conductor will be installed on the building.

Most of the Château will remain open to visitors. During the works, however, access to the castral chapel, the keep, the Paravelle tower and the north-facing walkway will be closed.

A little bit of history

A castrum in Les Baux is mentioned in texts dating from the second half of the 10th century. Les Baux was then occupied essentially for military purposes.

In the Middle Ages, the House of Les Baux, descended from powerful Provençal families, possessed 79 towns and strongholds spread all round Provence and in the neighbouring counties that were called the “terres Baussenques”.

At that time, the territory of Les Baux acquired a certain renown in literature and philosophy.

The court of Les Baux became famous for its courtly feasts where poets and troubadours came to entertain the beautiful ladies and the knights.

Witnesses of a rich history

The keep, and the Sarrasine and Paravelle towers, the cave dwellings, the castle’s chapel, the ‘hare’s hole’ defensive passageway, the cistern, the bakery, the dovecots, the lower halls and the courtyards all bear witness to a rich past.

Built on three levels on the cliffside, the fortress stands on a rocky spur, its walls carved into the limestone rock or backing onto the escarpment walls.

Prepare your visit

Plan your visit to the Château des Baux-de-Provence.

You’ll find opening times and prices here, and you can also buy your tickets online.

Professionals

The Destination des Baux-de-Provence offers reduced rates for groups to visit the Château des Baux.

You can also book a guided tour of the village of Les Baux, the Château or the village and the Château des Baux with a tour guide.

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Perched in splendid isolation on top of a natural plateau, Les Baux-de-Provence has always offered its inhabitants the dual advantage of being able to observe the land all around and to protect themselves.

Events

Enjoy the beautiful days on the Esplanade du Château and admire the magnificent landscapes of the Vallée des Baux. Upcoming events and exhibitions in Les Baux-de-Provence.

Tourist Office

Maison du Roy, Rue Porte Mage,
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence
Tél. +33 (0)4 90 54 34 39

tourisme@lesbauxdeprovence.com

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Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
Weekends & public holidays: 10.00 am to 5.30 pm
Closure: 25 December and 1 January

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