Chateau des Baux de Provence, Les Baux de Provence

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Chateau des Baux de Provence was built in the tenth century and ruled by the lords of Baux for 500 years, during great political conflicts. This site became famous for its minstrels and troubadours, who performed every day in the honor of the king. The kings of France finally conquered the castle in the 16th century, and King Louis XIII ordered its demolition. Today, the chateau houses three life-size replicas of war machines. Tourists can watch live, daily demonstrations of enormous catapults, including the biggest trebuchet in Europe. This machine could toss a 100 kg (220 lb) rock a distance of 180 m (200 yds). Make Chateau des Baux de Provence a part of your Les Baux de Provence vacation plans using our Les Baux de Provence itinerary planner.
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  • Well worth a stop. Pretty village and nice castle. in summer be sure to arrive before 6 pm. Only a couple of restaurants are open after that. 
    Well worth a stop. Pretty village and nice castle. in summer be sure to arrive before 6 pm. Only a couple of restaurants are open after that.  more »
  • Decided to go here - as we “had time” so not really planned. This was such a positive surprise. It is so understated at most sites - and it impressed big time. Plan a good hour on the top part, so if....  more
    Decided to go here - as we “had time” so not really planned. This was such a positive surprise. It is so understated at most sites - and it impressed big time. Plan a good hour on the top part, so if....  more »
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  • A must visit for people interested in medieval castles. There’s a video (subtitled in English) playing inside the castle about the region’s (and castle’s) past, which is very informative. Entry to the castle is 8 EUR for adults at the time of writing. The town itself is also very worthwhile: calm and authentic with beautiful sightseeing-spots all over.
  • For more than 15 years I’ve frequented the area around Saint Remy, and Les Baux has always held a special place in my heart. I visited as a child with my parent, then some years later I came back to enjoy the sights from this hilltop masterpiece. I agree, many of the restaurants are expensive but please try to understand, they have a small window of opportunity to make enough money to see them through the winter when tourists aren’t visiting. It’s either 0 or 100 regarding people visiting places like this. It’s well worth a look to take in the breathtaking scenery. Especially at sunrise or sunset.

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