Built atop a rocky outcrop in the heart of the Alpilles, the Château des Baux has breathtaking views over Provence. Discover the tumultuous, eventful history of the Lords of les Baux and their medieval fortress.
Overlooking the village and perched on the highest part of the rock, the Château des Baux site covers more than 5 hectares: one of the most extraordinary places in France, protected as a Monument Historique.
You'll discover the main vestiges of the Château's tumultuous past. In 24 illustrations, visitors will discover the Château as it was in the Middle Ages. Like a great history book, the illustrations bring the various buildings to life. 27 panels explaining local history and geography punctuate the tour.
Panoramic tables complete the signage, showing the highlights of Provence and the Camargue, the exceptional landscape that stretches out at the foot of the château.
Audioguides retracing the castle's history tell of Provence's past, taking you on a journey back to the time of knights, rebel lords, wars and tournaments, and lonely damsels. Under the castle vaults, medieval music, the voices of warriors and the laughter of banquets resound... Available in ten languages (F, GB, D, I, NL, E, J, R, C, P), they are handed out free of charge to all visitors, who can follow the tour at their own pace, according to their own interests.
Its keep is the most representative vestige of this military architecture. Anchored in the rock since the late 12th century, it appears to be the last rampart of this impregnable fortress. Decorative remains adorn the high walls: ornate, sculpted caps depict Saint Michael slaying the dragon and the griffin. The base of the keep supports a Gallo-Roman votive stele with the mysterious Trémaïe (or Three Marys) reliefs, where the faithful believe they can see the effigies of the Virgin Mary, Marie Jacobé and Marie Salomé.
Find out more about all the events and activities on offer throughout the year at www.lesbauxdeprovence.com
Reduced price: from 6 €
Adult: from 8 €
Child : from 6 €
Large family: 25 to 33 €
Group adults: 6 to 8 €
Group children : 4.50 to 5.50 €.
Free entry for children < 7 years, the drivers.
Child entry valid for 7 - 25 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.
Group : 20 minimum number of people
All year round, daily.
January, February, November, December: 10am to 5pm
March, October: 9:30am to 6:30pm
April, May, June, September: 9am to 7pm
July and August: 9am to 7:30pm
Latest entry time is 1 hour before closing time.