Normally once I hear that a spot is tremendously touristy, I roll my eyes, alter my expectations, and discover that it’s actually not that dangerous. I actually do consider that you’ll find good in something should you search for it, however possibly that’s the intense optimist in me.
I believe on this case although, I didn’t actually give myself time to consider the place I used to be going. My little half-day journey to Les Baux-de-Provence (which btw is completely hilarious to listen to the Google Maps GPS pronounce in an American accent – she says “lez boo day PC”) was fairly spontaneous. I did little analysis and no planning for it, and kind of simply rocked up with my shiny new rental automobile.
I suppose I used to be anticipating Les Baux to be much like the opposite Provençal hill cities I’d visited the week prior throughout our biking journey. I used to be not able to rub arms with college teams and hoards of retirees on vacation. Truthful sufficient, I’m not the one one eager to wander round one of many cutest cities in Provence.
I believe it was the mixture of the crowds + having restricted house by which to wander (brief, slim streets) + every part trying all good, shiny, and tourist-friendly that made me recoil. Nothing about Les Baux appeared genuine or quaint – it felt somewhat too Disneyland-esque to me.
I’m so glad I did go to Les Baux! I believe it’s effectively price a cease; the hot button is to know that it’s not a spot the place you’ll be able to aimlessly amble down streets and get these *omg I’m in Provence and every part is magical* feels (not less than not throughout summer season, once I visited). Les Baux is extra of a spot you go together with the intention of visiting a number of particular sights, which I’m about to spotlight for you on this publish.
Listed below are three belongings you completely should do in Les Baux-de-Provence:
Les Baux Jus
After two weeks of journey the place I used to be kind of decreased to consuming pastries daily for lack of the rest obtainable for breakfast, I used to be craving veggies and superfoods like no different. I imply, can a woman get an açaí bowl anyplace in France? (reply: apparently solely in Paris and Good).
Les Baux could not have made my smoothie bowls come true, nevertheless it did inject a beneficiant quantity of vitamins into my system because of natural uncooked meals cafe Les Baux Jus. They’ve an array of recent chilly pressed juices on supply, in addition to their well-liked discovery plate which comes with about 6 completely different objects. I devoured every part inside minutes: zucchini noodles, cauliflower risotto, and the inexperienced detox juice had been my faves.
Undoubtedly make a degree to cease by Les Baux Jus should you’re a fellow well being meals nerd or want a break from all these French pastries and bread!
Carrières de Lumières
Whoever first conceived the thought of using an outdated quarry as a backdrop for a sound and light-weight present is bloody sensible, so far as I’m involved.
Carrières de Lumières is an immersive artwork set up that opened in Les Baux in 2012, that includes 7000 sq. meters of limestone onto which colourful mild work are projected – together with each the ground and ceiling. The venue felt like a combination between a cave and a warehouse, with ample nooks and corners to discover and benefit from the present from.
The projections are the identical all through the quarry, so you may choose to remain in a single spot for your complete present and be capable to see the entire thing. And belief me, you’ll wish to watch the complete present – it’s completely mesmerizing watching the work morph and transfer with the soundtrack.
The present adjustments yearly; in 2019 it’s Van Gogh “Starry Night time”, which is somewhat becoming seeing because the artist lived and labored within the space.
A ticket prices €13, or it’s €16.50 for a mixed ticket that additionally consists of the chateau + a museum (*ahem*, you’re gonna wanna go for the combo ticket should you comply with the remainder of this publish!). They advocate reserving a time slot on-line prematurely of your go to as a result of it does get very busy (particularly on weekends) and so they stagger entry by the hour. I used to be capable of get in with out a reserving in the course of a Thursday afternoon, however there was a line at the moment.
Château des Baux de Provence
Touring to France and never visiting a chateau is like going to New York Metropolis and never having any pizza there. Don’t be foolish and skip the castles! They’re beautiful, filled with historical past, and a lot enjoyable to discover.
Château des Baux de Provence is an effective’un and effectively price a go to. You’ll know you made the fitting name while you stroll to the highest of the hill and catch the view of the encircling countryside backed by the Alpilles mountain vary. How fortunate had been the lords of Les Baux for attending to stay in a fort with a view like this?
It’s actually enjoyable strolling across the fort ruins and imagining what it will need to have appeared like when it was absolutely functioning. Apparently there was a hospital, bakehouse, chapels, and different army structure on the grounds.
You’ll be able to climb up the steep and slippery steps to the highest of the outdated towers for a view of the ruins from above, in addition to of the panorama beneath the city (mainly the identical jaw-dropping view you noticed close to the fort entrance).
One different factor I loved? All of the lavender in bloom across the chateau! I used to be in Provence only a week or two earlier than all of the lavender fields sometimes begin to bloom in late June, so I missed out on all of that lavender motion whereas biking previous these fields the week prior. However right here on the chateau, there’s loads of purple to ogle.
A ticket to Château des Baux de Provence prices €8, however should you’re additionally hitting up Carrières de Lumières then you definately’ll wish to get the mixed ticket for €16.50.