This afternoon, I went on a great hike. We circled around the backside of les Baux de Provence. The views were fabulous and what a sunset. We may go back tomorrow and walk up the cobblestone streets of Les Baux.
We drove up the mountain past the parking for the Cathedral of Sound and Images, which doesn’t open until February. We followed the winding road until it ended in a parking lot.
The ruins of the castle in Les Baux de Provence covers an area of 7 hectares and is one of the most majestic locations in France. It is also a Historic Monument. From the castle, there is a breathtaking panoramic view of the Alpilles Valley and the entire region. Thanks to the audioguides available in 10 languages, visitors can listen to the chaotic, tumultuous history of the Lords of Les Baux and their mediaeval fortress, as they visit the keep, the Sarrazine and Paravelle Towers, the dovecote, the castle chapel and the Chapel of St. Blaise, the former Quiqueran Hospital. (information from the Les Baux site.)
I also found out that this year, between April 1st and September 30th, there will be catapult shooting and visitors can try their hand at shooting crossbows from the 15th century.
But in the fall and winter, where there are few visitors, I love walking up the steep cobble stone road and looking into the shops. On our way back down into the valley we stopped to admire the rock formations. I loved the one on the right. You can really climb into the holes and from there, sit and admire more views of Les Baux’s ruins. The hole on the left is from in the rock on the right. But there are also lots of other rock formations.