Les Baux-de-Provence – The Most Beautiful Villages in France 2023 No.14 (revisited) -★★★★★

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Les Baux-de-Provence is not only known as one of the most beautiful villages in France, but it is also a popular tourist destination in Provence. Its accessibility from world heritage sites like Avignon and Arles adds to its appeal, making it an extremely popular village. I myself have visited this village twice before, so this will be my third time.

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However, the purpose of this visit was not to stroll around the village like the previous two times, but to stay at the upscale inn “Baumanière” located on the north-northwest side of the village.

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The restaurant “L’Oustau de Baumanière” at this inn is renowned as a top-tier restaurant that has maintained its three Michelin stars for many years. I was aware of the existence of this inn and restaurant because when I first visited the village of Les Baux, I wondered what the luxurious-looking establishment on this vast property was? It had left a deep impression on me. However, the region of Provence has numerous villages registered as the most beautiful in France and world heritage sites like Avignon. Although I visited these places multiple times, I always stayed in places like Avignon or Gordes, so I never had the opportunity to visit this inn.

But this time, having the chance to visit Provence again after a long while, I decided early on in my trip planning to make a reservation. I traveled in August 2023, but I made my reservation for Baumanière on January 7, 2023. It was more than half a year in advance, but the August reservations were already filling up, and there were limited days available even in the first week of August. Still, I was able to secure a reservation on a good date during my stay in France.

Finally, the day arrived. Although our departure from the village we visited just before was slightly delayed than expected, we managed to arrive at the destination around 5 pm. The reception of this inn was more than 1km away from the actual location of the restaurant and the accommodations in the same building as the restaurant. After checking in at the reception, we followed the inn’s staff car to the facility where we would be staying.

Upon arriving at the accommodation and resting for a bit in the room, our dinner at the three-star restaurant began.

I would like to introduce the experience with photos in the following section.

The appearance of the building


First, we enjoyed an aperitif and some snacks on the terrace.


During that time, we decided on which menu to choose. We opted for the most luxurious menu, priced at 330 euros.


The wine list was on a tablet. We ordered a local Côte du Rhône wine.


As for the meal, here it is.


Now, regarding my impressions of the three-star restaurant, the atmosphere was truly top-notch and impressive. However, to be honest about the meal, I felt that the two-star restaurant in Nîmes we dined at the day before (which I’ll introduce in this blog later) was superior in both quantity and quality. But considering the overall ambiance of the restaurant, the attentive service of the staff, and the concept of tradition and cuisine, I indeed agreed that “Baumanière” was the superior restaurant. To reiterate, the atmosphere was truly splendid.

After finishing our meal, we returned to our room and had a relaxing night’s sleep. It’s wonderful to be able to get to your room immediately after dining at the restaurant.

The next morning, we had breakfast in the garden of the accommodation. It was a lavish breakfast, but given that this area is a bit rural, the cost, even for such ambiance and breakfast quality, was around 30 euros, which is not as expensive as in the city, which is very nice.

After a leisurely breakfast, we checked out of the inn just after 10 am. After that, we took a short stroll around the village of Les Baux before heading to our next destination.

The scene at breakfast.


The state of the village.


For a detailed description of the village, please refer to the information below.

Les Baux-de-Provence is a picturesque village located in the southern part of France, in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. It is renowned for its stunning natural setting, rich history, and cultural attractions. Here are some key aspects of Les Baux-de-Provence:

  1. Historical Significance: Les Baux-de-Provence has a long and storied history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to prehistoric times. The village is known for its medieval heritage, and it was once home to a powerful feudal lordship, the Lords of Baux.
  2. Castle Ruins: The highlight of Les Baux-de-Provence is the imposing Château des Baux, a medieval castle perched on a rocky outcrop. Although the castle is now in ruins, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Visitors can explore the remnants of the castle and its defensive walls.
  3. Art and Culture: Les Baux-de-Provence has a strong connection to art and culture. It is famous for the Carrieres de Lumieres, an immersive art installation located in an old quarry. This unique venue projects artworks onto the quarry’s walls, creating a multimedia experience that showcases famous paintings and artistic movements.
  4. Cobblestone Streets: The village itself is a charming maze of narrow, cobblestone streets and beautifully preserved medieval architecture. Visitors can stroll through the historic center, which is filled with quaint shops, boutiques, and cafes.
  5. Boutiques and Galleries: Les Baux-de-Provence is known for its artisanal boutiques and galleries. You can find a wide range of locally made products, including ceramics, textiles, and Provencal goods. It’s an excellent place to shop for souvenirs or unique gifts.
  6. Culinary Delights: The village also offers a taste of Provencal cuisine. There are several restaurants and eateries where you can savor regional dishes and wines. Olive oil production is another local specialty, and you can often find olive oil tastings in the area.
  7. Natural Beauty: The surroundings of Les Baux-de-Provence are characterized by rugged limestone hills, olive groves, and vineyards. The Alpilles Natural Regional Park is nearby, providing opportunities for hiking and enjoying the natural beauty of the region.
  8. Tourist Attractions: In addition to the castle ruins and Carrieres de Lumieres, there are other attractions in the area, including the Saint Vincent Church and the Museum of Santon (a museum dedicated to traditional Provencal nativity scenes).

Les Baux-de-Provence is a popular tourist destination due to its historical charm, cultural attractions, and stunning landscapes. It offers a glimpse into the rich history and beauty of the Provence region in France.