Nov 13, 2012. We were very dissappoointed when visiting Les Baux de Provence on a. You have to park at the foot of the hill and street parking costs 4.
Even the discovery of bauxite in the 19th century (named after the town) nearby did little to raise its fortunes. However, everythingchanged in the 20th century, particularly with the efforts of Raymond Thuiler, owner of the luxury hotel Oustaù de Baumanière in the nearby Val d'Enfer (Hell's Valley).
A disused quarry, it is now used to show audio-visual art installations, featuring artists such as Monet, Chagall, Renoir and Van Gogh. Check their website to find out the latest exhibitions.
There are a number of luxury options in the surrounding countryside, tryLa Cabro d'OrorL'Oustau de Baumaniere- both are 5 star with spa and Michelin restaurants. The 4 star rural hotelHameau des Bauxis a converted luxury farmhouse with 20 rooms and suites, set in pretty gardens. The bastide, Benvengudo offers rather pricier rooms with a contemporary feel; it has tennis courts and petanque on site, plus touring bike rentals when booked in advance. See Hotels in Les Baux, France, location: Les Baux, style, sight Type: Town/Village).
You shouldn't let the lines of parked cars put you off stopping at Les Baux de Provence. This is one of the loveliest hilltop villages you'll come across, and it's worth the fight through the crowds to take a look.