Perched high upon a craggy rock formation, the medieval Vino con Vista village of Les Baux-de-Provence was popular with Van Gogh, Cezanne and Gauguin. It is located between Arles and Nimes in Provence France where you can visit the ruins of the old fortress in the “Dead City”.
Get an audio guide to find out why the “Dead City” (“Ville Morte”) was terrorized. In 1642, the town was granted to distant relatives of Monaco’s Grimaldi Family when they helped Louis XIII defeat the Spanish. They were granted Las Baus and St. Remy. The title Marquis des Baux is still held by the Grimaldi family.
There are magnificent panoramic views of the Provencal countryside from ruins of the Grimaldi castle. The lower level, “Living City”, is pedestrian-only and reminds me of St. Paul de Vence with a 17th century Chapelle des Penitents Blanc.
While you are in this are, make plans to visit the 10th century Abbey of Montmajour and the Mill of Daudet where you can see many interesting sites including: the 11th century hermitage and the Chapel of St. Peter and the 12th century Chapel of the Holy Cross. The Chapel of the Holy Cross has a valuable piece of Christ’s Cross.
Van Gogh loved to paint the abbey and landscape. For more information visit:
Visitor information www.lesbauxdeprovence.com
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com