Baux de Provence
For centuries, on this striking site, the Lords of the Baux established their power and imposed their rule over all of Provence. Baux is perched atop a cliff that overlooks in hospitable marshes and watches over the Alpilles hills. Over the centuries it has been a place of refuse and surveillance and has always been a true eagle's next a protected and populated hideaway. There are many ancient traces of present human presence here,including remnants of the Fairies' Grotto, The Oppidum des Bringasses (a hilltop fort), a Celtic cemetery on the
Vayède hillside, and sculptures of the Tremaie.
The Provençal mas is characterised by the simplicity of its volumes and the sobriety of its materials; the architecture, untouched by fashion, keeps all its charm in the countryside. The agricultural activity of Provence is above all orientated towards early crops, fruits and vines. Vines cover the slopes of every favourable area. Provence is also an orchard; the Lubéron in Spring is a bouquet of flowers, cherries, plums, apricots, peaches and apples grow on every side. Honey production remains also an activity connected with the perfume of the flowers of Provence. The orchards, the hillsides and lavender are the allies of
the bees for the garnishing of the honeycombs.