Les Baux-de-Provence is a medieval hill-top town that looks out over the Alpilles mountains. One of the wonderful parts of Provence is that the landscape is so variable, even across short distances. Les Baux stands out as markedly different than many of the landscapes we saw on our trip. The town itself is tiny and quite touristy - it only has 22 year-round residents in the medieval center of the town - but it is worth a quick stop on any Provence road trip.
Our primary purpose for stopping through the town, in addition to seeing the incredible views, was to eat at a two-Michelin starred restaurant called L'Oustau de Baumanière. Kyle had read they had a lunch special, so we booked a table. Unfortunately, the lunch special is not available on the weekends (we were there on a Saturday, oops!), but the meal was unforgettable.
The restaurant sits in a valley between rocky hilltops (you can see it in the photo above), providing the perfect view and atmosphere to spend an afternoon drinking champagne in the warm sunshine. We had the vegetarian prix fixe menu, which was filled with bright, flavorful dishes such as the tomatoes, carrots, and asparagus dishes below.
A few photos from our stop over in Les Baux are below!