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. Ideally, don't come in mid summer, otherwise you will be sharing every nook & cranny with a thousand other tourists.
Les Baux dates back to the Middle Ages when it's awesome castle was used to control and protect the surrounding area. Today the narrow streets are filled with gift shops, art galleries, gourmet food shops and cafes. It's very pretty place full of olde worlde charme. I guess some may call it twee, but without this restoration, the village would have been unlikely to survive into the 21st century, and Provence would have been a lesser place to visit.
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