Provence – Day 6 – St. Rémy → Les Baux-de-Provence → Gordes
Saturday, June 11, 2022
The winds subsided on Saturday, so we could hike Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Les Baux-de-Provence — about 10 km, 6.2 miles. It was very, very hot, but we made it. We left around 9. We did a detour to an outlook that was incredibly worthwhile as we got a fantastic view of Les Baux. Then a stop at Carrières des Lumières before entering Les Baux. The details:
The route, mostly on the GR6 (grand randonnée), follows a rolling trail along a ridge and continues as the path gently undulates to Les Baux. The route heads south then west then southwest.
We headed down the main road from our B&B for a little more than 1 km, and turned right long before Saint Paul de Mausole. We quickly passed a walled Jewish cemetery from the Middle Ages, open once a year in September. About 3 km from our start, we reached the southern end of Lac du Peirou. Once there, we picked up the red-and-white stripes of the wide track GR for about 6 km continuing south and then west. Before turning left (south) off the GR to the 1 km path to the paved road to Carrières des Lumières, we did a detour 500 meter to and 500m back from a rocky outcrop for an amazing view of Les Baux.
Classic signpost. We hiked the GR6 route, blazed with red and white stripes.
Eileen against a beautiful backdrop.
The wide track is visible above the brush.
Most of the trip was on this wide track.
Another view as we walked.
We took a detour for a primo view of Les Baux-de-Provence.
We got to Carrières des Lumières about 1 pm. We had a snack and entered the enormous space at 1:30 for a 30-40 minute very creative show of scenes in Venice.
The projections changed and moved.
An enormous cavern.
Then we walked the 1 km to Les Baux. We headed up (I mean up) to the top of Les Baux, got a good view of the Castle ruins (we did not go in), took in the view, stopped for some drinks.
We headed down a little after 4 pm through the original gate – the Water Gate – to a road to catch our ride (a very funny guy) to Gordes. He has lived in the Luberon all his life.
When we got to Gordes, we checked in to a high end Bed and Breakfast, Domaine de l’Enclos for a two night stay. We walked into town to have a magnificent dinner at L’Artégal. Below is my duck starter.