Surrounded by fields of lavender, and sheltered from the strong winds of the Rhône corridor, Buis-les-Baronnies is a picturesque market town benefitting from a pleasant Mediterranean climate.
Once you've parked in one of the large car parks outside the town, you can walk into the historic centre and head first for the Place du Marché.
It’s not for nothing that this market square has been listed as a Historical Monument, with its virtually triangular shape, its rather quirky façades repainted with the bright colours of the South, its very low covered passageways and arcades dating back to the 15th century and the superb fountain in pride of place in the centre. On market days this square is filled with marvellous smells and colours.
You’ll also enjoy wandering along the pedestrian streets and alleyways of Buis-les-Baronnies, to admire a few isolated sections of the medieval town walls, including a ruined tower which was once used as a prison. There are also some fine pieces of Renaissance architecture such as a remarkable door which was once part of the former Dominican convent built in 1594 and now used as a holiday centre.
The locals will no doubt tell you about the “Romanesque bridge” which in fact dates back to the late 17th century, and spans the Ouvèze.
They’ll also mention the “Ouvèze dike", frequently destroyed in flash floods and rebuilt in the 18th century, which is today known as the “promenade des Princes de Monaco”.
You’ll be able to enjoy a most pleasant stroll under the shady plane trees, while perhaps witnessing a game of pétanque with a very local flavour.
Buis-les-Baronnies is also considered to be one of the historical focus points of climbing in France, with an international reputation.
Right next to the village the cliffs in the gorge of Ubrieux and on the Rocher de Saint-Julien are equipped for all kinds of climbers, from beginners to the most proficient.
Ideal to stretch your legs after (or before) a pastis under the plane trees !
What to see:
Place du marché (historical monument) with its 15th century façades, roofs and arcades.
Maison des Arômes (250 square metre exhibition of aromatic plants).
Former chapel of the Ursuline nuns.
Oil mill at the municipal well (entry free of charge).
Mill of Les Baronnies (regional produce on sale).
Mill of Cost (former watermill, exhibition of traditional tools: open in summer)..
Garden of Fragrances (Jardin des Senteurs).
Hikes, mountain biking (4 way-marked routes starting from Buis-les-Baronnies).
Horse-riding (Equestrian centre at Le Rieuchaud. Trekking centre at Le Villard).
Climbing : rocher Saint-Julien (100 routes from 4a to 7c), gorges d’Ubrieux (150 routes from 3 to 8b),
la Baume Rousse (25 routes from 4+ to 8b), Mévouillon (40 routes from 5 to 8b), Trois-Rivières (100 routes from 5 to 8b)..
Aerial sports (areas for take-off of hang-gliders and para-gliders nearby).
Clay pigeon shooting. 4X4 and Quad. Fishing. Bathing.