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Going by car to Les Baux de Provence - take coins!!

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Going by car to Les Baux de Provence - take coins!!

We were very dissappoointed when visiting Les Baux de Provence on a recent trip to Provence. You have to park at the foot of the hill and street parking costs 4 euros (flat rate). The thing is you have to pay only with coins (no credit cards accepted at the meters) and there is NOWHERE to change bills (no kiosks or shops). So we had to turn round and resign not visiting the village, as we didn't want to get towed or fined. So, better take 4 euros in coins with you when you go!

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Umbria, Italy
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1. Re: Going by car to Les Baux de Provence - take coins!!

you missed nothing as it is Disney Land incarnate.

We did park further down and did not pay so there is an option.

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2. Re: Going by car to Les Baux de Provence - take coins!!

We always have at least 20 or 30 euros hidden in the car console for tolls and such...

Also, agree with mausgrass...you didn't miss much.

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3. Re: Going by car to Les Baux de Provence - take coins!!

It is not just at Les Baux. The cost of parking varies, but most towns in France have pay-and-display parking, using machines that accept only coins. It is always wise to have a good supply of coins.

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4. Re: Going by car to Les Baux de Provence - take coins!!

Agree that the lower part of Les Baux is terribly blighted by tacky souvenir shops, but behind the tacky facades, especially in the upper village, are some very fine 16th and 17th century buildings that attest to Les Baux's former wealth and power, and the chateau is very impressive. I like it best out of the high season and there are some lovely traditional provencal celebrations over the Christmas period.

I have encountered that cash-only parking problem too, though!

Edited: 14 November 2012, 04:53
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