Place : Les Baux de Provence (Bouches du Rhône)
Participants : Teenagers (16-17 years old)
The Montée au Château, the path up to the castle, where you’ll be working, was once lined with agricultural terraces bordered by dry stone wall. Today, the terraces have gone and all that remains are some scattered piles of stones. The workcamp will supplement the work of previous volunteers and focus on rebuilding these walls using dry stone building techniques, a sustainable and ecological way of building.
Building technique: Dry stone masonry
Accommodation: Boarding school accommodation at the Alpilles Agricultural College, in dormitories, 20 minutes by car from the workcamp.
Help out, in turn, with daily tasks (cooking, cleaning). Building work in the mornings, Mon-Fri. Free time in afternoons and weekends, with a choice of group excursions and activities.
Some ideas for excursions: Hiking in the Alpilles and the Camargue, swimming at the Côte Bleue, visit to the Carrières de Lumière, excursions to Marseille, Aix-en-Provence or Arles, local festivals (concerts, theatre, etc.).
A bit of history:
The medieval town of Les Baux de Provence sits atop a rocky plateau in the heart of the Alpilles regional nature park, with outstanding views over to Arles and Camargue. There has been a settlement on this naturally elevated and defensive position since prehistoric times because it provides a perfect vantage point to survey the surrounding countryside and fight off invaders.
Nowadays, Les Baux boasts the title of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” and attracts over one million tourists a year who come to see its fine listed heritage, such as the castle and its many mansion houses. The famous “Carrières de Lumières” galleries also provide a venue for a uniquely amazing daily light and sound shows where stone was once quarried.
The Union APARE-CME began rebuilding these ancient terraces in 2015 and has already made considerable progress to reinstate the dry-stone walls.