Looking Down on Hell Valley From Castle Ruins in Provence, France
You stand amidst the ruins of a medieval castle high atop the village of Les Baux de Provence and admire the view. It’s the valley of hell. Or so it was named after Dante’s Inferno, which is said to have been inspired from this region in Provence. The tortured landscape, a combination of wind-shaped gray rock, gaping holes left by the limestone miners, sharp green vegetation, and the brilliant blue sky, is a popular place for hikers, bikers, and Sunday drivers. The marked trails that cut through the Val d’Enfer as well as the winding road that leads to Les Baux traverse portions of private property and farmland providing opportunities for meeting the locals and sampling their products—tasting wine, nibbling olives or experiencing lavender ice cream—before heading off again.