Located in the dreamy, medieval and semi-ruined Provençal village of Les Baux-de-Provence in the Alpilles Natural Regional Park, the Carrières de Lumières is a multi-media attraction featuring the works of world-famous artists such as Klimt, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Making use of a former quarry with huge, bare galleries held up by massive columns, art-based images are projected onto the surrounding rock accompanied by stirring music in an amazing son et lumière show that lasts for 40 minutes. The current show (due to end in January 2016) features the spectacular works of Italian Renaissance artists Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael in a totally immersive experience backed by the use of numerous video projectors and 3D audio. In between shows, the quarry walls are illuminated with ever-changing colors to reveal glittering minerals in the walls.
The excellent art bookshop on site features all the artists whose works are used in the light shows; there is also a program of concerts at the entrance to the Carrières, set against the backdrop of roughly hewn, 20-meter (66-foot) marble columns.
Route de Maillane, Les Baux-de-Provence. Open daily: Mar 7 –31 10am–6pm; Apr–Sept 9.30am–7pm; Oct–Jan 4 10am–6pm. Admission adults €10.50; seniors, students & children €8.50. Les Baux-de-Provence is 30 km (18.75 miles) south of Avignon.