Buis-les-Baronnies is a village of the Drôme Provençale, situated in the Baronnies Provençales Regional Nature Park in the Rhône-Alpes region. Sitting on the right bank of the Ouvèze River it has the Mont Ventoux directly in its sights.
Legend has it that Hannibal, the Carthaginian general, stopped here and let his elephants drink at the fountain of Le Buis.
The "Baronnies" dates from the Middle Ages and comes from the uniting of the local baronies of Mévouillon and Montauban, of which Le Buis was the capital. The Baronnies were integrated into the Dauphiné, which itself was incorporated into the Kingdom of France in 1349.
The village of Buis les Baronnies in the Drôme Provençale
The countryside of Buis les Baronnies
Olive grove in Buis les Baronnies
Linden of Buis les Baronnies
The Linden fair in Buis-les-Baronnies
Herbalist's bags at the market of Buis les Baronnies
The chapel of the Ursulines in Buis les Baronnies
Fountains of the village of Buis les Baronnies
The Gorges du Toulourenc
Orchard in the vicinity of Buis les Baronnies
During the French Revolution, the population, recalcitrant to the new powers, expelled the priest from the constitutional church. Le Buis conclusively lost its status as an administrative capital, to the town of Nyons benefit.
The economy of Buis les Baronnies is centered around two activities: farming and tourism.
The commune is privileged due to its geographic situation in the middle of prairies, olive groves, lavender fields and orchards, all sheltered by the surrounding mountains from the strong winds coming off the Rhône Valley. All these conditions make for a favourable climate and the growth of Mediterranean type plants.
Since the 19th century, the village's specialty is the linden and each year a festival celebrates this precious plant. Many farmers and business people base their activity around the linden tree as well as other medicinal plants and herbs such as savory, sage, thyme and lavender.
Small industries and well-known trademarks have sprung up, like “La Maison des Plantes de Buis”, which for two centuries has excelled in local production, boasting a range of top quality products: essential oils, cosmetics and edibles as well as herbal products.
Buis-les-Baronnies has a picturesque charm, as seen in its rich historic heritage, a rural and Provençal habitat that must be visited, many sights to discover like the market square with its 14th century arches, the Dominican convent, the old Romanesque bridge over the Ouvèze, the olive oil mill and the garden of fragrances.
It is also a paradise for outdoor activities: bicycle tourism, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock-climbing, paragliding and all the marked walking trails along the olive and lavender routes or the Gorges of the Nesque and the Gorges of Toulourenc. With its majestic landscapes it is the ideal destination for a day out with the family, picnicking and swimming in the clear and shallow waters of the streams and lakes where amateur fishers can also throw their lines.
In the area around Buis-les-Baronnies
Mollans sur Ouvèze:
The feudal castle
The dolphin fountain
The Notre Dame de la Compassion chapel
The Chauvet Olive Oil Mill
La Roche sur le Buis:
The J.F. Layraud Museum of Agriculture and Popular Arts and Traditions
The Jardin des Simples garden