The ochres in the Luberon

An exceptional regional context

Roussillon is a magnificent village, in the heart of the classified Luberon ocher massif, and it has its color. A visit to the ocher trail, at the edge of the village, is essential. A few kilometers away, in Gargas, the spectacular underground mines of Bruoux are worth a detour.
A few kilometers from Apt, it can be reached by the Avignon TGV or Aix – Marseille airport. Many accommodation solutions for all budgets are available around the conservatory.

Continue your adventure in the heart of ochres

Our region is full of sites which are much more than “beautiful places”, each one carries a heritage, history but also know-how specific to our territory.
The partnership between these different sites makes it possible to move from contemplative tourism to an immersive experience focused on color in all its forms.
Whether as a living showcase of Luberon know-how or as organizers of cultural and festive events, all partners are keen to share the many talents of our region.

Les mines du Bruoux

The mines of Bruoux

The Mines de Bruoux in Gargas are made up of impressive remains of the ocher industry and colorful cliffs. Travel through time along its underground galleries in a unique and mysterious setting where human labor blends with the natural beauty of the Provençal landscape.

colorado de rustrel

The colorado of Rustrel

Walk through the Colorado de Rustrel, its wide open spaces of striking contrasts, from the brightest yellow to the deepest red, shaped by six generations of ocher trees and iron miners. Combining nature and heritage, Provencal Colorado is an old open-air quarry, in the middle of a forest.

Sentier des Ocres

The ocher trail of Roussillon

The famous Sentier des Ocres makes Roussillon one of the most attractive hilltop villages. The two routes (30 and 60 minutes) are signposted and dotted with explanatory panels. Unusual landscape and essential walk.

Musée de la géologie

Geology museum

Installed in the beautiful vaulted cellars of the Maison du Parc in Apt, the Geology Museum invites you to discover the riches of this territory, the diversity of its landscapes and its rocks and an extraordinary collection of fossils.

Région Provence Visite à faire okhra

Ochres of France

The Société des Ocres de France, created in 1901, still produces 800 tonnes of ocher per year in Apt. Labeled Living Heritage Company, which rewards the excellence of French know-how, it perpetuates the ocher industry and the manufacture of ancillary products such as colored plasters, plasters and lime paints.

Lavages des ocres Barriès

Barriès ocher wash

Soak up the artisanal exploitation of ocher in the exclusive company of an ocher tree. The Barriès wash in Colorado Provençal invites you to discover the history of the ocher adventure, from its extraction to drying.

Musée de l'aventure industrielle Apt

Apt Museum

You will find all the collections retracing the economic activity of the Pays d’Apt: earthenware, candied fruits, and ochres from the Luberon.