Tourisme et Handicap
  • office de tourisme Luberon - Pays d'Apt
  • Castellet, village de provence
  • Fruits confits d'Apt
  • ocres du luberon à rustrel
  • Saint-Saturnin, village du Luberon
  • Lavande de Provence
  • Carrière d'Ocre en Provence
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Ochre sands

Ochre sands Red, orange, yellow, infinite shades vibrate under the Luberon sun and contrast with the blue of the sky and the green of the pines. The ochre sands in the Luberon are a must. Beautiful natural sites, hilltop villages, colourful landscapes and easy itineraries through the ochre lands for the whole family. The ochre sites have been used since Roman times. In 1780, Jean Etienne Astier from Roussillon industrialised the use of ochre. Operations prospered until the economic depression in the 1930’s. Today, one company, Guigou, la Société des ocres de France, continues to mine ochre in Gargas and in Rustrel. They sell ochre products in Apt.

Bruoux ochre mining tunnels more

Gargas owns the only area able to show the whole history of ochre processing, from the beginnings to the present day and last ochre industry in activity.

The Ochre Trail more

These little side-roads are ideal for visiting the ochre sites by car.

Ochre Walking Tours more

The GR6, GR97 and GR9 hiking tracks will take you through the ochre land. The paths are marked in red and white.

Ochre Cycling Tours more

You can cycle through some of the most stunning scenery and villages in Luberon.

Colorado Provencal more

The beauty of the "Provencal Colorado" lies in the combination of nature and artifice that created it.

Les ocres de la Bruyère more

Off the beaten path, the La Bruyère ochre sands are a very special site for a hike in the heart of an abandoned ochre excavation area.

Places to buy ochre ? more

Direct sale of mineral ochre pigments from the Luberon, whitewashes, lime coatings and useful advice from producers for arts or handicraft.

Le Conservatoire des ocres et de la couleur more

This former ochre factory in Roussillon was built in 1921. At the time, the ochre sands from the nearby quarries were processed into pigment.

Le sentier des ocres more

The famous Ochre trail has made the village of Roussillon a very popular place to visit.

Découverte du massif des ocres en calèche more

Discover the ochres, wine or plants in a carriage.

Opération Grand Site du Massif des ocres more

The ocher massif is one of the most remarkable landscape features of the territory. The area extends over 25 km between Goult and Gignac, via Rustrel and Roussillon, naturally.