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The ochre in Luberon

RoussillonRoussillon, in the Vaucluse department, is ranked among the most beautiful villages of France and is part of the perimeter Regional Park Luberon. It is actually the heart of the valley north of the Luberon, between the "Petit Luberon" and Monts de Vaucluse.

For years, the natural wealth offered by the soil of Roussillon has identified the main economic activity of the municipality: ochre reigned supreme in the village. In the eighteenth century, with the diversification of technical textile processing and need dyes, the exploitation of ochre in Roussillon mobilizing the bulk of the population.

However, the twentieth century, modern mining and the discovery of deposits more profitable have gradually closed all mines. At the beginning of 80 years, tourism has replaced the mining industry. But ochre has not totally disappeared revenues of the town! Indeed, he, his incomparable color, which drew the first artists fascinated by landscapes ashamed. It is also ochre, and its spectacular reliefs, which attracts tourists into the Colorado Provençal.

Façade ocréeRoussillon is, after Gordes, the second most visited village in the Luberon and has the label "More beautiful villages in France". It is best to discover Roussillon a sunny morning on the East, is arriving by road from Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, then the view is magical, the village appears atop a steep hill and its colors are red exacerbated by the sun, or by road Goult, where the red ochre appears gradually in the middle of pine forests in one fell swoop invade the entire landscape. Several parking on the periphery can limit the number of cars in the centre of the village.

The winding central street, which leads to the summit of the village is lined with art galleries, shops and products Provencal pretty houses of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. At the top, the church of Saint-Michel has a beautiful facade of the seventeenth century and is adjacent to a cliff where there is a magnificent panorama of 360 °, with orientation table.

A few hundred meters from the heart of the village, south-east side, do not miss the trail of ochre (paid), whose colors range from yellow to purple. To everyone's reach, but beware of the shoes, they may change color.

Pictures of Roussillon

Sentier des ocres Falaises d'ocre à Roussillon L'église Place de la Mairie Le village Sentier des ocres

Around Roussillon

Gordes - Bonnieux - Apt - Manosque - Lourmarin - Cavaillon - Luberon - Fontaine de Vaucluse - L'Isle sur la Sorgue - Abbaye de Sénanque - Sisteron - Le Thor