The Legend of Roussillon – a tale of illicit love and a tragic end!
Yesterday morning I cycled up to Roussillon for the weekly market and to sit on the wall enjoying the view and the vivid colours of the Ochre cliffs that define the village.
When I arrived it was lovely & quiet and I popped into the boulangerie to buy breakfast, where I ended up chatting to a couple of ladies about a large group of students, walking around the village apparently carrying out a survey, wondering what they may be asking.
…Continue reading here to find out about the legend of how the cliffs in Roussillon got their ochre colouring. An ancient tale of love and tragedy. But, is it true?
More About Magical Roussillon
Don’t miss the Orche Trail (Le Sentier des Ocres) – Actually, two trails of different lengths (30 or 60-minutes). Once you have paid the entry fee you can stay as long as you like. Information signs along the route describe the geology and the history of the ochre deposits in the Luberon.
Mathieu Plant is a former ochre factory, now known as Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, a not-for-profit co-operative called ôkhra (the Greek word for ochre). It is possible to arrange for a private (or group) tour or to participate in a number of workshops.
Mines de Bruoux – a unique journey underground to visit the galleries (15m high) of the old mining operation.