Don’t Miss the Ochre Cliffs of Roussillon in Provence
We rarely go to our home in Sablet without taking a day trip to Roussillon, a village in the Luberon about 35 miles southeast of Sablet. We never tire of seeing this colourful village, tinted by 17 different colours of ochre that used to be mined here; this makes Roussillon unique compared to other villages in the area.
The Luberon is a combination of three mountain ranges that stretch 35 miles from Cavaillon in the west to Manosque in the east and from the town of Apt south to the Durance River. Much of the area including Roussillon is protected in the Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon.
…Continue reading here for photos by Our House in Provence of this village which is ranked amongst Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. We agree Roussillon is unique with its magestic cliffs in multi-coloured ochres.
Read: “Revisiting Provence’s Natural Ochre Hues in Roussillon” a story of artist Sabine Pinon-Amoore’s first encounters with the traces of orange in hotel guest’s bathrooms. That story goes back nearly 30 years and today you cannot simply go and trek in the colourful open-air site. You need a ticket and there are opening hours and pretty little wooden paths so your shoes don’t get too dirty (paid for presumably by the local hotels!) and these take you where they want you to go, which to be fair are the most beautiful vistas.