The landscape around Roussillon is a surprising beauty. The village sits on a wooded hill covered with deep green pine trees. Under the blue sky, the earth explodes in a firework of colors.
The Oches of Roussillon are known since antiquity: the name comes from Roussillon "roussoulus" which means "red path" in Latin. The earliest known inhabitants of the village of Roussillon has a Greek origin, towards - 450 BC. Roussillon is ranked among the most beautiful villages in France.
The ocher facades of houses, weathered by the sun and wind provide a unique village of Roussillon.
It remains some vestiges of the ramparts and the ruins of the old castle overlooking the village are now subsumed in more modern buildings.
The town square is alive with beautiful boutiques and cozy restaurants. The Clock Tower marks the entrance to the old town, St Michael's church is built on top of the village on the edge of a cliff, its facade is from the 17th century. An orientation table helps to enjoy a beautiful view over the mountains of Vaucluse.
The Ochres trail
The hills of Roussillon are composed of quartz sand, oxides which give infinite variety of colors and shades: yellow to orange to pink, red to purple.
Roussillon ochres were exploited since antiquity. With industrialization in the 19th century, its use has become intensive to reach its peak in the early 20th century. After the first World War, production declined in favor of ochres chemical dyes, It permanently ceased shortly after the second world war.
The ocher mine has deeply affected the landscape by cutting deeply colored earth, creating its kind of lunar landforms and tormented cliffs . The tourists have now replaced the minors. By walking along the path of ocher (fee) can enjoy the beauty of the landscape.
The Conservatory of ochres and pigments applied is settled in the old factory Mathieu for everything about the operation of the tan, its use, its geological provenance. Des ateliers et des animations sont organisées pour les enfants. Workshops and events are organized for children.
Accommodation and information about Roussillon
• selection of cottages for your stay Roussillon on the Provence's B&B portal
• website of the Tourist Office: www.roussillon-luberon.com
Coming to Roussillon in Provence
GPS coordinates N 43°54'10'' - E 5°17'32''
Location: 318 meters above sea level, 1,200 inhabitants, 5 miles from Goult, 6 miles from Apt, 6,5 miles from Bonnieux, 6 miles from Apt, 6,5 miles from Murs, 7 miles from Gordes, 10 miles from Ménerbes, 24 miles from Avignon.