A short but very dramatic walk along the footpath called the "Sentier des Ocres", the site of the former ochre quarries of Roussillon.
This short walk (total 1.4km for the longer loop) is a must-do when you are in Roussillon. The Luberon Ochre Hills were mined and developed in the 20th century and this former quarry now forms a protected parkland with a managed footpath to allow visitors to enjoy the spectacular coloured ochre cliffs. There are two short circular trails, the longer of which is documented here, through the picturesque valley and forest of chestnut and pine trees. Intepretation boards explain the geological reasons ochre is present in the landscape here, and tell of its extraction for use as a pigment in times past. A small entrance fee is payable at the gate.
Wear walking shoes and avoid white clothing!
The paths are dusty underfoot; care should be taken in wet and slippery conditions.
No specialist equipment is required.
Take your camera, as the cliff vistas are stunning.
This tour is available on the following itineraries: