A cathedral of colour sculpted from the ochre rocks of the Pays d’Apt. A subterranean journey that reveals the life of local Pays d'Apt ochre miners in the 19th century. Open every afternoon, from Tuesday to Saturday, mid January to 31st March. Open every day from 1st April to 12th November from 10am. Duration of visit: 50 minutes; tours start at set times which vary throughout the year.
Deep below the warm, radiant coloured cliffs, surrounded by pine trees, lie around 50 km of galleries, carved by the ochre miners who worked there. This extraordinary testament to the world of ochre mining, is a unique and impressive site; today, this mysterious labyrinth is a protected site, with 650 m of galleries open to visitors. A guide will lead you, in small groups, through the numerous man-made galleries - work that started in 1848 and ended shortly after the second world war. Outside the site, illustrated educational panels tell the story of the Pays d’Apt’s industrial history.
Guided tours only, available in French, English, German or Dutch. Groups of up to 18 people. Free entry to under 6s. Tours in English, Dutch and German. Prior booking required: +33 (0)4 90 06 22 59 or at reception. Wear sensible shoes and warm clothing; the temperature in the galleries is approximately 10°. New offer: "Mine-Factory" ticket which includes a visit to the old Marthieu de Roussillon museum converted to the Conservatoire des Ocres (visit to kilns, pools and pigment shop etc.) €10