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The ochres, a labyrinth of multi-coloured sands

Gargas Mines © V. Biset

Gargas Ochres Mines © V. Biset

Colorado Provencal © M. Laurin

Colorado Provencal © M. Laurin

Race in the ochre © M. Laurin

Race in the ochre © M. Laurin

View Ochres © M. Laurin

Vue des Ocres © M. Laurin

  • Gargas ochres Mines
  • Colorado Provencal
  • Course dans les ocres
  • Ochres view

Ochre lands: Provençal Colorado in living color

Here the earth is streaked with fiery red and yellow-green. It can also be orange which turns to purple in the setting sun ... A thousand shades of colour come and go amidst the ochre sands that are part of the Luberon landscape.

It all goes back to the sea which once covered this area. When the sea dried up several million years ago, pouring rain slowly transformed the accumulated layers of limestone slowly transformed into ochre-bearing sands.

Ochre was first used as a natural paint in the painted caves that prehistoric man embellished. It was later rediscovered at the time of the French Revolution, and was sold throughout the world for over a century. Ochre is a natural pigment with indelible colour. Ochre is enjoying a revival now, for it is used in many activities, such as paint, decoration, ceramics and construction.




The Ochres in video

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To discover : The Applied Pigment and Ochre Conservatory in Roussillon



découvrir les ocres, okhra
The former Mathieu Ochre factory, started in 1920, has been transformed into the OKHRA Applied Pigment and Ochre Conservatory. The Conservatory offers guided visits to understand the ochre mining and processing business. The entire production chain has been rebuilt. Exhibitions, classes, workshops for children and adults.
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luberon Accommodation in the Ochres luberon
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Village de Vacances La Colline des Ocres-VILLARS ©Legendre

from 399.00

Village de Vacances La Colline des Ocres

The large infinity pool, the peace and quiet of the 5 hectares of land at the Domaine, the cultural and sports activities (biking, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding) are yours all [...]

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Camping le Colorado-RUSTREL ©M.Vandeputte

from 18.00

Camping le Colorado**

This lovely campsite lies in a green setting on 5 hectares of grounds, in the heart of the ochre quarries in Rustrel, 7 kms from Apt. A true oasis of peace and quiet in the Luberon. [...]

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Camping Arc en Ciel-ROUSSILLON ©

from 19.00

Camping Arc en Ciel***

It’s a well-named spot, since you’re in a country of rainbow colours! The ochre hues echo the soil shaping the landscapes and walls of the homes. These 100m2 shaded camp pitches are an [...]

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La Poterie de Pierroux-ROUSSILLON ©alain et claire briffa-chémery

from 50.00

La Poterie de Pierroux

Roussillon is a village filled with colour, the tons of the ochre which have forged its beauty and reputation. Here in this beautiful setting, a place of crafts and art, with an [...]

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La Coquillade-GARGAS ©Coquillade

from 180.00

La Coquillade*****

In the heart of the Luberon Regional Natural Park, and on a unique wine-touring vineyard in Provence, come discover all the very special charm of our deluxe hotel. There are six restored [...]

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from 79.00

Le Mas Jorel

Are you looking to discover the secret places in the Luberon ? Excellent places to eat? Hilltop villages? Look no further! Le Mas Jorel beckons you to come discover its charms, under the [...]

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Les Passiflores-ROUSSILLON ©Marc DEMON

from 75.00

Les Passiflores

Les Passiflores will give you a charming welcome in this beautiful old building located in the Huguets hamlet 2 km from Roussillon. In the very heart of the Parc du Luberon and close to [...]

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