The Secret of Provence Ochres

In the Luberon, red earth comes and adorns the landscape. And around the village of Roussillon, which prettily parades the color, the ochres give up all their secrets. Let’s go visit !
By Caroline Taret

It’s impossible to not be won over by the Luberon’s ochre landscapes! This region, also known as the Colorado of Provence because of its striking resemblance with the mythic sites of the American West, contrasts sharply with the landscape of the surrounding region by its red color. The ochres, ranging in color from beige to red, dress the landscape and provide genuine mineral resources today protected by aficionados.

A genuine 5 stop circuit allows you comprehend all the richness of the Provence ochres – from the impressive Bruoux Mines to the Ochre Trail, via the village of Roussillon and Ôkhra, the Ochre and Color Conservatory – you will be able to gauge the importance of the history of ochre in Provence. A powerful experience !

To visit in the region


The little hilltop village of Roussillon is a perfect example of the use of ochre in building. An orange pearl.

The Ochre Trail

Two different hikes are possible on this red trail, which will give you the impression of visiting the Grand Canyon!

The Bruoux Mines

A guided tour of the old mines from which ochre was extracted provide a glimpse of the heritage; an experience not to miss in order to understand the history of ochre.

Ôkhra, the Ochre and Color Conservatory

Between transmission of history, education and research, the Conservatory run by Mathieu and Barbara Barrois is the nerve center for exploring the ochres of Provence.

the Ochre and Color Conservatory
Usine Mathieu
84220 Roussillon
T 04 90 05 66 69

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