ROUSSILLON



South of Avignon in the Luberon.    ROUSSILLON


Situated in the heart of one of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, Roussillon is famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries. The blood red, gold and brown shades of the earth form a striking contrast with the lush green pine trees that stand stately in the sun. Roussillon is a very pretty lively village receiving many visitors each summer.  As you wander through the picturesque maze of little streets and charming squares you will be charmed by its atmosphere.  There are many delightful little boutiques and art galleries, cafés and excellent restaurants to visit.
The variety of ochre façades is magnificent and shades vary subtly from light yellow to dark red, set off by the brightly painted shutters and doors.
 
 
From the base of the village to the summit of the Castrum and its splendid view.
Once through the belfry you will find yourself with in the fortified walls, once a refuge to the lords of Roussillon.  Now in the place of the castle is a beautiful terrace where you can admire the incredible view over the valley and the Luberon mountains.
You will learn about Roussillon's natural history while walking along the ochre pathways and you must visit the "Conservatoire des Ocres et des Pigments Appliqués" and learn how the ochre is treated and used in the building industry.
You will discover several art galleries and studios in the village.
In the past many artists were seduced by Roussillon: Jean Cocteau, Carzou, Buffet, Ambrogiani to name just a few.  Roussillon is also listed as being one of the most beautiful villages of France and you will soon discover why.