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This is the story of a special land and a special soil in the heart of the Luberon.


Those unique colours, a mix of clay and iron were created by the forces of nature over 1 million years ago below a prehistoric sea. However, the landscapes were shaped by the hand of men who began extracting natural colours and exporting them all around the world. Ochre is also a testimony to the many changes that this part of the Luberon has experienced for several hundred years.


The Massif des ocres is the largest ochre deposit in the world. It extends from east to west for about 30 km, through Roussillon, Rustrel and Apt.


Easy itineraries have been developed to visit them, in the middle of the hills carved by mining : old quarries, galleries, circuses, cliffs, promontories, chimneys with warm hues.


Through hikes and walks, museums and exhibitions, you will also learn that industry can be a tradition.


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in Luberon

Ochre Factory

Learn about the ochres differently!


Children and parents share the adventure of colours, create your paintings, follow all the steps of ochre treatment through guided tours.



Okjra Usine d'Ocre

Mines de Bruoux

Visit and walk through 650 m of underground galleries in a network of over 40 km. Amire the work of the miners who extracted ochres from the moutain.



Mines de Bruoux
©Mines de Bruoux

Colorado of Rustrel

Explore the Colorado in Rustrel, a grandiose site with stunning contrasts, from deep red to luminous yellow.



Provencal Colorado
©Provencal Colorado

Ochre history in the Museum d'Apt

 A museum to discover the history of a land through its industrial adventure : ochres, candies fruits and pottery.



Ochre Museum Luberon
©Ochre Museum

Museum of geology

All the geological richness of a territory, landscapes, rocks and fossils 



Geology in Luberon
©Museum of Geology


of Luberon


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