Provençal Colorado or ochre of Rustrel is an industrial site, which is exploited since the end of the XVIIth century until 1992 when the last one ocrier took its pension. The site is situated on the municipality of Rustrel in the department of Vaucluse. The unusual landscapes which he offers are established by ochre sand of origin latéritique.
Provençal Colorado extends over more than 30 hectares. His paths in earth allow to discover by walking affected cliffs understanding more than 20 tints of ochre. The "circus of Barriès", the "circus of Bouvène", the ponds of settling, fairies' fireplaces, "Sahara", the bed of Dôa (the small local river) offer decorations varied to the walkers. The way of big hike GR 6 crosses the site. The colors of ochre of Provençal Colorado contrast with the tones of green of the vegetation of the forest massif of Luberon, and it is the magnificent panorama which amazes all those who do the route up to famous ochre between the hill of Caseneuve and the mounts of Vaucluse. The rock massif is there, at the heart of a brilliant greenery to approximately 10 km of Apt.
Take advantage of your passage or your holidays in Luberon to visit this exceptional site, in color, relief, in flora.
These multicolored places were shaped by the hand of the man, during the time of the exploitation of the careers of ochre, they modify by the work of the erosion.
These former exploitations and the vestiges which are are situated on private grounds there. You can penetrate with caution there …
Provençal Colorado is a deprived site compound of former careers of ochre in the multiple colors. These places are managed by an association grouping owners and voluntary, worried of protecting this historic site.
Provençal Colorado is the place of the country of Apt, allying nature and heritage ocrier, proposing you the the most blazing and most varied colors, in a universe away from the tourist flows and the busy places.
Realize cultural hikes, think of the parking lot shaded of of Thousand colors and in its space picnic, benefit from a possibility of fast food, from a point of sale of memories and from works on ochre.
You have the choice: free walk or guided tour. Do not especially forget your camera!
Provençal Colorado of Rustrel is situated in 10 km (D22) in the Northeast of the town of Apt in Luberon.