If you’re interested in visiting Provence, then you’ve probably heard of the French village of Roussillon, or at least seen photos of it. It’s instantly recognizable by its houses, painted like an artist’s pallet from the pigments of the old ochre quarry that sits adjacent to the village. A glory of red, yellow, orange and pink façades.
Roussillon is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France and a “must-sees” in the Luberon region of Southern France. So, one January day, we set off from Avignon to visit this picturesque town.
As we approached Roussillon, we noted the deep green forest against the multicolored ochre hills. The juxtaposition of the colors makes you question your eyes.
We were charmed by the atmosphere of this small village. We enjoyed wandering the streets, meandering through the vaulted passageways, discovering the shady squares, exploring the cemetery, and choosing from the multitude of restaurants and cafes.
Towards the top of Roussillon we found the Church of Saint-Michel, with views in all directions over the surrounding countryside. We arrived in the late afternoon so the light gave the vibrant colors a warm and beautiful glow.
Although, the village of Roussillon was indeed quite lovely, what truly stood out most for us was the nearby ochre quarry. The striking natural pigments were such an extraordinary surprise that we couldn’t resist hiking through the Sentier des Ocres (Ochre Path).