"You have to walk through the ochre quarries" Roussillon by Beausoleil

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Roussillon is a really cute village in Provence. There are lots of gift shops and restaurants, including outdoor ones. However, before you "do" the village, go the opposite direction up by the car park and walk through the ochre quarries.

The colors are absolutely incredible, matched only by the grandeur of the surroundings. They periodically change the paths so it's a different experience each time you go. It's even spectacular in the rain because all the colors darken and become quite dramatic.

After you've walked through the quarries, go back into the village and treat yourself to lunch or some shopping. There are a few shops that sell the ochre colors in small bags. If you are ambitious, you can mix your own paints with honey or glycerin.

The village climbs a hill. You can see every color in the quarries painted onto the houses. You can see the entire world from the top.

Here is one tiny view of the ochre quarry. The colors range from a very bright yellow to the very deepest brownish red. When the sun shines on the colors, it is unbelievable.

The last time we were there on November 11 and they were closing for the winter the next day so check locally to see if they are open.

There are wooden steps in the steepest parts so it's not a bad hike.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quaint hilltop village and stunning scenery, including the very colorful quarry
  • Cons:The quarry is closed during winter and bad weather.
  • In a nutshell:If you've ever painted anything, this is a magical place.
  • Intro Updated Oct 7, 2011
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