The Provençal Canyon in the Luberon: a practical guide for your trip
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The Canyon Provençal is only an hour away of Avignon orAix-en-Provence. It is located in the Vaucluse (84) in the centre of the Luberonmore precisely in Rustrel. The car park of the Canyon Provençal is easily accessible. It is a large lot with easy parking, but it is very busy in summer (July-August). For a more pleasant experience, you can delay your visit until the end of the day or arrive as soon as the car park opens.
The walks you can do in the Canyon Provençal
To discover the ochres of Rustreltwo circuits are offered to visitors. The first, short and easy to access, focuses on the heart of Rustrel. The second one extends the walk and overlooks the whole of the Colorado Provençal, thus allowing a wider view of the site.
The Sahara Circuit : If you only want to see the essentials, you can borrow the path blue. This walk is easy to to do with the familyThis is a great way to get to know the area, even for the less athletic, as it takes less than an hour to cover 2 km.
The Belvederes circuit : This hiking takes you first to the SaharaThe route covers about 1,500 metres, before climbing the surrounding hills to get different views of the Provençal Colorado. The route covers approximately 4 km and takes less than 2 hours.
The ochre quarries in the Canyon Provençal
The ochre quarriesa unique geological formation in FranceThese are nestled in the heart of the pinewoods and fascinate anyone who walks through them.
Both sites were once quarries forochre extraction. The coloured pigments were extracted until the 1990s. Then, slowly, the vegetation took over and the sites became a magical tourist attraction.
The landscapes are breathtaking and transport you instantly. The colours range from sunny yellow to dark brown, through all shades of terracotta, orange and even terracotta.
There are 24 shades of ochre, enough to satisfy any painter! You will find many geological formations along the walk, including hills, canyons and cliffs as well as cirques and fairy chimneys. It is difficult for your eyes to see the beauty of the site and the subtleties of the colours at the same time.
The Ochre Trail in the Canyon Provençal
These ochre cliffs are the result of the combined efforts of nature and man, who has been mining this coloured sand since 1800.
The walk of the Ochre Trails is also known as Giant's Causeway. There are two routes: one that takes 30 minutes and one that takes 50 minutes.
The Pathway des Ocres is a walk that will surprise you with breathtaking landscapes, worthy of the American Far West.