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Le Sentier des Ocres

Avenue de la Burliere, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France
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Fort Myers, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This small hike takes one through the Ochre mining hills above Roussillon and can be accomplished in about an hour. There are sign plaques in French and English along the way at points of interest that explain the geology and the local history. The quarry path is steep and can be a bit slick in wet weather and does not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Having had an interesting driving misadventure on the highway we had to detour to Roussillon by chance as there were no garage open and we didnt want to be driving for long distance..we had a tyre puncture and had to wait till Monday for a replacement as we had speciality tyres. Awoken early on Sunday morning at 7 am, we... More

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Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

For a memorable experience, why not hike through a former quarry in Roussillon, France? The village in Provence is the world's largest ochre vein. There are different hikes and I walked the 35 minute short yellow route. At times, I felt as if I were in an artist's palette. The yellow, orange and red blends are spectacular. There are informative... More

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North Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Yes, this is a touristy village but frankly, I don't know which village isn't somewhat touristy as they all cater to tourists in some way or the other. I don't understand the sentiment against "touristy" when you, yourself, are a tourist. It's not like you're a local. We are a family with two little kids. This natural attraction with a... More

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Miami Beach, Florida, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

le sentier is enjoyable. What you should avoid is Roussillon all together. It is a super touristy place, with pizza parlors and souvenir shops everywhere. It feels like being in a small disnayland. If you would like to visit the luberon pick a little town off the tourist path and enjoy the real Provence.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

If you are in Provence you must visit. We took the longer hike, about 1.5 miles, and were awestruck by the beauty of this place. The red rock formations are reminiscent of the Grand Canyon. Absolutely spectacular!

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Brno, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The first impression is really powerfull. Beautiful cliff full of colours. The walk is not too long so you will not get bored on the way. It has two circuits one shorter and one longer. The price for the ticket is the same no matter which one you will go because it just allows you to enter the area. It... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A well done trail through the ochre cliffs, with informative signs along the way. Wear good shoes as the powdery ochre can be a little slippery - and it stains light colored clothes! We chose the shorter of two trails, and enjoyed the 30-40 minutes it took to walk. I echo others' comments about the lovely views and learning about... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We visited Roussillon and I was amazed by the views. If you get to the highest point, you can look over the whole valley. It's very gorgeous. We didn't do a long walk, but there are plenty opportunities to view over the valley. The whole village is full of tourist shops, so you have enough opportunities to buy some (overpriced)... More

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Sydney
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We stopped only briefly (as we were on a whirlwind visit through the Luberon) but sufficient to take in the striking cliffs and enjoy the village. We didn't opt for the longer walk but there are a number of lookouts that give a good contrast of the ochre cliffs against the surrounding greenery.

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