Life and travel in France, 3 years & counting

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Roussillon: the ochre village

Roussillon“Les plus beaux villages de France” is an association joined by 157 rural villages. The qualifying criteria include having a maximum population of 2000 inhabitants and at least two protected monuments. If you by any chance visit oneof these villages, rest assured that you will see a gorgeous village.


Roussillon is one such village.


Felt like eating flower, kind of weird

As soon as we arrived, we saw the famous red cliffs and red houses. The village was little in size, but very charming and unique. I even tried the lavender flavor ice-cream. I would take chocolate the next time, but well, lavender is a must-see in the area and I just couldn’t leave without trying.

Besides the village, the attraction that brought me to Roussillon was its ochre trail (le sentier des ocres). 2.5€ for the entry and off we went.


There were two trails, one longer and one shorter. They were supposed to take an hour and 30min walk respectively but you won’t need that long. Maybe it is a good idea to bring an old pair of shoes, you won’t like to end up with reddish new shoes after the walk.

RoussillonThen there was the “Ochre and color conservatory” (French: Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Coleur). Well it is like a little museum where they show you the history of ochre and its uses etc etc. We didn’t go inside cause honestly, I didn’t want to pay the entry for something we were not interested…

Still this little reddish village is for sure one of the most beautiful villages I have ever visited in France. Well worth a trip!

Bon voyage à tous 🙂

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