[ Southern France ] Roussillon – The Red Village

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Provence is filled with lots of unique and picturesque villages. Roussillon is one that would catch your eye with its ochre-red rocks and buildings. Some even described the colours of Roussillon as “colours of Indian summer”. The village is relatively small compare to the others and can…

easily be explored on foot in an hour. But you can also get something to eat here as there are quite a few restaurants and cafe around in this small busy village. Parking was not too difficult here as there are a few parking lots nearby but the village can be really busy in general so getting a parking spot may take some time.

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Roussillon is sitting on one of the largest ochre deposits in the world. Ochre is used as a pigment and the colour ranges from brown, to yellow to red. The ochre of Roussillon is more yellowish and reddish.

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Many artists have painted this picturesque village.

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The village centre is filled with houses of very soft but warm colours.

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The small medieval city is best explored on foot.

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A little church in the town square.

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The interior is quite plain but solemn.

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Someone’s home and the colourful streets of Roussillon.

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There are some shops and artists studio.

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Soap case.

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A reddish ochre building in the neighbourhood. Apparently there’s a old ochre factory nearby where you can learn the history or details of using ochre in buildings (Conservatoire des Ocres et des Pigments Appliqués) But we didn’t know about it so we missed out on that.

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Many artists were drawn to this picturesque village.

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View of an edge of the Roussillon village. There’s a ochre natural park nearby (Sentier des Ocres) where you can take a walk and see some jagged ochre cliffs. Too bad we missed out on that as well. But we were enroute to another pictresque town via the narrow streets among the valleys and hills.

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