Classified as ‘one of the most beautiful villages in France’, Roussillon is a stunning hilltop village of red and yellow houses on a unique site sculpted by water, wind and man, with cliffs ranging in colour from nearly white, to gold, blood red and dark purple. Set against a rich green background of pines and oaks, Roussillon is a spectacle worth a special detour.
Roussillon sits on a ridge which is one of the world’s biggest deposits of ochre pigments. The Roussillon quarries were mined for ochre up till the 1960s. Now they are a fabulous red-tinted landscape, like Mars with pine trees, and can be visited along the ochre path, the ‘Sentier des Ocres’.