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Departement of Vaucluse - Luberon - Pop.: 700 h.

10 km north-east of Apt via the D22.

Rustrel - Castle

Rustrel is a tiny village nestled at the foot of the Plateau d'Albion in the Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon which merits a detour because of its amazing ochre cliffs known as Le Colorado Provencal.

Rustrel - Ochre
The exploitation of ochre began more than a century ago, and Rustrel soon become an important production centre which was part of the industrial revolution, thanks to its ferruginous minerals.

Today, after a long decline, the exploitation is almost at an end, although the Colorado Provencal has received a second lease of life. It is now open to visitors who marvel at its colours and forms.

Rustrel - Castle

Between Rustrel and the hamlet of Gignac, on the banks of the river Doa, you can follow a number of walkways that will take you towards an incredible succession of rusty-coloured rocks, golden cliffs and red earthen chimmneys which rise majestically out of the vegetation.

Rustrel - Castle

The village of Rustrel is dominated by a beautiful 17th century chateau. Recently restored, the chateau contains a department of the town hall and a gite d'étape with accommodation for 29 visitors.

Rustrel has an outside swimming pool open in summer... and it is also known for its "Cotes du Ventoux" wine!

What to see:

Colorado Provencal.
17th century chateau. 9th century ruins of the Prieure St Julien.
St Romain church. Chapel St Roch.

Leisure activities:

Swimming pool, man-made lake, fishing and petanque.
Cultural events, summer festivals and jazz concerts.


Bed and breakfast.
Holiday rentals.

Neighbouring villages:

Gignac (4km), Villars (8km), Saint Saturnin d'Apt (9km).

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