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.
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.
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.
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!