The countryside surrounding Gargas is magnificent, with vineyards in the foreground (A.O.C Cotes du Ventoux) and the ochre quarries dug into the pine-covered hills in the distance.
Gargas is the last village in the Vaucluse which has ochre quarries still operating today. Before arriving in the village you can see huge indentations where the blocks of ochre were placed before drying out in the sun and being ground to powder. Not all the quarries are open to the public, so visitors are advised to seek information from the tourist office before going to the extraction areas.
Gargas is a geological site, rich in history. It was here that one of the biggest battles were fought during the Gaullist conquest and traces of human habitation have been found dating back to 6,000-2,000 BC.
What to see:
Ruins of the chateau. 17th century church.
Ruins of the priory ND de Broux.
Oppidum de Perreal (from 6,000 to 2,000 BC).
Hiking, mountain biking. Tennis and petanque.
Village festival at the beginning of September.