10 km north-east of Apt via the D22.
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!
What to see
17th century chateau.
9th century ruins of the Prieure St Julien.
St Romain church.
Chapel St Roch.
Man-made lake, fishing and petanque.
Cultural events, summer festivals and jazz concerts.
A luxurious villa with twelve double bedrooms, eleven bathrooms, a tennis court, two heated pools and the permanent presence of a manager on site, it represents the ideal vacation for a large family or a group of friends looking for peace and tranquility.
Bed and breakfast.