THE OCHER MASSIF

The Colorful Jewel of Pays d'Apt Luberon

Since the 18th century. from Jean-Etienne Astier in Roussillon, until today with the Société des Ocres de France, the ochre industry, combined with erosion, has created spectacular landscapes. Before the apperance of synthetic dyes, in the mid-1930s, natural ochre pigments were exported all over the world.

An Award-Winning Massif

The Ochre Massif was rewarded in the 2017 Eden "European Destinations of Excellence" competition.
The beauty of this territory, the human adventure linked to the industrial exploitation of ochre, its hand-shaped landscapes and the termendous ochre heritage has been selected. This label gives the "Massif des Ocres du Luberon" a visibility and a "certified" tourist interest at the European level.

Grand Site de France in project

To preserve this 25 km site between Goult and Gignac, the "Communauté de communes Pays d'Apt Luberon" with all the municipalities and tourism partners of the territory, now carries this project aiming at obtaining thr certification mark "Grand Site de France". This mark of excellence rewards areas that have implemented a project to preserve and enhance outstanding sites, ensure local and sustainable socio-economic development with respect for the inhabitants.