Les Ocres à vélo

Distance : 
15 à 51 km / 9 to 32 miles
Difference in altitude : 
total : 822 m (+ : 411m, - : 411 m)
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The Ochre by Bike : A highly colourful itinerary !

Along quiet pretty little roads this itinerary, practicable for all cyclists, passes through some of the most beautiful country side and most remarkable villages to be found in the Luberon Natural Regional Park.

The earth’s texture and colour invite the light to play along in contrasts throughout the changing seasons. The mineral ochre deposits of the Vaucluse “department” are formed into sites of exceptional natural beauty.

Be enthralled by the magical splendor of these locations.

This circuit takes the little roads to be found in proximity to the natural ochre sites. You will not be expected to cycle in the ochre !

The links allow one to shorten this itinerary in which you have the freedom to wander over the 15 km / 9 miles of a circular tour.

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Mobile App for exploring the Ochre and the geology by bike

Explore this exceptional attraction of ochre mountains between Rousillon and “Le Colorado Provençal” in the Vaucluse “department”of France.  Thanks to a new application “Ocres à Vélo” (Ochre by bike) created for smartphones and tablets by the “Parc du Luberon”.

Fun and accessible to everyone, this mobile app takes you serenely along quiet little roads to encounter the riches of the land, the scenic countryside and the exceptional ochre sites of the Luberon.

The application indicates the locations worth visiting as you pass in the vicinity on this itinerary.

It offers an opportunity to discover and find out more through a variety of media: videos, audios, texts, quizzes, games, augmented reality…

4 cycling circuits are proposed (all-road bikes [VTC] recommended) and each circular tour takes in a different theme :

  • Rousillon tour: 14,9 km / 9 miles, 2 ½ hours. The Exploitation of the ochre, underground or open face quarries.
  • Apt tour: 25 km / 15 ½ miles, 3 ¾ hours. The history of the “Pays d’Apt” region, from geological times to the present.
  • Rustrel tour which has a shorter variant: 19 km / 12 miles, 2 ¾ hours or 11 km / 7 miles, 2 hours. Inside the skin of a geologist, in search of Colorado This circular tour and in particular, the shorter version is particularly destined for families and children.
  • Caseneuve tour: 26,8 km / 17 miles, 3 ¾ hours. Rocks, fossils, country side and human influence.

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