The Ochres by bike
The Ochres by bike

The Ochres by bike

A lookout, a viewpoint
Heritage and history
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A colourful route! With exceptional landscapes, ochre sites, underground or open-air quarries and colourful villages.

« Through small picturesque roads, this ride follows the western part of the route"The Ochres by bike". Accessible to all, it goes through the Mines of Bruoux in Gargas, through Roussillon, one of the most beautiful landscapes and villages of Luberon, then stops at the Conservatoire of Ochres. I love this land of many substances, textures and colours, where the light plays along with the changing seasons. Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of these places! » Sylvie Palpant, Managing Director of Vélo Loisir Provence.


Across of the pharmacy, go right to reach below the small roundabout and turn left towards Lombards. Calmly climb to reach a crossing. At the stop sign, turn right and follow the route"The Ochres by bike". Reach the Mines of Bruoux. Then continue to the hamlet of Lombards. Exit through the right and get to the crossroads.

1 - Take a sharp right and at the corner of the campsite, turn left. Come out on the D227 and take a left for 2km. At the crossing with the D4, continue across on the D227 towards Roussillon. Climb two hairpin bends, take two lefts and enter the village streets. Go around a blockand reach to the left foot the ramp leading to the ochre trail.

2 – Go forward to La Burlière avenue (D105), pass a speed bump and at the next junction, go left. Reach a roundabout and continue left towards Apt. Reach another speed bump and at the Y junction, continue straight on the D104 towards Apt. Get to the Conservatoire of Ochres.

3 – Follow the D104, glide through the curves and at the straight line, look out for the small road to the left. Follow it and reach the D4. Cross with the utmost caution and take the small road across, leading to Lombards. Enter a residential area and reach the crossroads you didn't pass on your way going (point 1).

1 – Turn right and return to Gargas by the same route as the one used to go.

  • Departure : Car park near the pharmacy, central Gargas
  • Arrival : Gargas
  • Towns crossed : Roussillon



This route follows streets opened to public traffic; under all circumstances,so it is therefore essential to respect the highway code. Wearing a helmet is highly recommended, for children as well as adults.!

Information desks

House of the Luberon Regional Nature Park

60, place Jean Jaurès, 84400 Apt (0)4 90 04 42 00

In the heart the old town centre of Apt, the House of the Luberon Regional Nature Park welcomes you in a town house of the 18th century. The permanent exhibition of the geology museum has a rich collection of fossils evidencing the geological history of the Luberon.

On sale at the shop: books, maps, guidebooks, games, posters... 

Open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:30 pm to 6 pm (and on Saturday, depending on the program).  Free admission.

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Luberon UNESCO Global Geopark

60, place Jean Jaurès, 84400 Apt (0)4 90 04 42 00

OTI Pays d’Apt Luberon

788 avenue Victor Hugo, 84400 Apt (0)4 90 74 03 18
Horaires d'ouverture :

Du 1er avril au 30 septembre
Ouvert du lundi au samedi de 9h30 à 12h30 et de 14h à 18h.
Juillet et août : Ouvert dimanche et jours fériés de 9h30 à 12h30

Du 1er octobre au 31 mars
Ouvert du lundi au mardi et du jeudi au samedi de 9h30 à 12h30 et de 14h à 18h.
Fermé le mercredi, dimanche et jours fériés.

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Access and parking

At 5 km northwest of Apt by the D900 and D101.

Parking :

Car park near or across the pharmacy, in central Gargas.


Luberon Géoparc mondial UNESCO

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