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Gargas, Luberon

Located in the heart of the sublime Regional Natural Park of Luberon in Vaucluse, Gargas is renowned for its Ochres because it is located on the chain of ochres, not far from Roussillon. Gargas is in fact made up of around thirty small hamlets.

What makes this village special?

Formerly a fortified village at the top of a hill, during the wars of religion, the ramparts and the fort were destroyed and the inhabitants regrouped in the hamlets in the plain below. Although some remains of the castle tower and the 13th century chapel remain, the town center is mainly utilitarian, with all the necessary shops, a large square, fountains and restaurant terraces. At the foot of the hill, you can admire the very pretty 17th century Saint-Denis church. The particularity of Gargas lies in its ocher, which is everywhere. The city is proud to be the last place that still extracts ocher from the quarries dug in the hills. To visit: Les Mines de Bruoux: unique and mysterious, 650 meters of colorful labyrinthine galleries open to visitors. La Lustrerie Mathieu: Here, they make and restore chandeliers (some of the most prestigious have been renovated here such as those in Versailles and the Palazzo Farnese). You can visit the workshop and the collection of chandeliers dating back to the 15th century. There are a few wine cellars (AOC ventoux and AOC luberon) and producers of jam and candied fruit for wine and food lovers. About 5 km from Gargas, Roussillon is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France with its ocher veranda.


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