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Roussillon is on a hill between the mountains of the Vaucluse and the Luberon. Thousands of years ago, an artistic god spread his palette across the land to the good fortune of Roussillon. Under the azure blue Provençal sky the earth blazes with color, broken only by the deep green of the pine forests.
The ocre-red village of Roussillon is a tourist destination on the southern edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse. If at all possible you should try and see Roussillon when the first sunshine of the day strikes the village, to see the glowing colours of the houses at their most stunning. It is considered one of the most impressive villages in France, with its red rocks, red stone buildings and red tile roofs, Roussillon is lovely from the outside, set in a deep green pine forest on bright red-ocre hills. It is perhaps even more spectacular inside the village, with many beautiful houses constructed mostly about 300 years ago. Take time to explore the narrow, steep streets, soaking in the rusts, reds, and ochers of the stone used in the construction of the houses. From the Castrum, at the high point along rue de l'Eglise, you'll see a magnificent vista. Face north and gaze across the Vaucluse plateau and to Mont Ventoux. Turn south to see the Coulon valley and the Grand Luberon; of course it also has its fair share of tourism related gift shops and galleries, colorful villas and tourist vacation rentals, like all the beautiful villages of France in the popular Luberon region.
It is a truly lovely little Provencal village to explore, shady squares, fascinating architectural details, faded shutters, cats sleeping on windowsills, everything you hope for from a Provencal village with colorful old buildings and narrow medieval streets. The village center is fairly small, so wandering the streets to discover the many lovely sights doesn't take very long.
Then after touring through the village and making numerous detours to see the small squares, and appreciating all the beautiful architectural details, you reach the Church of Saint-Michel, and the breath taking views over the surrounding countryside.
Situated in the heart of one of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, Roussillon is famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries. The red, yellow and brown shades of the earth form a striking contrast with the lush green pine trees. It is like an artist's pallet, with the infinite combinations of colors varying from yellow to purple with all the shades of pink and red in between. The vivid blue of the Provençal sky and the exceptional quality of light make this a magical place.
From the expansive terrace, living room or garden of one of Provence's beautiful villa rentals or apartment rentals,you will be able to admire the luminous landscape of Roussillon in Provence, more beautiful than an impressionist painting.
Wake up in the morning to champagne and orange juice, a balmy sunny day, perhaps the perfect day for a walk. The Giants' Causeway (Sentier des Ocres) is a natural park of jagged cliffs of ochre beside the village of Roussillon. A walking tour of the park should take well under an hour; or alternatively just relax around the pool, read a good book, enjoy your apartment rental or villa and celebrate being in one of the most beautiful places on planet earth.Roussillon last minute deals on vacation homes will be highlighted in red if available. Start your accommodation search in Roussillon now. Just enter your travel dates, number of travelers, and click 'search' for a list of properties for rent.