The 10 Best Things to Do in Roussillon, France

April 1, 2018 Hana Mouser

Roussillon (/ˈruːsɪjɒn/ or /ˌruːsiːˈjoʊn/; French: [ʁu.si.jɔ̃]; Catalan: Rosselló [rusəˈʎo], Occitan: Rosselhon) is one of the historical counties of the former Principality of Catalonia, corresponding roughly to the present-day southern French département of Pyrénées-Orientales (Eastern Pyrenees). It may also refer to Northern Catalonia or French Catalonia, the first used by Catalan-speakers and the second used by French-speakers. A 1998 survey found that 34% of respondents stated they speak Catalan, and a further 21% understand it.
Restaurants in Roussillon

1. Tapiezo

7 rue Richard Casteau, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France +33 6 14 09 46 50
Excellent
93%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
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Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 205 reviews

Tapiezo

Tapiezo offers abstract constructions based on universal symbols with sans and pigment of Roussillon in Provence. Recognized by the ACADEMIE des ARTS SCIENCES et LETTRES de PARIS. From an algebra known to all and the mysterious hieroglyphs and doors, structured buildings, an original interpretation. A poetic imagination. A work beyond time. A soothing work of art."Tapiezo, a master of happy wisdom. Tapiezo is the new Picasso." It's in these terms that Jean Lacouture speaks of the artist. Tapiezo's recognition is unanimous. He's in the courtyard of the great painters. To discover in the gallery of the contemporary artist Tapiezo - Roussillon in Provence - Luberon Vaucluse - Values Drouot - Akoun - Artprice A french writter, Jacques Salome says : "Enter into an extraordinary poetic universe that fills you with joy and fullness." Tapiezo's works bring good luck."

Reviewed By lukejames52 - Durham, North Carolina

First of all, he is happy and he loves children. His art is unique and beautiful. I love that he takes the substrate (literally) around him and blends on canvas to make something amazing.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit - well worth the 45 min drive out of our way to see the town and meet the artist. Highly, highly recommend.

2. Chausee des Geants

Roussillon, Gordes, France
Excellent
67%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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4.5 based on 147 reviews

Chausee des Geants

Reviewed By KANewYork - New York

Up a ridge, sits the lovely town of Roussillon. Rather distinct with its ochre hues as opposed to the paler stone elsewhere in Provence. The brilliant colors take on a striking appearance towards evening with the sun on it. The color of the earth is also seen in the buildings in the town.
There's parking (paid) at the entrance to the town.

3. Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur

Usine Mathieu, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 288 reviews

Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur

Discover local history by visiting the Mathieu factory to find out how ochre was extracted. You will be fascinated by the range of colors produced. The conservatory offers visits, works-hops, training courses, technical advice, and Exhibitions as well as a shop selling pigments and specialized books.

Reviewed By DDandC - Switzerland

Not only is this place of interest because of its history but it also offers plenty of information about color - theory as well as practical issues. The whole complex is enjoyable to walk through; several art installations make it even more attractive. Shop for your pigments here!

4. Le Sentier des Ocres

avenue de la Burliere, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France +33 4 90 05 60 25
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Le Sentier des Ocres

Reviewed By DANIELLA107 - London, United Kingdom

I never expected this. The colors are amazing. What a surprise. Go for it. It is a gorgeous place . Ochr color of the sand. There is a path making the walk quite easy.

5. Parcours de L'Art

Place de la Mairie, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France +33 6 66 82 52 07
Excellent
67%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Parcours de L'Art

Reviewed By jaybeeFL - Florida

Rustic, colorful hilltop town visible from long distance as its red-ocher cliffs and village structures set it off quite well. The town itself is much like others in Provence---small shops, wonderful cafes and restaurants, fantastic views of the countryside and warm ' engaging residents.

6. La Compagnie des Ocres

Sentier Des Ocres, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France +33 4 90 04 56 90
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
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5 based on 27 reviews

La Compagnie des Ocres

Store of ocher and pigments, graphic arts, souvenirs, creative leisure for children and adults. Paints, coatings, paintings for artists, contractors, wholesale or retail enthusiasts. Young and old.

Reviewed By Kaylean12 - Perth, Australia

The Ocres is a remnant reminder of previous industrial endeavours of the area,which has left a vista for the tourist industry. The colours are very different from other parts of France, and I suggest you let your imagination run riot, to conjure up different patterns in the formations. Could be a bit slippery when wet. Try to read up about the history of the area before going there.

7. Eglise Saint-Michel

Village haut, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France
Excellent
9%
Good
72%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
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4 based on 31 reviews

Eglise Saint-Michel

Reviewed By saul g - Tel Aviv, Israel

Stroll the amazing alleys of Ocre village of Roussillon . Walking up the hill calmly , don't miss this humble , small , extraordinary and beautiful church . Take a few minutes break here , and continue to the "Gallery des Ocres" and the stunning windy lookout just behind and around it .
Warning : Make sure you carry your cameras with you when in Roussillon !!!!

8. Maison Bremond 1830 Premiere Pression Provence

27 rue Richard Casteau, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France +33 9 67 23 24 62
Excellent
53%
Good
47%
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Maison Bremond 1830 Premiere Pression Provence

A story that begins in 1830 ... At the beginning of the 19th century, the Brémond family set up its confectioner's workshop at the 36 cours Mirabeau in Aix en Provence. The Maison Brémond is then one of the great houses that trade almonds. It produces the famous calissons of Aix as well as confectionery and proposes an offer of delicate grocery and rare products at the time, like spices and coffee. From father to son, MAISON BREMOND has always rigorously selected its raw materials from the best producers to offer its customers real products. In 1973 the Borrelly family took up the torch. Following a fire, the store was moved to 1986 rue d'Italie in Aix-en-Provence, where it is still today. Then, the Borrelly family withdrew in 1999 and entrusted the company to another known Aixoise family: Mme and Mr Farine owners of the Confiserie du Roy René. Maison Brémond Fils was taken over in 2015 by Olivier Baussan and his family, Founder of Occitane in Provence, Oliviers & Co and the Ecomusée l'Olivier in Haute Provence. Olivier Baussan is always seeking to build a sustainable development of a territory by respecting the know-how of women and men who seek to perpetuate their traditions all around the Mediterranean. Already strongly involved in the development of lavender, olive tree or almond tree, it is now in the very beautiful and very old HOUSE BREMOND that he invites you to enter.

Reviewed By Kimo_Leahi - San Jose, California

A very quaint boutique that specializes in olive oil, biscuits, and other food amenities. We did an olive oil tasting led by Celine. She was outstanding as she helped us determine which oils we may like and offering us tastings.
We would have bought more olive oil, but we could only carry so much back. We also bought a 4-pack of ketchup which was waaaaay better than the stuff we have in the states.
I recommend seeking out this shop and spending some time investigating their products.

9. Domaine de Chantegrillet

Chantegrillet, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France +33 4 90 78 33 66
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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Poor
12%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Domaine de Chantegrillet

Reviewed By Sleepyhead999 - London

When my husband and I were staying near Rousillions in France recently, we spotted a sign for a vineyard not far from our gite. We decided to pop in one afternoon. And we were thrilled that we did!
Having not been sure it was open when we first approached, we were then greeted warmly by the owner and her daughter. They took us in to see some of the production area, and then into an area where the barrels are stored. In this underground area, we were also shown a series of amazing models of French scenes with an incredible level of detail, that had taken several years to construct - unusual but interesting!
We were then taken up to a tasting room (a large room with an impressive view, which is also used for wedding breakfasts) where we were offered a huge variety of wines to try. We discussed each one at length and thoroughly enjoyed the wines and the conversation. Our one regret was that we could only buy a couple of bottles due to luggage restrictions!
If you're visiting the area, this is a domaine not to be missed.

10. Galerie Ocrement Dit

Impasse des Ocres | Sentier des ocres, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France +33 4 90 05 73 43
Excellent
25%
Good
75%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Galerie Ocrement Dit

20 artists in permanent exhibition. Ceramic creations and metals. Jewelery, sculptures, decorations and utilities.

Reviewed By Noel-Surgot - Chassieu, France

Beaucoup de choix pour les amateurs et connaisseurs de cette matière unique que sont les ocres. Je recommande.

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