Boucle d'Apt - Ocres à vélo

A country does not exist only by the history of its soil and its nature... But also by the history of its men and of the land worked. Bike ride of the Ochres du Luberon.

mis à jour le 03/05/2019 par Velo Loisir Provence

25 km to go
Duration : 3h45
212 m
212 m
Max. altitude : 417 m

Recommended period(s)

Winter | Spring | Summer | Autumn |

Type(s) of land

Hard coating (tar, cement, flooring) |

Municipality(ies) crossed

Apt | Villars | Gargas | Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt |

Apt Loop: 25 km - 3h45

►Departure: Apt Station
►Theme: History of the country of Apt from geological times to modern times.

A gentle walk on the small winding roads in the heart of the Luberon, in the Ochres de Provence. A land worked and shaped by man: between orchard, mines, quarry and small perched villages typical of the Luberon Regional Natural Park.

A country does not tell a story, it tells several, its geological history but also those of trees, water and men whose work has shaped and tamed this land to make it welcoming.


The app to discover Ochres by bike and geology!

Come and discover the exceptional site of the massif des ochres, between Roussillon and the Provencal Colorado, in the Vaucluse, thanks to the new app 'Ochres à lo' for smartphones and tablets, created by the Parc du Luberon.

Playful and accessible to all, it will guide you in complete serenity, on small quiet roads to meet the riches of the land, landscapes and ocrier sites of the Luberon.

This app shows you places that deserve a stop when you pass nearby and offers this discovery by various media: videos, audios, texts, quizzes, games, augmented reality...

Les Ochres by bike: 51 km and 411 m of positive elevation gain

It offers 4 bike routes (VTC recommended) and each loop has a different theme:

  • Roussillon loop: 14.9 km, 2h30. The exploitation of ochre, underground quarries or open pit quarries.
  • Rustrel loop which contains a shorter variant: 19 km, 2h45 or 11 km, 2h. In the shoes of a geologist, looking for Colorado. This loop and in particular its short version is especially dedicated to families and children.
  • Caseneuve Loop: 26.8 km, 3:45pm. Rocks, fossils, landscapes and men.

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