Roussillon tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: As well as the orange houses of the village you can explore the ancient ochre mines just below Roussillon

Roussillon is situated in the Vaucluse department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Roussillon. For detailed visitor information see the Roussillon travel guide.

Attractions in Roussillon

The Ochre mines of Roussillon are eroded into beautiful colours and shapes and fascinating to explore: The Ochre Footpath of Roussillon

Tourist classifications for Roussillon include "most beautiful village".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Roussillon in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Popular places to visit nearby include Gordes at 7 km and Lacoste at 8 km.

Roussillon, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

The Ochre Footpath of Roussillon

The Ochre Footpath of Roussillon

Scenery less than one km (direction east-north-east)

The Ochre mines of Roussillon are eroded into beautiful colours and shapes...

See The Ochre Footpath of Roussillon guide


Most Beautiful Village at 7 km (direction west)

The exceptionally pretty-village of Gordes is also one of the most visited...

See Gordes guide


at 8 km (direction south-south-west)

The small village of Lacoste, one of the most beautiful in the...

See Lacoste guide
Chateau de Lacoste

Chateau de Lacoste

Castle at 8 km (direction south-south-west)

The chateau de Lacoste is an 11th century castle in Provence, known...

See Chateau de Lacoste guide
Abbey of Senanque

Abbey of Senanque

Abbey at 9 km (direction west-north-west)

Senanque Abbey is a roman style abbey in Provence surrounded by lavender...

See Abbey of Senanque guide
Village des Bories

Village des Bories

at 9 km (direction west)

The Village des Bories, near Gordes in Provence, is a fascinating group...

See Village des Bories guide


at 9 km (direction south-south-east)

Less visited than some of the Luberon villages, the upper town in...

See Bonnieux guide


at 9 km (direction east-north-east)

It is true that Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt is larger and less visited by tourists...

See Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt guide


at 9 km (direction east-south-east)

Less touristy than many Provence towns, the highlight in Apt is the...

See Apt guide


Most Beautiful Village at 10 km (direction south-west)

One of our favourite Luberon villages, the streets of old Menerbes are...

See Menerbes guide


at 11 km (direction west-south-west)

Oppede might be less visited than the more famous of the Luberon...

See Oppede-le-Vieux guide


at 13 km (direction west)

The highlight of your visit to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is the wooded valley and...

See Fontaine-de-Vaucluse guide


Most Beautiful Village at 15 km (direction north-west)

The ancient baptistry and the scenery of the Nesque river valley are...

See Venasque guide
Le Beaucet

Le Beaucet

at 16 km (direction west-north-west)

The castle, the fortifications, the cliffs and the troglodyte dwellings come together...

See Le Beaucet guide

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Map of places to visit near Roussillon


Markets in and near Roussillon

Market days in Roussillon: weekly market: Thursday;

  • Roussillon: market Thursday (0km)
  • Gordes: market Tuesday (7km)
  • Apt: market Saturday (9km)
  • Maubec: market Sunday (13km)
  • Lourmarin: market Friday (16km)
  • Cadenet: market Monday (20km)
  • Cavaillon: market Monday (21km)
  • Mallemort: market Friday (21km)
  • Pernes-les-Fontaines: market Saturday (22km)
  • Sault: market Wednesday (23km)

More information about Roussillon, Provence

Tourist attractions near Roussillon, France

What to do at Roussillon? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Roussillon.

Grand sites of France

  • Mont Ventoux (30km)
  • Montagne Sainte-Victoire (50km)

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Glanum (38km)
  • Fort Saint-Andre (40km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Sénanque (Gordes) (7km)
  • Collégiale Notre Dame des Anges (Sorgues) (16km)
  • Abbaye de Silvacane (La Roque-d'Antheron) (21km)
  • Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Repos de Montfavet (Avignon) (39km)
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame de Nazareth (Vaison-la-Romaine) (41km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin de la Louve (9km)
  • Jarditrain (18km)
  • Jardin à la française du Pavillon de Galon (19km)
  • Jardin du château de Val Joanis (29km)
  • Jardin de l'Alchimiste (31km)
  • Jardin du château de Brantes (35km)
  • Jardin d'Eguilles (37km)
  • Jardins du prieuré de Salagon (39km)
  • Jardins du château de Sauvan (39km)
  • Jardin aquatique « Aux fleurs de l'eau (42km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Colorado Provencal (16km)
  • Gorges de la Nesque (16km)
  • Gorges de Régalon (17km)
  • Dentelles de Montmirail (36km)
  • Verdon (rivière) (42km)
  • Embouchure - Verdon (42km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Istres (49km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoo de La Barben (31km)

Geography and distances

Roussillon is in the south-east of France at 38 kilometres from Avignon, the department capital (general information: Roussillon is 595 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Roussillon

Canton: Gordes

Arrondissement: Apt

Department: Vaucluse

Region: Provence

Postcode: 84220

Distance to Roussillon

from Avignon (prefecture): 38 km

from Paris: 595 km

from Calais: 825 km

from Nice: 161 km

from Bordeaux: 477 km

from Strasbourg: 554 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Nice or Marseille airport. Driving is also possible - coming by car to the region takes about 10 hours from the cross-channel ferry ports. For driving distances to Roussillon from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Gargas, Goult, Joucas, Lioux, Murs and Saint-Pantaleon.

This page in French: Visiter Roussillon