Pop.: 2,997. Alt.: 220m.

Département of the Vaucluse

4 km north west of Apt via the D101.

Situated between Roussillon and the Colorado de Rustrel, Gargas is part of the the superb "route de l'ocre". Made up of several hamlets in the area, Gargas is part of the Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon.
The countryside surrounding Gargas is magnificent, with vineyards in the foreground (A.O.C Côtes du Ventoux) and the ochre quarries dug into the pine-covered hills in the distance.

Gargas is the last village in the Vaucluse which has ochre quarries still operating today. Before arriving in the village you can see huge indentations where the blocks of ochre were placed before drying out in the sun and being ground to powder. Not all the quarries are open to the public, so visitors are advised to seek information from the tourist office before going to the extraction areas.

Gargas is a geological site, rich in history. It was here that one of the biggest battles were fought during the Gaullist conquest and traces of human habitation have been found dating back to 6,000-2,000 BC.



Historic sites to visit :

Ruins of the château . 17th century church.
Ruins of the priory ND de Broux.
Oppidum de Perréal (from 6,000 to 2,000 BC)

Leisure activities :

Hiking, mountain biking. Tennis and pétanque.
Village festival at the beginning of September.

Accommodation :

Bed and breakfast, Evening meal
Le Moulin de lavon 84400 Gargas tel: 0490743454

Neighbouring villages :

Gordes (7km) St Saturnin d'Apt (7km), Villars (7km),Roussillon (4km).