Roussillon: the village with colourful houses

Written by SandrinePublished on 05/07/16

Roussillon is a very pretty little village perched on a hill of Luberon. When you arrive, you will notice the beautiful orange-coloured houses that clump together on the mound. Some maritime pines are found at the bottom of the town, which makes the stroll pleasant.

1Arrival in the village of Roussillon

We landed in this small village one Friday in May. Here, it is not possible to park free of charge even outside the village unless you move far away from it. As a result, we were forced to pay for the parking lot reluctantly. You will have to park in one of the paid car parks in the village, which cost between 2€ and 3€ per day.

2Walking in the alleyways of Roussillon

The village is very beautiful, the yellow and ochre colours tint the houses and you can enjoy discovering the narrow streets. We enjoyed a walk in this small village with colourful houses. At every corner of the street, we discover new colours. At the bend of a crossing, a narrow staircase leads us to another alleyway. The colours are warm and we appreciate the visit. The village also offers beautiful views of the surrounding area. Right next door, the ochre trail of Roussillon allows you to admire the ochre chimneys of an old quarry.

Street in Roussillon
Small passage in Roussillon

Nevertheless, the crowds are a bit of a waste. Here everything is crowded and a flood of cars is constantly crossing the tiny village, it's a shame. So we have to share the road in some places with vehicles that allow us to take full advantage of the exhaust fumes, not to mention the narrow passages where we have to stick up against the walls to let the traffic through. In short, a very beautiful village, but to visit at an hour or at a low season to avoid the crowds.

We also found that the prices in the village were quite prohibitive. We tried to buy a sandwich at the local supermarket, and we turned around and looked at the prices. To know that it will be necessary to drive more than 20 km to reach the first supermarket!

Our opinion
We like

The beautiful colours of the houses.

A charming village well maintained.

The location of the village in the pine trees.

We don't like

Tourist traffic and traffic jams in the centre.

Car parks must be paid for.

About us

We are Sandrine and Flo, French thirty-somethings. In 2019 we quit everything to live our dream, become nomads and travel around the world. We left with our baby, Lena, who was only 5 months old at the time. After a first trip around the Pacific Ocean by plane and a long 3 months stay in Hawaii, we left to discover Iceland for 3 months on board our 4WD pickup truck and truck camper. Then we continued our adventure in North America.

Today, if we can continue this adventure, it is above all thanks to our blog, Smartrippers! We created it one day in 2016, with the desire to share our good travel tips, without thinking that it would lead us there! We have developed it a lot over the years and have become experts on our 3 favorite destinations: Hawaii, Iceland and the American West. We now guide you to these destinations to help you plan the trip of your dreams!

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