Pop.: 2,997. Alt.: 220m.
Département of the Vaucluse
4 km north
west of Apt via the
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.
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.
Le Moulin de lavon 84400 Gargas tel: 0490743454
Neighbouring villages :
Gordes (7km) St
Saturnin d'Apt (7km), Villars