Ochre mines of Bruoux, Gargas

Winter closure until March 15, 2022---------------A cathedral of colour sculpted from the ochre rocks of the Pays d’Apt. A subterranean journey that reveals the life of local Pays d'Apt ochre miners in the 19th century. Deep below the warm, radiant coloured cliffs, surrounded by pine trees, lie around 50 km of galleries, carved by ochre miners. This extraordinary testament to the world of ochre mining, is a unique and impressive site. This mysterious labyrinth is now a protected site, with 650 m of galleries open to visitors. A guide will lead you, in small groups, through the numerous man-made galleries - work that started in 1848 and ended shortly after the second world war. Outside the site, illustrated educational panels tell the story of the Pays d’Apt’s industrial history.


1434 Route de Croagnes
84400 Gargas

04 90 06 22 59

Site open daily from 10 am to 6 pm 

March 15th  to November 6th, 2022

Guided tours only 60 minutes, at fixed times, limited to 25 people.

Reservation required only by phone at 04 90 06 22 59. 

Provide a warm clothing.


Site accessible to strollers.

Site accessible to people with reduced mobility with accompanying person and provision of a wheelchair on request.

Parking is free at Les Mines de Bruoux. We have a coach parking in front of the site, a car parking (P1) and a parking dedicated to motorhomes (P2).

Viist of the Ochre mines of Bruoux, Gargas

For Pass holders, Vaucluse Provence Pass, guided tours in the morning: highly recommended booking and only by phone

Opening time
* From March 15th - March 31st and November 1st - November 15th
Guided tours at 11 am

Closed Sunday and Monday

* From April 1st to July 5th and from August 26th to October 31st
Daily: guided tour at 10:30 am and 11:30 am

* From July 6th to August 25th
Daily: guided tours at 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 am

Horaires d'ouverture
Horaires d'ouverture :
Du 20 mars au 31 octobre, de 10H à 18H00
Réservation OBLIGATOIRE par téléphone au 04 90 06 22 59

Thematic of the place

Musuems and monuments|Vaucluse Provence Pass

Public price
Plein : €9.50
Price with the pass
Plein : Free
Viist of the Ochre mines of Bruoux, Gargas