Ochre mines of Bruoux, Gargas

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.

Contact

1434 Route de Croagnes
84400 Gargas

+33 490 06 22 59
https://www.minesdebruoux.fr

Guided tours only 50 minutes, at fixed times, limited to 25 people.

Reservation required only by phone at 04 90 06 22 59. Holders of the Vaucluse ¨Provence Pass will only have access to morning visits.

Provide a warm clothing.

Site open daily from 10 am to 6 pm

LOW SEASON: March 15 - March 31
November 1st - November 15th
(closed site on Sunday and Monday): 11 am / 2 pm / 3 pm

High season: 1st of April - 5th of July
August 26 - October 31: 10:30 am / 11:30 am / 2 pm / 3 pm / 4 pm / 5 pm

Summer: July 6 - August 25
    10:30 am / 11 am / 11:30 am / 12 am / 12:15 am (Italian *) / 12:30 am (German *) / 12:45 am (English *) / 2pm / 2:20 pm / 2:40 pm / 3 pm / 3:20 pm / 3:40 pm / 4 pm / 4:20 pm / 4:40 pm / 5 pm / 5:30 pm / 6 pm


stroller
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).

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

Thematic of the place

Guided tours, Musuems and monuments, Vaucluse Provence Pass

Public price
Plein : €8.90
Price with the pass
Plein : Free
Viist of the Ochre mines of Bruoux, Gargas