- Local Knowledge
- Areas of Interest
- Weekly Markets
- Bakeries/Bread Shops
- Grocery Stores
Historically, the area was widely known for its iron mines and ochre deposits, but the landscape is now accented by marvelous lavender fields spreading along the famous Luberon valley and up to the plateau d’Albion toward the mountains of Mont Ventoux and the Alpes de Haute Provence. The village is very quiet and remains authentic and agricultural, despite being located just a stone’s throw away from all the popular and bustling hilltop villages of the Luberon : Roussillon, Gordes, Bonnieux, Lacoste Ménerbes…
Historically, the area was widely known for its iron mines and ochre deposits, but the landscape is now accented by marvelous lavender fields spreading along the famous Luberon valley and up to the plateau d’Albion toward the mountains of Mont Ventoux and the Alpes de Haute Provence.
Please note that most restaurants in Provence do not open until 7:30 in the evening. Reservations are needed in the high season, especially for groups.
- Pizzeria du Colorado
Quartier notre dame des Anges, Rustrel
33 (0)4 90 04 94 36
In the middle of the ochre cliffs. Large terrace, grill, open for lunch and dinner
- Le bistrot de Lagarde
Restaurant gastronomique, 1 Michelin Star
84 400 Lagarde d’Apt
- La Table de Pablo
Restaurant semi gastronomique
Les Petits Cléments 84400 Villars
33 (0) 4 90 75 45 18
- Le Sanglier Paresseux
33 (0) 4 90 75 17 70
- La Boulangerie de Rustrel
So typical !
Opens every day for lunch except on Thursdays
- Le Petit Jardin
So charming !
33 (0)4 90 05 20 05
Most wineries are closed on Sundays and during lunch hours.
The most notable local wineries are:
What to do in Rustrel
Colorado Provencal in Rustrel: Over 65 acres of hills to hike. Its trails allow to discover eroded cliffs with more than 20 shades of ocher. The hiking trail GR6 crosses this area.
Lavender fields : Located in the Luberon valley, around Rustrel, and a lot on the Plateau d’Albion, and to Forcalquier and the Alpes de Haute Provence.
Golf course in Villars, 5 minutes from Rustrel: 9 holes.
Historical Chateaux in Rustrel, Gordes, Lacoste, Lourmarin.
Historical cities of Avignon, Aix en Provence are 1 hour drive.
Famous hilltop villages of the Luberon valley are in a 25 minutes radius : Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Lacoste.
More beautiful villages, more quiet, less tourists : Villars, Saint Saturnin, Viens, Caseneve, Cereste.
Gorges du Verdon: Beautiful landscapes, lakes of Esparron, and Sainte Croix.
Ochre mines in Gargas : Mines de Bruoux
Lustrerie Mathieu near Gargas : Mathieu Lustrerie
Mont Ventoux mountain, 2000m high : the Giant of Provence. Beautiful views.
Horse riding (Villars…), hiking, cycling.
Rustrel Weekly Markets
Small market Wednesday morning in the village of Rustrel
Large outdoor market on Saturday morning in Apt
Tuesday morning in St Saturnin les Apt
Thursday morning in Villars
Bakeries and Bread Shops in Rustrel
Boulangerie au Pierrot d’Antan
Route de St Christol Rustrel, - Open from Monday to Sunday 7AM to 7PM Closed Thursdays
Rustrel Grocery Stores
Note that many grocery stores are closed Sundays and Mondays, or have limited hours on Sunday mornings.
Leclerc (15 min de Rustrel) Google map
Chemin des Abattoirs in Apt
Open 8:30am to 7:30 pm weekdays (until 8:00pm Friday/Saturdays)
Closed on Sundays
Rustrel Grocery Shop : Marilyne Reynaud
Route de Saint-Christol, 84400 Rustrel
Open every day, but closed from 1 to 3 or 4PM (siesta)