L'Isle sur la Sorgue

L'Isle sur la Sorgue

On the fresh, clear waters of the Sorgue, the centre of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a really lovely place to stroll all year round. Highlights include its magnificent church and its water wheel, which hark back to an era when the river was the essential driving force for emerging industry. Isle is also famous for the Café de France, where the singer Renaud is often spotted, for its Sunday morning market, and its must-see antiques market where you can bargain-hunt as much as you want, with numerous specialists visiting from all over the world.

The parting of the waters

This is the place where the Sorgue, which springs from the ground less than 10 miles from here in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, divides into two channels which then flow either side of the centre of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

Floating market

Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is renowned for its Sunday market. Each year on the first Sunday in August, a floating market takes place, a nod to a time when market gardeners from the surrounding area came to sell their produce on board "neguo-chin" (literally, "drown-dogs"), these flat-bottomed barges of questionable stability...

Village of antique dealers

Located between the Alpilles and Luberon regions, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has developed a strong identity as a global hotspot for second-hand goods. Second-hand goods or antique dealers are grouped into several "villages", in shared or independent shops. If you like to "haggle", it's the place to come!

Christmas in Isle

Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is known for the clear waters of the Sorgue channels. Christmas is the festival of light. Bring the two together, and you will understand the delight of experiencing Christmas in Provence, with it traditions and Christmas markets.

Visits and activities near L'Isle sur la Sorgue

Pernes les Fontaines

As the name suggests, Pernes Les Fontaines is the town of fountains! No less than 40 ancient fountains are dotted around the place that has been thus named since 1936. There are fountains of all shapes and sizes - covered with moss or mascaron, monumental or minuscule...

The villages of Mont Ventoux

Explore the charming small villages at the foot of Mont Ventoux... Bedoin, Crillon le Brave, Sault, Savoillans, and more. The atmosphere, architecture and views differ from one village to the next.