Good Time in Provence


THE PRETTY PROVENCE TOWN OF L'ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE 


Little Venice

Located in Provence, between Avignon and the Luberon, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is named after its river with crystal clear water, the Sorgue, which gives it an old-fashioned atmosphere, picturesque and offers the town an incomparable coolness in the heat of summer

The past has been preserved here, so take the time to experience it. It feels good

A River, the Sorgue

The river’s source is barely 6km away, where it appears from underground at the extraordinary natural site of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.  Before the town the river divides into numerous canals, which give the town the appearance of being made up of many islands. This is what gives it its charm as well as its nickname “Venice in Provence”

A Rich History

There are traces of Roman occupation on the Isle. The Isle was the stronghold of the Counts of Provence, the Counts of Toulouse and the Holy See in 1274.  The city was then strengthened by the Popes of Avignon.  The only trace of the ancient walls of the city is Boutin tower, currently under renovation in the center of the old town

A Baroque Church

The Church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges stands in the centre of the old town.  It is a Romanesque Church with an austere exterior, but hidden inside are unsuspected wonders- the church is in a seventeenth century Baroque style, equal to the richest Italian churches

Paddle Wheels

The Sorgue and its canals are spanned by many bridges and lined with a multitude of terraces.  To the west and south, they are decorated with large paddle wheels, which have become symbols of the city.  These, which are proof of a rich industrial heritage, became obsolete in the twentieth century but were kept and maintained for their beauty and picturesque character. There are now 17 working water wheels scattered around the town

The 3rd Center of Antiques and Brocante

L'Isle-sur-Sorgue is a center of antiques and brocanteurs of international renown. Decoration and antique shops and art galleries make up a major economic activity with more than 250 shops, and every Sunday of the year a brocante takes place along the banks of the River Sorgue

An animated town center, with its restaurants, its funfairs, its fetes and its museums…

and so much more...

You can find more information on L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on the website of the Tourism Office: http://www.oti-delasorgue.fr/office-tourisme-isle-sur-sorgue.php