Pernes-les-Fontaines is located south of Mont Ventoux, on the plain at the foot of the Vaucluse mountains, between Carpentras and Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. The river Nesque passes through the town travelling from the Vaucluse plateau, then joining the Sorgue. It supplies most of the 40 public fountains, 8 of which are listed as Historical Monuments, which refreshes the town and gives it its name.
MUST SEE: The town is full of listed Historical Monuments which are definitely worth a visit, including: the 13th-century Ferrande tower and the rectangular clock tower (former 12th-century keep to the Counts of Toulouse château with clock (1486) and bell (1764)); The 14th-century Saint-Gilles gateway and the Villeneuve gateway (1550); the Halle couverte (covered hall) (1623); the Town Hall (1670); the Anselme Hotel (15th and 16th century); the 17th-century upper doorway and the Ancien Hôtel de Jocas fountain; the birthplace of Esprit Fléchier (bishop of Nimes), from 1623; the Crillon Hotel (16th century); the Barruel Hotel (17th and 18th century).Several museums tell the history of the town and region: Comtadin Costume Museum, Fléchier House. Cycling enthusiasts will love the Bicycle Museum (Paul de Vivie, aka Vélocio, was born in Pernes-les-Fontaines).The Pernes-les-Fontaines Tourist Information Office organises guided tours of the town's heritage. Let yourself be guided through the streets and town squares and discover the history of the Tour Ferrande.Key events:Truffle Festival with Truffolio in January, The Folklories (world music and dance) in July and Font'Arts (street shows) in August.