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L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

A timeless town

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: a city of canals – and the capital of antiques and second-hand goods

Located between the Luberon, the Ventoux and the Alpilles, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is an unmissable part of Vaucluse. It lies on the river Sorgue, which of course gave the town its name. Often referred to as the “Venice comtadine” (Venice of Provence), l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a charming town on the water – the ideal place for a romantic weekend away!

Duration :

1 day

Price:

de 20€ to 100€

Type:

Walk

Parking :

paid

Entering the idyllic town

As soon as you arrive in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, around 30 kilometres east of Avignon, you will be charmed by the flower-bordered canal and the series of antique shops… real Aladdin’s caves!

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue – with its bridges covered in flowers, water wheels, winding narrow streets, and colourful market – displays an easy way of life that you will warm to immediately. Now a true paradise for antique hunters, this former fishing village is full of hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.

L'Isle sur la Sorgue: night scene ©KESSLER G

Did you know?

René Char, famous poet and member of the Resistance, was born in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and spoke highly of the poetic qualities of the river.

Waterwheel at L'Isle sur la Sorgue ©HOCQUEL A

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L’Isle sur la Sorgue

A romantic trip to Provence’s “Little Venice”

Immerse yourself in the history of the Venice of Provence

L'Isle sur la Sorgue ©HOCQUEL A
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Go back in time…
Stroll on the docks, take photos, and wander from terrace to terrace.

L’Isle-sur-la Sorgue is closely linked with its river.

Once upon a time, the Sorgue represented the town and, in fueling production, marked its industrial rise (dyers, mills, silk spinning mills etc.). Today, what remains of this prosperous era can be seen at the docks. The mossy water wheels peacefully watch over the river, surrounded by swans and ducks swimming in the water.

Antique shops and flea markets galore!

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is the 3rd biggest European platform in the antiquities trade, after Saint-Ouen and London.

The town is overflowing with objects and oddities of all sorts which can be found everywhere – from the docks to the permanent flea markets in the Village des Antiquaires.
Wander among the knick-knacks and other items bearing witness to the past – they will certainly tempt you.

Not to mention that in the heart of the town centre, there are a number of shops selling typically Provençal products and food – you absolutely won’t be able to resist!

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When passing through the narrow streets, you’ll be surprised by the variety of quirky arts and crafts shops, or shops selling gourmet Provençal produce!

Antique shop - L'Isle sur la Sorgue ©HOCQUEL A

Must-see (and it’s free!)

Villa Datris: unmissable art centre

This art museum, dedicated to contemporary sculpture, will lead you through beautiful and original themed exhibitions.

Must-see (and it’s free!)

Villa Datris Gardens

The museum displays exhibitions in the gardens, focused on poetry and the creativity of artists.

The art of noble fibres

La Filaventure: Sensory Museum of Noble Fibres

With a two-hundred-year-old manufacturing history, the Brun de Vian-Tiran family are carrying on the art of the spinning mill. Their museum brings you into the world of wool – a poetic and sensory experience!

Exceptional Provençal markets

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s market is a journey into the tastes and fragrances of Provence.

The local farmers’ market is celebrated for its vegetables as well as its friendly and easy-going atmosphere. Every Sunday you can find it spread across the town centre, right up to the docks.

Start the day by strolling through and truly doing justice to the art of Provençal living. Lost in the middle of the market stalls… you will find yourself intoxicated by sunny smells and singsong southern accents!

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On the 1 August every year, the ‘Nego Chin’ floating market, loaded with food, comes to meet you on the docks!
All in costume and accompanied by folksong.

Floating markets ©HOCQUEL A

An unforgettable lunch at Le Vivier

Whet your appetite in a truly romantic setting

Your table awaits in one of l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s most renowned restaurants – Le Vivier.

This gastronomic restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star, and you will be treated to a meal in a fantastic setting next to the Sorgue, with sophisticated cuisine and a shady terrace.
A true delight, you’ll be thinking about the pigeon pithivier with porcini mushrooms and foie gras forever!

Le Vivier gastronomic restaurant - ©levivier

A nice touch: the restaurant will give you a shawl if you get a little cold on pleasant summer evenings.

Summary

  • The collegiate of Notre-Dame des Anges – a Baroque church built in the 16th century
  • Campredon Art Centre
  • Feed the ducks on the docks of the Sorgue
  • Do some festive shopping at the Christmas market

Practical info

Come from Avignon via the D942 or A7 ‘Avignon Sud’ exit

Free parking at:
– 28 Avenue Julien Guigue,
– and 412 Chemin du Nevon
More information

Line N° 6 AVIGNON – L’ISLE SUR LA SORGUE
Link to brochure hours