History flows along the waterways of this town
Take the time to stroll through pretty, cobblestone lanes as you discover the treasures of this town unlike any other.
The “Little Venice” of Provence
Surrounded by canals, l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, nicknamed “la Venise Comtadine”, is brought to life by the waters that flow through its streets.
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue – a river village
Enjoy wandering the streets of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, where the murmur of water is never far away.
As you walk, you’ll soon notice why the village is so popular amongst artists. With waterwheels, street art, and little creative shops, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is an ideal place to let your mind wander and find inspiration.
Did you know?
Have you spotted all the waterwheels in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue? We’ve counted nearly 17!
Bearing witness to the village’s past, they were once used in the textiles industry.
Capital of antiques
Are you a fan of car boot sales? L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is really the ‘place to be’ for lovers of antiques and second-hand goods.
The art of bargain-hunting, finding the perfect little trinkets or quite simply redoing an interior with a vintage flair: bric-a-brac is very much an integral part of village’s DNA.
Take a walk around “L’Ile aux Brocantes” (“Bric-a-Brac Island”) which gathers around forty antique dealers, or visit the “Village des Antiquaires” (“Antique dealers’ village), a unique place which is home to nearly 70 exhibitors. It’s the largest and oldest space for second-hand goods dealers in the village!
Did you know?
The reputation of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue extends beyond the borders of France. Today, it is the 3rd biggest antiques destination in all of Europe.
Bearing witness to the village’s rich history, they used to play an important role in the textile industry.
Browsing antique collections
Many antique dealers offer objects of all shapes and sizes, guaranteed to delight bargain-hunters!
At the market
Every Sunday morning, the village comes alive in an explosion of colour, scent, and taste.
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s markets: the ultimate destination for foodies
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: also a fantastic destination for stocking up on delicious fruit and veg, local cheeses or fine wines!
Every Thursday and Sunday you can find the market along the canal boasting the fine scents of the south! In fact, this market has a reputation for being one of the most beautiful Provençal markets. But the event not to be missed is easily the floating market – people flock from far and wide to this market which is held on the first Sunday in August.
During the day you can admire the “nego chins” – boats typical of the village, stocked up with lovely, fresh, local produce. Come and discover this tradition which delights just as many eyes as it does appetites…
* L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue market – every Thursday from 7 am till 12 noon and every Sunday from 7 am till 1 pm
* L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s floating market – the first Sunday of August at the same time as the regular Sunday market
Excursion to Fontaine de Vaucluse
Explore Fontaine de Vaucluse, the village that gave its name to this area of France.
Located around fifteen minutes from L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, it is here that the river Sorgue springs in a tumultuous torrent from its rocky source. A short walk is necessary to approach the chasm of Fontaine de Vaucluse and its incredible scenery. The sheer power of the source will take your breath away: it is the largest source in France and 5th largest in the world.
With the kids
Canoe rides on the Sorgue are possible and accessible to people of all levels of ability! We recommend you come in the springtime to benefit from the strongest water flow.