Isle sur la Sorgue – the Venice of Provence

Isle sur la Sorgue is known as the Venice of Provence.

Isle sur la Sorgue
Bridge over the Sorgue

This stunning town is located in the Comtat Venaissin and at the foot of the Monts du Vaucluse, between Avignon and Fontaine de Vaucluse.

Nestled in the heart of the river Sorgue and crossed by a maze of canals that delineate a multitude of islets, L’Isle sur la Sorgue fully deserves its title of Venice of Provence.

Illa Venissa in Provençal, was also known as Insula (island) until 1890.

Its many islets are interconnected by little bridges that lead to the terraces of the waterfront restaurants and cafes.

As you stroll along this picturesque town, you’ll discover ancient water wheels still in perfect working order.

Amazingly, L’Isle sur la Sorgue has also been known worldwide – for about 40 years – for its flea markets!

It is indeed the third largest antiques market in Europe after the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen on the western outskirts of Paris.

Isle sur la Sorgue, a town where life is good!

To prove this adage, you only have to stroll along its narrow streets and small canals and enjoy the refreshing shade of the planes and willows.

Isle sur la Sorgue flea market
Flea market

You’ll enjoy the many boutiques, antique shops and art galleries.

Antiques market, flea market and farmers market with local products take place every Sunday along the canals of the river Sorgue.

You’ll find olives, black currant jelly, pomegranate and figs, lavender honey, olive tapenade, sunflowers (in summer), bouquets of lavender, meats, cheeses, Provencal fabrics and an unlimited range of Provencal colours, flavours and fragrances!

Department of Vaucluse
Coordinates: Lat 43.919166 – Long 5.046677

Photo via Wikipedia Commons: Water wheel – BridgeRestaurant Bellevue – Bellevue and bridgeStone bridge

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