L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue



South East of Avignon   ISLE SUR LA SORGUE    


L'Isle sur la Sorgue is a delightful place to visit because of its beauty and charm.  This lively town lies at the foot of the Vaucluse plateau in the plains of Comtat Venaissin.

The river Sorgue, flowing from the "Fontaine de Vaucluse", circles the town giving it a natural emerald green colour and the pretty canals that wind through the center reflect the summer sunshine. Walking along the canals you will notice how they run between the narrow ancient streets.
 
There are charming little bridges to cross and impressive old wheels to look at with mossy blades turning round and round in the river. In the summer boating games are organized on the canal for the delight of the tourists.
 
The impressive Collegiate church Notre Dame des Anges has an exceptional Baroque interior and the 18th century hospital pharmacy boasts a rare collection of Moustier faience. Many magnificent mansions have been converted into art galleries, in particular the famous Maison René Char - Hotel Donadeï de Campredon (18th century.), now a museum exhibiting such great artists as Miro, Mauguin or Dufy and a display area dedicated to René Char.

L'Isle sur la Sorgue is worldwide famous for its antique fairs at Easter and over the August  bank holiday.   Antique lovers and art collectors will be amazed by the nearly 300 permanent antique dealers and second hand shops here.  The Sunday market is also a meeting point for many tourists and the entire town is taken over by different stalls and crowds of excited people looking for the ideal present to take home.   There are numerous cafés and pretty restaurants along the canals where you can stop for a drink or lunch with friends.