How difficult to resist to the charm of l'Isle sur la Sorgue, this delightful town in the Vaucluse. Criss-crossed by the Sorgue river branches (coming from Fontaine de Vaucluse), it names itself, maybe a little bit pompously the "Venice of the Comtat".
The Sorgue river (or rather the Sorgue rivers) marked the city foundation, the first inhabitants founded in the water then rich in fish their ressources. During the Middle-Age, agriculture spreads in the area as the soils are drained. The town grows and protects itself by building city walls which have now disappeard.
L'Isle sur la Sorgue was spared by the Religions Wars in the 16th century, but it lived dramatic events during the french Revolution.
L'Isle sur la Sorgue holds a pretty historic heritage. The church Notre Dame des Anges has a Romanic origin, it owns inside one of the most beautiful baroque decoration from the 17th century in the region.
L'Isle sur la Sorgue is now a dynamic little town, with a very reputated market every Sunday morning, it is also a centre of european scale for the antiques market.
L'Isle sur Sorgue presents two faces : the gentle atmosphere invites you to wander through the streets of the old city, and let you rock by the murmur of the Sorgue river, or let you lost in the contemplation of the paddle wheels, and sit down in a Café's terrace. But it is also the walkabout and the Sunday morning animation, and the International Antiques and Second Hand Fairs, attracting connoisseurs from all over the world.
Padding wheels in l'Isle sur Sorgues
Strolling trough the streets of l'Isle sur la Sorgue, you will be happy to discover old padding wheels along rivers and canals .
Forteen padding wheels are still turning round, scattered on the numerous Sorgue river arms. They were more than seventy in the 19th century. The Sorgue river supplied the energy for silk spinning, dyeing, paper mill, seeds and oil mills.
L'Isle sur la Sorgue was then an industrious city, from which today the activities finished a long time ago, but memory is still present and maintained by the inhabitants.
Padding wheels have today just a decorative fonction, but it's a kind of gripping scene : the heavy and mossy pads, waterlogged with the clear water from the Sorgue river rise slowly, streaming with sparkling water under the sun.
Coming to Isle sur la Sorgue
GPS coordinates N 43°45'05'' - E 5°03'02''
Accommodation near l'Isle sur la Sorgue
Selection of bed and breakfast l'Isle sur la Sorgue on the web portal chambres-dhotes-provence.net
Luxuous Bed and breakfast in the picturesque old town of Isle sur la Sorgue.
tel : +33 (0)6 11 26 30 98
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charming bed and breakfast in Le Thor near l'Isle sur la Sorgue.
tel : +33 (0)4 90 02 13 79
charming b&b 8 km from l'Isle sur la Sorguer.
tel : +33 (0)4 90 33 72 78
website of the Tourist Office : www.oti-delasorgue.fr