Southern Venice: L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue

It was not love from the first sight with L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue. At my first visit of the town in 2009, I didn’t have enough time to discover the place. This time, thanks to my colleague, who was born in L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue and gave me tonnes of useful information, we rented a lovely apartment in the city center with the magnificent view on the river, the market and the promenade. We stayed in the town for three days and enjoyed it a lot. Note to myself: always give the second chance to a place as it may turn out that you will want to stay there longer than expected.

Excellent location of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue makes it even more attractive for those who dreams about holidays in Provence and doesn’t know in which village to stay. If you are limited in time or you would like to visit as much places as possible then this town is an excellent location for you: it is only 35 km from Avignon and its Pope’s residence; 40 minutes drive from Chateauneuf-du-Pape and its famous wine caves, 12 minutes to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and its unreal source. Other famous Provençal villages – Gordes, Lacoste, Roussillon, Gigondas are also not far away. The town is really on a crossroad of all provencal routes!

Great location is not the only advantage of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. The town proposes to its visitors numerous attractions, such as flea market, Sunday food market and lots of antiquary shops. If you are a hunter for ancient treasures in your heart then the town should be marked number one in you must-visit list.

Now let’s start with the introduction of the town.

Old villa, transformed in to an office of the bank.

The Sorgue river and the promenade in the city centre.

View on the river, terraces of restaurants and a water mill.

Creek of the Sorgue which passes by the residential area.

The bottom of the river is a home for seaweeds.

Here we step in to the old town with it charming tiny streets, colourful facades and typical Provençal shutters which protects interiors from the summer heat.

What a lovely terrace hidden behind the blossoming oleander.

The streets are built in a way to protect the pedestrians from the heat during the summer and strong Mistral wind during winter times.


On Sunday evening we were interrupted by the noise of hundreds of bikes. Apparently, bikers also like picturesque roads of Provence!

In the city centre.

We met lots of people on bicycles. The area is very friendly for cyclists and  you may choose a route depending on the distance, difficulty level and passing by sightseeings.

Plane-trees create special ambiance of southern relax and even tender laziness when you can’t force yourself to leave your cafe table on a square under the plane-trees and order one more coffee for the fifth time.

After shopping on Saturday food market.

Men only.

Another cafe, which facade reminds me Parisian cafe.

A courtyard with art galleries, a photo atelier and a furniture store.

Other posts about L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Provence:

Insider’s tips: L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Treasure hunting at Sunday market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Gordes, the most famous village in Provence

Carriere d’Orche in Roussillon

Splash of freshness in Fountaine-de-Vaucluse or discovering Provence by bicycle