Splash of freshness in Fountaine-de-Vaucluse or discovering Provence by bicycle
As I have already mentioned, l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has perfect location on the crossroad of all Provençal roads. When I had been planning this trip I checked in GoogleMaps the distance to all places of interest and it turned out that it would take 30-40 minutes by car to go there. Although, this time we preferred to choose another mean of transport, bicycles. Rent-a-bike office was just five minutes walk from our apartment and the owner was very friendly and nice. He explained us which trail it would be better to take with 3 years old child, where to park and where to eat on the way.
So, at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, after exploring the market and taking a breakfast with the view in the small cafe on the board of the river, we, well-equipped for a day-long cycling, took our bicycles, checked the map and headed out of the town, direction to Fontaine de Vaucluse.
Of course, after one kilometre we had to stop as I could not passed by such beautiful, Van Gogh style, fields of poppy flowers. Just look at them, they are perfect!
Classic of Provence – a long driveway to the master house with the cypress on the both sides.
Viaduc of Galas. From this point the Carpentras channel starts and flows through Provence to give water to its dry fields.
The bank of the river Sorgue.
Here we enter the village, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.
The river is the dominate of the village and dictates the layout of the place.
Main square, main roundabout and the main road of the village. It is hidden in shadow of huge plane-trees and give freshness even if it is plus 45 degree.
The Sorgue river, not far from its source.
It will take about 2o minutes of the relaxed walk uphill with stops every five meters to make another awesome photo to arrive to the famous source.
The source. The water, indeed, is like a huge turquoise and very very cold. It is like a sleeping giant, quiet and still until it wakes up. The source is 308 meters in depth and gives the life to the Sorgue river. I was surprised to learn that this is the biggest source of France and fifth in the world. Impressive!
Just look at this emerald colour of the river! Thanks to the seaweeds Sorgue has its famous green colour.
Back to the centre. One of hundreds of watermills hills.
Lovely part and the gardens. The heaven for artists and tired tourists. We spent minimum one hour in the park, enjoying simple pleasures of life, a fresh baguette with local cheese, fruits and magnificent view on Vaucluse mountains.
Look at this crystal clear water!
It should be great experience to ride kayak and explore the river from water.
Viadus of Galas again.
We continued our bicycle trip to the next point on our map – Saumane de Vaucluse, which was only in few kilometres from Fontaine de Vaucluse.
We almost arrived to the top. We could see the castle, we could imagine the picturesque view we would discover from its walls… Although, couple hundreds meters from the top we discovered that the little one had fallen asleep. What a pity! We turned back to the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in about 20 minutes we were at the entrance to our apartment. It was great day, even if we were not able to visit all the places. We were fully packed with impressions, fresh air and sun, happy and sunburned.
If you would like to rent a bike and discover the region, here are several useful links:
The description of the route we took: 21 kilometre between l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue -> Fontaine de Vaucluse -> Saumane de Vaucluse
The web-site where you may find another cycling routes.
Other posts about the May break in Provence:
Insider’s tips: L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue