Barely 20 km from Avignon in beautiful southeastern France, the effervescent town of L'Isle sur la Sorgue is famed for its lively antiques scene. Close to the scenic perched villages of the Luberon Valley and within striking distance of Châteauneuf du Pape’s prestigious vineyards, L'Isle sur la Sorgue is known as “the Venice of the Comtat” for its waterways that bring a welcome freshness to the town’s streets and terraces.
What makes this Village special
Its past is closely bound to the river Sorgue, whose source lies in nearby Fontaine de Vaucluse. The river used to power the mills at the heart of the region’s silk and wool industries, with the water wheels dotted around the town serving as potent reminders of a golden age.
Now bustling cafes and restaurants line the river banks, where locals rub shoulders with visitors from around the globe, drawn by l’Isle sur la Sorgue’s famous Sunday antiques market and the world-class International Antiques & Art Festival, held twice a year, at Easter and in the middle of August.
Elegantly combining French art de vivre with a passion for the great outdoors, l’Isle sur la Sorgue brings the best of Provence right to your doorstep: art galleries scattered across town, authentic Provençal markets, endless antiques shops, pretty riverside walks, lots of waterside cafés, and canoeing and river bathing all close at hand.
What’s more, the historic cities of Avignon, Nîmes, Arles and Orange are all an easy drive away, with the coastal gems of Cassis, the Camargue, and Marseille also accessible for great days out.
L'Isle sur la Sorgue Market - Thursday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have visit this market, we recommend you go there on Sunday. The Thursday market is a traditional farmers market. However, the Sunday one is much larger and much more fascinating. Indeed, the whole town is taken over by market stalls and in particular you will find around 300 exhibitors of Antiquities. L’Isle sur la Sorgue is the European capital of antiques. If you are in the region at Easter weekend or the weekend of August 15, the whole town is closed for the antiques fair with over 500 exhibitors, a dream for Antique-lovers. A few weekends a year there is also a floating market which is worth seeing.