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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vaucluse

Pernes-les-Fontaines - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vaucluse

Also called "The Pearl of the Comtat" Pernes-les-Fontaines lies at the foot of Mont Ventoux, backed by the Vaucluse mountains that give birth to the famous Fountain, about 25 minutes of the Luberon and Avignon. With "most beautiful detours of France", Pernes-les-Fontaines offers a lifestyle and attractive holiday resort with its many gardens, cobbled alleys, its shady squares and its surrounding countryside adorned with grapevines and orchards? Famous for its forty fountains, this small city retains all the character of the Provencal village where life is good?

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude44.0039290 (N 44° 0’ 14”)
Longitude5.0646509 (E 5° 3’ 53”)
AltitudeFrom 36m to 263m
Surface area51.12 km²
Population10746 inhabitants
Density210 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAvignon (27 km, 34 min)
Insee code84088
IntercommunalityCC les Sorgues du Comtat
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Didier4.7 km (8 min)
La Roque-sur-Pernes5.3 km (8 min)
Velleron7.3 km (11 min)
Carpentras7.9 km (14 min)
Le Beaucet7.9 km (16 min)
Malemort-du-Comtat9.2 km (12 min)
Mazan9.7 km (14 min)
Venasque10.6 km (14 min)
Monteux11.6 km (15 min)
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue12.1 km (16 min)
Saumane-de-Vaucluse12.1 km (19 min)
Saint-Saturnin-lès-Avignon12.7 km (15 min)
Althen-des-Paluds12.7 km (17 min)
Le Thor12.9 km (16 min)

Things to see and do

Former capital of the Comtat Vaucluse, Pernes kept this time prestigious traces ... not less than twenty-two of its monuments or listed historic monument ...

Enter the heart of the old center still surrounded by ramparts and imposing fortified gates ...

Admire fourteen mansions, chapels, Romanesque church! Take the small shaded and winding calade to the top of the clock tower and enjoy the breathtaking view over the plain of Comtat and Mont Ventoux!

Do not miss the Ferrande turn. It is in it that you will discover the most valuable historical treasures of the city of frescoes from the 13th century beautifully preserved.

Take a trip back in time and enter the Store Clothier, old cloth shop that his old vintage counters, displays the view of visitors beautiful needlework and embroidery ... Admire Costumes Comtadin treasured and relive that every four years at the famous Heritage Day.

Enter the house Fléchier famous sacred orator of the Sun King! At the heart of an elegant 17th century mansion, just soak up the Comtadine traditions ... let her tell you vigils Christmas in the fireplace, his evenings spinning the silk cocoon, and the painstaking work of Santon ...

And for large nostalgic visit the museum of the Old School Valayans. Find the wooden benches, the encriez earthenware penholders, the teacher's desk and even his whip!

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Throughout the year the city comes alive... exhibitions in festivals, theater concerts, local traditions festivals, everyone finds to be entertained, to cultivate Pernes-les-Fontaines ! In addition to the cultural center of the Augustinians and the White Penitents chapel, the old center is full of plots and unusual places that offer real small theater scenes, amazing managers to listen, watch, vibrate and applaud all artists volunteers from many cultural associations that occur here...

Do not miss the big appointment: walking lanterns, Pernes Photos, Melon Festival, the Folklories Pernes in Music Font'Arts, the Salon des Métiers d' Art, the Antiquarian Book Fair... and more!

The association " Pots in the street " offers its pottery market in July, where nearly 30 potters display their works. Several events are planned : development of a collective work carried out by the visitors contest ceramic workshop for children young visitors to enjoy the happiness brought by the work of clay, musical entertainment.


The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower
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Heritage Day
Heritage Day
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Font'Arts, street music and theater festival
Font'Arts, street music and theater festival
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Pernes-les-Fontaines Potter Market in July
Pernes-les-Fontaines Potter Market in July
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Displays potter market
Displays potter market
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Wednesday 27 may
Min. 16°C - Max. 24°C
Thursday 28 may
Min. 13°C - Max. 26°C
Friday 29 may
Min. 15°C - Max. 25°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Rooted in the heart of Provence, Vaucluse Pernes-les-Fontaines opens the doors of wealth. In less than an hour's drive, discover breathtaking landscapes of which contain authentic heritage !

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Cycle, mountain bike, tandem and electric bike hire
Nature and the great outdoors22 € Velleron (5.7 km)
Discovery hike in Provence
Nature and the great outdoors15 € to 25 € Sault (29 km)
Visit a lavender distillery
Local flavoursFreeSault (30 km)
Lavender distillery in Provence
Crafts0 € to 5 € Apt (30 km)
Paintball by the Lubéron
Sports sensations20 € to 35 € La Roque-d'Anthéron (36 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Fountains of Pernes
Village visitEasy2h00Pernes-les-Fontaines
Around the Comtat Venaissin
Village visitEasy2h00La Roque-sur-Pernes (4.5 km)
From the Spring to the Venice of Provence
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (10 km)
Beaumes Rouges Path
HikeEasy2h30Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (10.3 km)
"Terrasses du Ventoux"
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate1h45Méthamis (12.5 km)


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