Set in a steep valley, this charming town in the south of France boasts an incredible natural site: the Fountain of Vaucluse, nestled at the foot of a 230-metre-high cliff. This deep and mysterious chasm is where the River Sorgue has its source. This exsurgence, which has one of the highest flow rates in the world, is accessible via a path along the river. Once you arrive at the edge of this emblematic spot in Provence, you cannot fail to be charmed by the emerald green colour of its waters, and surprised by the power of its flow, especially in periods of flooding!
But Fontaine-de-Vaucluse also includes an old village where you can enjoy a pleasant stroll in the shade of the trees. Some trades of bygone days are kept alive there today, for instance a paper mill which makes paper as it did in the 15th century and operates with a water wheel. There is also the Cristallerie de la Fontaine, a studio and shop where you can watch glass being spun. So as you walk the streets, don't hesitate to step into the local craft shops for a look at what's being made in the region. You can also visit the Santon Museum and its impressive collection of traditional nativity figurines, equally enjoyable for children and grown-ups.
When it comes to history and heritage, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse has an 11th-century Romanesque church and a medieval castle perched on a rocky peak whose ruins overlook the village.