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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vaucluse

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Halfway between Cavaillon and Carpentras, between Avignon and Apt, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue enjoys a privileged geographical position.

Insula, officially known as Isle sur la Sorgue on August 18, 1890, owes its birth and expansion to the water of the Sorgue. Already in the twelfth century, the inhabitants of L'Isle, use the Sorgue to defend themselves, the river serves as a moat on the ramparts that surround the city until 1795.

These same inhabitants also use the Sorgue to subsist, since they constitute the same colony of fishermen who enjoy important privileges, granted in 1237 by Raymond VII, account of Toulouse which granted them many privileges in particular that of the right of fishing in the Sorgue, from its source to the Rhone.

In the 16th century, the community of L'Isle sur la Sorgue founded the Brotherhood of Fishermen to defend its sick fishermen. It had its seat at Notre Dame de Sorguette.

Soon the Sorgue is mastered, canalized, and used to install craft workshops and spin mills oil, wheat, silk, paper, factories of woolen cloth, carpets, dyeing.

This dynamic industry generates a highly developed commercial activity with two annual fairs and two weekly markets. The Thursday market is created on November 9, 1596.

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue was for a long time the most important city of Comtat Venaissin, its attachment to France dates from 1791.

Already in the twelfth century fishing occupies a place of choice and in the nineteenth century a hundred families Isloises still live (we fished daily 15,000 crayfish).

The epidemic of 1884 that removed all crayfish was a real calamity for the city.

Things to see and do

In 1212, the bishop of Cavaillon founded a collegiate church at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue under the patronage of Notre-Dame-des-Anges, probably to thwart the powers of the consulate. There remains no trace of this building which was to be one of the first regional Gothic achievements.

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Events and festivities

The international fair Antiques and Brocante the weekend of Easter.

The festival of painters and sculptors every 2nd Saturday of every month from May to September, on the esplanade Robert Vasse. Information: email:

The floating market of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue takes place every year on the first Sunday of August, at the same time as the very famous Sunday market. It takes place on the Sorgue in front of the public garden and starts around 9am and ends around 12:30. Nego-Chin, typical boats with flat bottom, slide from one shore to another at the call of the public, and offer in their eyes a farandole of colors and scents (local products such as fruits and vegetables, bouquets of flowers, cheese, wine, bread...). You can do your shopping and enjoy, in addition, traditional Provencal costumes, music and commentary alive and singing. But for that, you have to arrive early because access is very difficult! When the floating market comes to an end, the Nego-Chin meet online as well as all the participants of the traditional market, and together they sing the famous Coupo Santo which celebrates Provence.

Detailed information

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue International Fair
One of the biggest European marketplaces for antiques and secondhand goodsApril 2020


Isle-sur-la-Sorgue or Venice Comtadine
Isle-sur-la-Sorgue or Venice Comtadine
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Stroll along the canals
Stroll along the canals
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Nego chin
Nego chin
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Golf 18 holes in Saumane-de-Vaucluse.

Descent of the river, the Sorgue, canoeing (about 2 hours) from April to September.

Villa Datris, Campredon, art center.


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