L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Travel Guide
From my kitchen window
From my kitchen window
Things to Do
Chapelle des Penitents Blancs
Chapelle des Penitents Blancs (Chapel of the White Penitents) dates back to 1742. Not much is known about the church which today stands derelict on Rue Danton. It is overseen by a local historical group in the area.The Chapel is not open to the public. On the contrary, it is...
Great base for daytripping
If, like me, you want to see as much of the countryside as you can in the time you have available, then the way to go is probably to pick a location that you can use as a base. This is especially good advice for people relying on public transport to get around. There is...
The wonderful waterways
If I haven't convinced you by now that L'Isle sur la Sorgue is a place worth visiting, I will just leave you with some pictures of the wonderful waterways that wend their way around the town after the River Sorgue splits into two sections a few kilometres after it leaves its...
Most photographed house
This mansion is situated right on the water in what is probably the busiest street in L'Isle sur la Sorgue. It is believed to have been built by a wealthy merchant in the halcyon days of the textile and paper industries in the area. Today it is a bank and also houses a nice...
Side Altars of Our Lady of the Angels
There are 12 side altars or chapels in the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Angels and these are usually ablaze with votive candles which are lit by visitors to the church. Each chapel is dedicated to a different saint or to Mary or Jesus and each is quite different to...
Church of Our Lady of the Angels
Right in the centre of town, there is a wonderful main square where there are many shops and cafes to be found. The main focus of the square however, is the magnificent Church of Our Lady of the Angels. Some would say that it is overkill in a town of this size, but I say,...
The Water Wheels
When the textile, wool and paper industries were in their heyday in centuries gone by, there were something in the region of 72 of these water wheels to be found in the waterways of L'Isle sur la Sorgue. I believe there are about 13 still there today, although not in use....
The markets are held every Thursday and Sunday from early morning till 12 noon. The stalls fill every street, lane and alleyway in the shopping area of the town. The lines of stalls seem endless and the goods on sale are the best of the best. Cheese, charcuterie, spices,...
There are several little winding streets and alleyways which go to make up the centre ville area of L'Isle sur la Sorgue. Without exception, every last one of them is lined with the most fabulous shopfronts I have ever seen gathered together in one place. The term that...
I never get tired of watcing the swans and ducks that inhabit so many of the lakes and waterways in Europe. The ducks in L'Isle sur la Sorgue are no exception. They can be found at most times in the main waterways in the town and are really colourful and downright pretty....
The promenade is not only for you!
The promenade is fit for all visitors, not only for you that read this tip. Especially in the evening but also in the early morning, ducks will come on the promenade. In the evening, they will (successfully !) beg for some bread from customers of the restaurants !
Cafe de France: Iconic Cafe
This is the cafe in all the pictures of L'Isle sur la Sorgue. It stands in the shade of two fabulous big plane trees right across from the Church in the Main Square. It is a great spot to sit and have a coffee or a drink and people watch. By day it is a cafe and serves...
Le Troc Café: Le Troc Café
We were immediately attracted by this sidewalk café. It had just a few tables on the street with colorful napkins and an old olive tree in the front.
We had lunch here. My husband had a salade chèvre chaud (warm goat cheese) and I had a salade auvergnate with cantal and...
Café restaurant de la Sorgues: Good food and nice terrace
Café restaurant de la Sorgues stands along the promenade, on the other side of a canal.We had a “joue de porc confite” (pork cheek), with delicious home-made chips. A bottle of red Côte du Ventoux was perfectly fit with the dinner. The desert was a “general”, a lemon ice...
Restaurant “le Cours d’Eau”, front terrace: Nice and calm
“le Cours d’Eau” is a hotel, a restaurant and a bar. The menu of the restaurant was fine, with reasonable prices but we chose to try elsewhere. There had been two hours of heavy rain and we did not feel like dining on a terrace close to more water!
The Black Sheep Irish Pub: Open late...
There are two main reasons for my favourable review of The Black Sheep, Irish Pub. Firstly, it is located within 50 meters of my rented apartment and secondly, it is open late. Hence it is a great place for a drink on the way "home" after dinner in the town centre.
There is live music on offer on some nights of the week, but I can't comment too much on this as I was only there on nights when there was no music. The Black Sheep does serve food earlier in the night, but I haven't had the pleasure of trying that either.
The atmosphere is dim and dark but that's not to say that I viewed this negatively. I quite enjoyed my visits there and would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a nightcap when all the other bars and cafes are closed.
Dress Code: Very casual and laid back.
Updated Apr 11, 2013
Address: Rue Danton, 15, L'Isle sur la Sorgue
- Related to:
- Wine Tasting
- Beer Tasting
Bus or Train from Avignon or Marseilles
L'Isle sur la Sorgue is serviced by both trains and buses from Avignon and by trains from Marseilles should you fly into that particular airport.Whilst it is a short distance from Avignon to L'Isle, the trains are not all that frequent and the last train from Avignon departs...
In l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, parking space is limited. We were there on June 12th and could park almost easily but later, in full season, it must be difficult to find a parking space close to the city center. When there is the Antics fair, I can hardly imagine the situation !...
This dog followed us around for half the day, accompanying us to a cafe for breakfast (if you see him, keep in mind that he likes croissants) and later to the park in the middle of town.
Written Jul 14, 2004
Check your prices
As I said in my Intro, the prices of antiques in L'Isle sur la Sorgue can be rather high. This of course is the result of the town having a reputation for being the second highest supplier of antiques in all of France. You will see lots and lots of wonderful pieces for sale but if it is at all possible try to do a check before you spend too much money on your purchases. I don't know if you should try bargaining with the sellers but then again, why not? If you see something you really want, maybe it would be worth your while to make an offer which you deem fair and see what happens.
Please note that my photo is just that of an interesting shop front in the town and is in no way meant to indicate that the antiques in this particular shop are over priced.
Written Oct 18, 2012
- Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
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