The main canal joins with the Sorgue to make the town virtually an island so you can't get lost. Plenty of life along the streets and canalside for people watchers. Come back to your departure point through the rue Théophile Jean, where there are still waterwheels running although no longer in use. The restaurants, of course with the fine weather...more
All along the avenue de la Liberation are the permanent antique dealers. Colours and variety guranteed. No problem walking around, although we were asked not to touch too much, which I suppose is normal. There is much more to see on a Sunday when there is the weekly antique market.more
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 very securely locked and bolted. I would love to know what it looks like...more
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 nothing worse than having to pack your bags every morning and do the whole...more
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 source in Fontaine de Vaucluse. There are numerous little bridges in lanes...more
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 looking restaurant. I would hazard a guess and say that this would be the...more
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 all of the others.The altars are framed by exquisite golden archways which...more
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, "So what?" It is truly beautiful. This is baroque at it very best.The almost...more
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. Having said that, they can still be rotated manually if you feel the need to...more
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, fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh flowers, bread, preserves, olives, soaps...more
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 springs to mind is "shabby chic". I have always been a lover of shabby chic...more
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. They are a joy to watch and I found them curiously therapeutic, very peaceful...more
6, rue Rose Goudard, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 84800, France
Good for: Business
871 Route d'Apt RN 100, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence, 84800, France
Good for: Couples
205, Chemin des Nevons, 84800, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 84800, France
Good for: Families
French cuisine, very good food.They have only set menu as far as we understood, but if you do not eat something from the menu the are flexible to suggest something else. Nice interior. If the weatheк permits you can sit outside in a very nice walled garden.Try it! The restaurant is not on the central street, we asked for a recommendation from...more
The restaurant is situated a little way away from the main run of the towns eateries, though still on the river. This was where the old tax office used to be for the industries moving their goods in and out of town. This was abandoned in 1923. The same family has been running the place since the 1950's and it shows by the number of locals eating...more
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 breakfast and lunch, whilst by night it becomes a very popular bar. I ate here...more
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 jambon cru. Delicious! With two glasses of wine and a bottle of water our...more
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 cream sprinkled with pear spiritmore
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.
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 at about 7.15pm. In the middle of the day there are very few buses or...more
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 ! Better to come by bus!more
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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.
If you are looking for the Hotel la Font de l'Auro, make sure you type in the correct address, with Plan de Saumanes. Using my TomTom to find it, the GPS had it wrong!! In L'Isle sur la Sorgue there is also a "Camin de la Gafo", very similar but 3 kms from the right one!!! I had to re-telephone the hotel to get the correct way to get there, the GPS being no help at all.
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.
Favorite thing: There are two parkings quite close to the centre of town which are completely free. Around the river and the canals most parking is to pay. At the end of the avenue de la Liberation (where the road crosses the canal and bears left) take the Cours Anatole France and turn immediately left on the Chemin du Nevon. There is the parking on the left. Otherwise carry on cours Anatole France and a larger lot is further down on the right at the music school (Parc Gauthier). This is behind the Parc Municipal Gauthier where on certain evenings during the season you'll find a concert or two.