L'Isle sur la Sorgue

Bustling antiques fairs, a superb Sunday street market, traditional waterwheels and an idyllic riverside setting all add up to a beguiling package that makes L'Isle sur la Sorgue, a river island just a little east of Avignon, a major tourist magnet in Provence.

Below, we survey the town's colourful array of markets, artists' workshops and galleries, from the weekly farmers' and bric à brac markets to the astonishing, once-yearly floating market in August - not forgetting, of course, the town's enormous, twice-yearly antiques and art fair, the third largest in Europe.

It's hardly surprising that, for many tourists, shopping is what L'Isle sur la Sorgue is really all about. But there's plenty more to this charming, richly historic town and our full visitors' guide explores its other attractions, from river-based activities and events to one of the finest baroque churches in France.

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canal isle sur la sorgueL'Isle sur la Sorgue is just what the name says: an island in the middle of the River Sorgue. And there are many excellent reasons why this is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Provence.

antiques market smallWhether you're looking for antiques, art and crafts, silverware, table linen, second-hand books or farm-fresh market produce, you're bound to find it in L'Isle sur la Sorgue.

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