The town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a fantastically compact medieval town, built on the islands across the River Sorgue. Water is everywhere throughout the town, with channels flowing through, round and past the town, adding a fantastically natural feel. Located in the Vaucluse region of the Cote d’Azur, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is fantastically positioned for taking advantage of all that is best of Provence. The town is stunningly beautiful, and even if you can only take an Isle-sur-la-Sorgue villa for a few days, the town really shouldn’t be missed on any tour of the region.
The many water mills, green parks and ancient churches add a real beauty to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, and with a great concentration of shopping streets, antique shops and some of the most charming cafes you can find, simply wandering the streets, taking a gondola ride or having a coffee overlooking the river can provide hours of relaxed entertainment. The Parc Gautier in the centre of town is wonderfully sheltered, and during the summer months, it proves an excellent place to picnic and sunbath or simply take a short refreshment break from your tour of the medieval treasures that the town is known for. Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a fantastic market town too, and if you are hoping to sample the finest of local produce, Thursday and Sunday mornings are the best times to try. Although there are many excellent antique shops in the town, the Sunday antique market is the best time to find a real bargain.
The finest sites to explore from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue accommodation include the intricately decorated Church Notre Dame des Anges, the famous gallery in the Maison Rene Char and the Hotel Donadei de Campredon. Although there are many ancient water mills and wheels whirring in the town, the Old Granary, which now houses the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue tourist information offices, is the most impressive to explore.
There are a huge range of activities to enjoy from an Isle-sur-la-Sorgue property too. Kayaking along the River Sorgue or fishing along its shaded banks could not be any more relaxing, and there are a great range of hiking and horse riding trails to follow throughout the lush agricultural land that surrounds the town. There is even an 18 hole golf course on the outskirts of the town, passing through beautiful, green landscapes and shaded by tall trees.
The small village of Lagnes oozes Provencial charm from its position just south of the Vaucluse Hills. The village is blissfully sleepy, and a fantastic place from which to go walking, especially along the national route (GR6-97) which runs into the hills.
July and August stand out as the hottest months in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with monthly temperatures reaching over 30˚C, and daily peaks routinely soaring into the mid-30’s. the months either side, from May until June and again from September until October are excellent times to visit Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, especially for antique hunting and sightseeing, as temperatures are still warm, but the sting has been taken out of the heat of the day.
A holiday rental villa in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is just 45 minutes drive from Marseille International Airport (MRS), which receives a vast number of daily flights from the UK throughout the year. Many different airlines provide services to Marseille, so finding a cheap and convenient flight should not pose any problems. There is also a good choice of car hire companies to choose from.