There is a little town in Provence that is famous for its antique shops and weekly flea market. No ordinary flea market venue this, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has oodles of charm, an ancient history, gorgeous good looks and for bric-a-brac lovers, it’s a little bit of paradise.
But there’s more to it than antiques…
It’s an easy going, tranquil, even sleepy sort of a place most of the time except on Sunday when the flea market stalls line the streets and the crowds flock to ogle the goods or haggle for a bargain.
Long ago Isle-sur-la-Sorgue was a hive of production, known for its silk, wool and paper production. These industries were enabled due to the Sorgue river which runs through the town from its origins at the nearby Fontaine de la Vaucluse.
To this day you can admire the 14 waterwheels which remain, and which once helped to produce the goods. Now covered in moss, they are charismatic magnets for tourists looking for the ultimate selfie spot.
It’s an easy town to wander and makes for a great base for visiting the local area, it’s close to Avignon, the capital of the department. There are loads of fabulous cafés and restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques in the most picturesque of surroundings. Sitting outside the Café de France, opposite a beautiful ancient church, watching the world go by and sipping something chilled in the sun is one of life’s true pleasures.
Antiques at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Well worth going to for its pretty and lazy charm, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue also attracts an international audience thanks to its antique fame. It’s the third largest antique centre in Europe, and the most enchanting.
There are over 300 permanent antique dealers in the town with shops ranging from tiny to warehouse size. Specialists abound and whether you’re after aircraft memorabilia or a Louis XIV armoire – you’re likely to find it here, and then some. Art deco, furniture, Renaissance art, high-end objets d’art, linens and just about every antique you could ever dream of with a mainly French theme can be found here. Most of the goods are not cheap but on Sundays when the street flea market takes place, you’re bound to find something a bit more affordable and the perfect souvenir of your time in Provence.
Antique Markets and Fairs
The Sunday flea market spills from one road to another from 08h – 18h
On the last Sunday each month, there is additionally a second-hand book market
Two major international antique fairs take place each year: Easter and mid-Summer (August) Details of dates on Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Tourist Office website.
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