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Isle sur la Sorgue is known as an ‘island city’, with branches of the river Sorgue surrounding parts of it. Several picturesque canals also run through the medieval streets in the centre of the city. Many beautiful old buildings line the streets of the town centre, including attractive mansion houses of the 17th and 18th centuries. The town is also known for its antiques shops and nearby 300 of them are based here. Various great antiques fairs are also held during the year. A popular local produce market is held on Thursdays and Sundays, where you can enjoy meeting the locals and absorbing the traditional French way of life. The stunning countryside nearby is a great area for walking, with plenty of beautiful scenery to explore.
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Provencal cooking is a real treat to the taste buds, the sun makes the vegetables grow wonderfully and the olive oil is the key ingredient for most dishes. Everywhere in Provence you will find a lot of seafood dishes, Marseille is particularly popular as the seafood capital. Of course when in Provence dont forget to try those extraordinary cheeses and divine ham.
Nights in Provence are fairly quiet with a good selection of bars and restaurants. Before heading off to dinner, learn how to play the traditional petanque, the Provencale ball game.
What will you find at the markets: the best local, seasonal fruit and vegetables; meat, fish, bread, olives, tapenade, honey and conserves, herbs and spices, cheese, goat cheese, flowers, oils and wines, ready-to-eat rotisserie chickens, Provencal fabrics and housewares; clothes, the perfect straw hat or straw basket to take to the markets, and much else besides.
You cannot leave Provence without visiting one of the wyneries; Château Vignelaure, Château La Coste, Château Léoube, Mas de Cadenet, Clos Mireille-Domaines Ott, Château de Chausse... There is sonething for every taste!
Apart from gazing at lavender fields, you can also visit lavender farms and distilleries, attend lavender festivals at Sault and Valreas, and buy lavender products like oil, essences, perfumes, soap, etc. In Coustellet there is even a Lavender Museum exploring the history of the cultivation of lavender in Provence.
Les Gorges de Regalon : just beside Merindol, take a wonderful walk through a narrow canyon; the scenery, terrain, and views all make this hike extremely interesting - actually spectacular.
The Alpilles mountains: at the heart of a region with a unique diversity of landscapes, this unique area was classified as a Parc Naturel Régional
Les Baux is a spectacular rock plateau 250m up in the sky with views south over the Alpilles, and to Arles and the Camargue.
A tour around the Mont Ventoux gives you a different perspective of Provence, from the lavender country round Sault to the west, to the wine country and Roman treasures of Vaison la Romaine in the East, and the beautiful and little-known villages scattered in between.
Greaty number of activities and beautiful spots; you can canoe on the River Agens,or take a trip through the Verdon on an electric boat, cycle on the country roads of Provence or take a horserback ride through the hills...
There are many permanent antique shops, art galleries and interior décor shops here. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a pleasant walking town. There are a few modern eyesores clumped together, but the bars and cafes retain their authenticity, little footbridges take you over the water, and narrow, winding streets tunnel into the old centre of town, and the courtyards lined with antiquaires.
With a collection of copper stills from the 16th century to today, video presentations and a visitor shop, the lavender museum tells you everything you probably wanted to know about lavender.
Right in the middle of the old town is Notre-Dame-des-Anges, it's a good venue for classical concerts on summer evenings, which you can combine with an al fresco dinner in the square.
Every village in Provence was built around a castle or some form of defensive structure, and many of them remain, in differing states, from a few walls to entirely preserved buildings. Some are privately owned and not open to the public, but some can be visited.
Provence is a great destination for a walking vacation. There are trails for people of all abilities, including many hikes which are very suitable for families with younger children.
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