In the twelfth century, l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue was a fisher village built on stilts, an island in the marshes; the marshes were drained centuries later by digging canals; the river Sorgue around and through the city was full of fish and assured residents their livelihood. The Typical boats of the area are flat-bottomed boats called in Provençal "nego-chin" (provençal words meaning dog-drowning ): these boats are designed to be very discreet on the water and are particularly unstable, especially as it is used standing, and more than a dog got a forced bath sometimes fatal ....
From the seventeenth centurie were developed on the banks of the River Mill drapery and later silk and canvas factories, whose still turning paddle wheels are the only testimonies ; there were at that time up to 70 reels.
In the 60s, l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue knows a strong development ; This is actually in 1966 that two friends launched the first antique fair ; the municipality supports then the project, the media get involved and the first villages of antique dealers are emerging and will implement sustainable. Then, the international fair of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue takes off and antique shops multiply : there are now a dozen villages of antique dealers, some 300 shops and l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is with paris and London in the high place of connoisseurs.
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a charming town where you can stroll ; the heart of the city is surrounded by the Sorgue river which also winds through the medieval houses and mansions, which justifies its name of Venice Comtadine.
In the center, the liberté square is dominated by the Notre-Dame-des-Anges a Provence baroque style church and plane trees encourages lounging in the cafe terraces.
Around the old town, the antique villages are picturesque and pleasant. Some include up to 80 stores; they are mainly located south of the city, near the train station, on 4 otages avenue and on liberation avenue ; the shops are open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and 2 international fairs which bring together more than 1,000 exhibitors are organized every year at Easter and August 15
It is always friendly and amazing to tour the villages of antique dealers, where every shop has its specialty and where you can discover the most eccentric and amazing objects.
Do not miss a market day, on Thursday morning and especially on Sunday morning, one of the best of Provence.
Also visit the villa Datris Avenue des 4 otages, exposing every year works by contemporary sculptors; the garden by the river is lovely, mixing beautiful vegetation and sculptures. Admission is free.