Distance from Uzès: 65Kms
Market day: Thursday & Sunday
Situated seemingly in the middle of the river Sorgue which has its source in Fontaine de Vaucluse, L’Isle sur la Sorgue has been a favourite of mine to visit for several years not least for its wonderful Sunday market. It combines the best of a normal Provençal market and a huge brocante and antique market and there are many antique emporiums as well. It is easy to see why it is the second largest antique destination outside of Paris and many local French people shop there for particular items.
Being a comfortable distance from Uzès and a popular destination, parking can be quite difficult close to lunch time on Sundays, despite the fact there are a number of free or pay parking options so you need to be there quite early on a Sunday as the majority of the market closes by midday.
The market follows the circular route of the river which still has several magnificent old working water wheels from the days of silk,wool and paper mills which meant and was a very important industrial centre until it fell on hard times. Today it is primarily a tourist town and has many cafés and restaurants both on the water or in the narrow streets in the historic centre and an extensive variety of good shops.
There are quite a number of canals which run through and alongside many buildings and add to the attractiveness of the historic town centre. The outskirts are quite ordinary however, as there are many new-build houses and apartments.
It is worth combining a visit with a leisurely lunch by the water and a visit to nearby Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes or to Avignon on the way back to Uzès.