Where the Sorgue splits, 20 km from Avignon, the village of Le Thor was once an important site for the production of dyer's madder, a plant cultivated for its bright red dye.
Its proximity to the Cité des Papes, the Parc du Luberon and the Alpilles Mountain Range, make Le Thor an ideal base for visitors keen to explore the entire region. With plenty of space for the youngsters to play, the many parks and gardens along the banks of the Sorgue are great places for a family picnic. And there are also opportunities to go canoeing and kayaking on the river in July and August, or perhaps do a spot of fishing.
Discovered in 1902 during quarry operations, the Caves of Thouzon remained intact thanks to the development work carried out by the owners. This magical place thrills visitors with its surprising yellow and gold stalactites that are the main attractions inside the caves. Walk along the fossil bed of an ancient underground river on an amazing and educational tour of the only natural cave in Provence that has been set up for tourism.
A surprising heritage
Le Thor town centre is replete with heritage, including such sites as the belfry, the classified Church of Notre-Dame-du-Lac and the narrow alleyways alongside the Sorgue. In the countryside, the Château of Thouzon dominates the Sorgues plain, affording a panoramic view over the Mont Ventoux and the Luberon.
From mid-June to mid-July, the town of Le Thor is surrounded by blooming lavender fields – a fascinating landscape!
Le Thor: an eclectic scene! There's the Sonograf', with blues, jazz and world music, and the Jean-Moulin Auditorium, the department's theatre, music and dance venue.