The Sorgue, a Wild River

The majestic River Sorgue runs through some beautiful Provençal villages: Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, L'Isle sur la Sorgue, Le Thor and Châteauneuf de Gadagne.

The Sorgue is a cornerstone in the life and history of this land, which owes its richness and originality to the river.

When it floods, the river's discharge is quite extraordinary. The water gushing out of the ground at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse comes from rainwater infiltration from the Albion Plateau and the Montagne de Lure and snowmelt from the south of Mont Ventoux.

A few kilometres farther on, at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the river forks, forming two 'arms' and embracing the Isle that takes its name.

It winds between the narrow alleyways, and toys with the wheels... Can you hear the water lapping? This sound is the reason why the ancient fishing village has become known as the 'Venice of the Comtat'.

The arms join again at the Pont des Cinq Eaux ('Five Waters Bridge') and the almost reconstituted Sorgue continues on its way to Le Thor, where it meanders past the splendid Roman Church of Notre-Dame-du-Lac.

Chouffre at Fontaine de Vaucluse

Waterfall at Fontaine de Vaucluse

Water Sharing at L

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