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Visit Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Post by Sharat | April 14, 2018 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Visit Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a village in Provence that is famous for being the source of the River Sorgue. It initially developed as a Roman settlement before turning into a traditional French village, but even before then, the area has had human inhabitants since prehistoric times. The population of the village today stands at roughly 600, however this dramatically increases during the summer. This attractive medieval village is set against a backdrop of the stunning Vaucluse cliffs which when combined with the emerald green river explains why so many tourists visit Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

Exploring Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Due to lack of space, you will have to park either on the South or East of the village on the main roads that lead into the centre. From there you can stroll into Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and start your tour at the main square known as the Place de la Colonne. There is a column at the centre of the square that was constructed in 1804 to celebrate the birth of the 14th century Italian poet Petrarch some 500 years earlier and who lived in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse for many years.

Head to the castle

You should cross the bridge and stop of at the village tourist office and ask for a map. From there you can follow a path that will take you to a castle built during the 13th century that overlooks the village. Even if you decide not to walk all the way to castle a short stroll along the path will lead you to some lovely gardens and a very attractive stretch of the river which is the perfect spot for a picnic.

The Source of the Sorgue river

The most obvious tourist attraction is the source of the River Sorgue. It is located just a few hundred metres away from the village and sits in a lovely setting complete with towering cliffs. The green colour of the water is remarkable and the stroll is truly beautiful and must not be missed if you do visit Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. On your way to the source you will find plenty of cafes and stalls selling everything from gifts to ice-cream. It is a bit too busy to begin with. but after a while, as you travel further along the riverside, it becomes more tranquil. The river itself originates form a pool that generates enormous amounts of water.

The paper mill

As you make your way to the source you will pass by a large water mill and make sure you also visit the paper mill which offers a demonstration of how paper was produced during the Middle Ages. Entry to the paper mill is free of cost and you will also have the opportunity to purchase sheets of handmade paper which will be great if you have upcoming nuptials and need to send out posh invites!

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse by Sergio, on Flickr

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