"Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and Vauclusian fonts" Fontaine-de-Vaucluse by JLBG

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 61 photos

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a village of 611 inhabitants, 7 km east to l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgues. It stands among the villages of Provence with the most visitors because of its very special spring that flows from the base of a 230 m high cliff. It has a flow of 630 million cubic meters per year, which, according to the Tourist Office makes it the most powerful in Europe and the fifth in the world.

The village was long named Vaucluse but as it is also the name of the “département”, that often brought confusion. This is why it took the name of its major feature and is now called “Fontaine-de –Vaucluse”

The name of Vaucluse comes from the name given by the Romans, “Vallis Clausa” (closed valley) as the spring is at the end of a narrow and deep valley, almost closed.

These natural sites has since very long ago fascinated writers and poets such as: Pétrarque, Boccace, Chateaubriand, Frédéric Mistral and René Char.

  • Last visit to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: Jun 2007
  • Intro Written Jun 22, 2007
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  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    This has taken me back to my two weeks in Isle sur la Sorgue last year.
    Thanks for the memories Jean-Louis.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    I love this area, great page!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    I loved the Vauclusian spring in Bosnia - so would like to get to see this one too. They do seem miraculous.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:53 PM

    It must be interesting to see how paper was made in former times. I wonder if the poets Petrarca and Mistral wrote their poems on locally-produced paper.

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    A very lovely place! It is probably good that the paper mills don't operate anymore as they can be quite smelly indeed! I'm looking for an area to stay in next summer, and this looks good.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2008 at 6:09 AM

    A river so clean that fish can't find any food in it - how amazing! And its colour is wonderful indeed - I've seen such colours of the water only in Norway so far. Great church and a picturesque castle too. Thanks for the lovely virtual tour!

  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2007 at 3:12 AM

    Thanks for visiting Johnston Atoll Jean-Louis, you have amazing pages with 4191 tips and 6840 photos. love this new page on Fontaine de Vaucluse very useful information, I think the Vallis clausa paper mill would be very interesting

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2007 at 11:17 PM

    This is indeed a very interesting location !! The springs and paper mill and the old church and all the explanations, marvellous, Jean-Louis :-)) May I add it to my off-path album please ?

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2007 at 11:57 PM

    Great page with very interesting tips and wonderful pics! I was surprised to know that François Pétrarque left his tracks in this place. Beautiful castle at the top of rock and picturesque spring and river. Thanks Jean-Louis for sharing!

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