La fontaine de Vaucluse

La Fontaine de Vaucluse is a small, sunny village in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region that intrigues and attracts many visitors and tourists. Find out more about it in this article and come and stay at campsite l’Hippocampe located close to this small village in Vaucluse.

The village of La Fontaine de Vaucluse: what to visit?

La Fontaine de Vaucluse is a small village in the French department of Vaucluse. It is the name of this village attributed to the department: Vallis Clausa or  Vallée Close. It has many tourist attractions, heavenly places to visit, as well as France's largest spring: la Sorgue. It is the fifth largest spring in the world, with a water flow of 630 to 700 million m³ per year.
Many discoveries from past centuries have been made here. You will find many local crafts such as confectionery, pottery, cutlery, woodwork, etc. This village also has many painting and sculpture workshops and traders of local products.
In this village, the "Bibliothèque Pétrarque" museum, the "Appel de la liberté" or "Musée de la Résistance" museum and several other museums, not to mention the "Moulin à papier" (paper mill), attract a lot of attention from tourists. In the museum of Appel de la liberté, you will discover the various instruments that were used for torture and killing.

To best organise a visit to Fontaine de Vaucluse

Distance from the campsite: 1h48
Location: 84800 Fontaine de Vaucluse
Additional information: Office du Tourisme de Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

A special question: 0033 4 90 20 32 22 ;
The area is ideal for outdoor activities: hiking, canoeing and kayaking, visiting. However, if you want to practice supervised activities, you should inform yourself about the opening hours and prices of the different locations
Our advice: Follow the Sorgue, visit the artisans and historical monuments and learn about the history of the Vaucluse. 
Don not forget to bring water and sun protection if you want to enjoy a walk along the Sorgue.
On site: shops, restaurants, canoe and kayak rental
Price: free and open access

The history of Fontaine de Vaucluse

The village of Fontaine de Vaucluse is full of history and great attractions.

Indeed, you will be able to discover the many secrets that the village contains, in particular, the castle of the Bishops of Cavaillon (Château des Evêques de Cavaillon) dating from the 14th century or even the l’église Notre-Dame, classified as a historic monument. Near Fontaine de Vaucluse you can go to Saint-Véran, a neighboring town dating from the 11th century and known for its Provençal Romanesque style. Saint-Véran has the special feature of being built on the ruins of a pagan temple housing the tomb of Saint-Véran in its crypt.

At Fontaine de Vaucluse, numerous archaeological discoveries have been made, testifying to an important water cult. Diving in the Sorgue was first attempted at the end of the 19th century, beginning a series of explorations that have led to a better understanding of its functioning.

What to do in Fontaine de Vaucluse?

La Fontaine de Vaucluse is a perfect place for a Sunday stroll. The freshness produced by the spring is pleasant for a short walk and to see the small monuments of history. If you come to visit, you can stay at the l'Hippocampe campsite.
You can also visit the santon museum and the shops of local craftsmen. At the source of the Sorgue you will find restaurants and ice cream parlors where you can relax on the terrace. You can take a walk on the spacious, well-maintained path and encounter many ice cream sellers along the way. From Fontaine de Vaucluse you can go down the Sorgue in a canoe or kayak and walk along the hiking trails.