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Visit Fontaine de Vaucluse in Provence

Visit Fontaine de Vaucluse which gave its name to the department of the Vaucluse

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Take advantage of your stay at Château La Roque to visit Fontaine de Vaucluse and its source. Known around the world for its natural spring, number one in Europe for its volume and fifth world wide, Fontaine de Vaucluse has inspired many poets, such as Petrarch, Chateaubriand, René Char.

Chateau La Roque, ideally located to discover Fontaine de Vaucluse

Less than 8 km from Château La Roque, discover Fontaine de Vaucluse, a strange and poetic place at the bottom of a green valley. You can go hiking through the woods and landscapes of Provence, by bike or simply by car in 15 minutes.

Fontaine de Vaucluse: puzzling and poetic

At the foot of a 250-meter high cliff that closes off the valley, water surges up into an immense basin and gives birth to the Sorgue river. Many caving expeditions have been organized to reach the bottom and fathom the origin oft he water. Commandant Cousteau himself explored it. A depth of 315 meters was reached but Fontaine is still keeping secret part of its mystery.
Go explore the river and the verdant landscapes, by foot, on bike or in a canoe.Let yourself daydream, like Petrarch.

What to visit at Fontaine de Vaucluse?

  • The chasm of the source, Fontaine de Vaucluse,
  • The library museum devoted to Petrarch and Laura of Noves,
  • The 11th century Notre-Dame et Saint-Véran church,
  • The Vallis-Clausapaper mill, a 15th century paper mill that has preserved its wooden pulp beaters driven by a waterwheel.

Where to dine at Fontaine de Vaucluse?

Restaurant Philip– Situated near the spring with tables on the terrace above the river, you will be lulled by the murmur of the water and the cascades. A family-style restaurant where fresh, seasonal and local produce is prepared (trout, strawberries, asparagus,…). Very pleasant in summer. But don't forget a light jacket for the evening when it gets quite cool by the Sorgue. Restaurant Philip -Chemin de la Fontaine, 84800 Fontaine-de-Vaucluse – Tél : 33 (0)4 90 20 31 81

What to do at Fontaine de Vaucluse?

Canoe or kayak down the Sorgue: discover the joys of canoeing and kayaking, appreciate the coolness of the water when the summer sun is burning down, take the time to admire the bucolic landscape and try not to frighten away the trout! Kayak Vert Aqueduc - tel:33 (0)4 90 20 35 44 -http://www.canoe-france.com/sorgue/

Speleology: A virtual tour of the chasm thanks to the spelunking society of Fontaine de Vaucluse -http://www.ssfv.fr/panorama/splashscreen.html

Treetop adventure: an adventure in the trees for the whole family, young and old alike. Some effort, lots of laughter and a breath of fresh air...maybe some sore muscles the next day... memorable for everyone and the youngsters will want just one thing: to do it over agin. Passerelle des Cimes - Tel: 33 (0)4 90 38 56 87 – +33 (0)490202065 - http://www.parcours-aerien.com-

Fountain of Vaucluse a stone's throw from the castle