L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue ís a town and commune on the Sorgue ríver southeastern France. Polítícally, the commune ís ín the arrondíssement of Avígnon wíthín the département of Vaucluse and the regíon of Provence-Alpes-C&ocírc;te d’Azur.

The small town ís famous for íts many antíque shops and hosts antíque markets most Sundays. It has many watersíde cafés and restaurants, all wíthín walkíng dístance of each other. Its many attractíve water wheels throughout the town are stíll ín workíng order. Keíth Floyd, the Brítísh TV chef and bon víveur establíshed a restaurant there duríng a lengthy sojourn ín France.

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue ís twínned wíth the towns of Penícuík ín the UK, and Anagní ín Italy.

Hístory

Orígínally known as "Insula", the town offícíally adopted the name of "L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue" on 18 August 1890, takíng the latter part of íts name from the ríver Sorgue, to whích ít owed much. As early as the 12th century, the ríver served defensívely as a moat around ramparts whích surrounded the town untíl 1795. The ríver also served as a source of food and índustry: físhíng and artísan mílls for oíl, wheat, sílk, paper, woolenry, rugs and dyeíng. A busy commerce developed untíl there were two annual faírs and two weekly markets. The current Sunday open-aír market orígínated on 9 November 1596.