The Provence town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is well known to antique and brocante hunters throughout Europe. It’s a huge affair, now in its 94th year and it takes over a town which is already famous for its antique shops. Like Hay-on-Wye and its bookshops in the U.K. this place is dedicated to the decorative past.
The annual Spring Fair always takes place over Easter; this year it’s from March 29th to April 1st. The fair has grown since 1920 when it first started and this year it’s bigger than ever. Over 200 stands fill the streets and various specialties are grouped together. So you’ll find booksellers along the banks of the Sorgue river, a section on 20th-century design in one part of town and a special gallery in Parc Gautier for contemporary art with artists as well.
It’s very well organized, with certified experts on hand to check authenticity. They can’t guide you on price, but they can advise on dates, how to repair, etc.
Just 24 kilometers from Avignon and 70 kilometers from Aix-en-Provence, it’s easy to get to and is a pretty place to visit.
If you want to make a date in your diary for the summer fair, it’s August 15-18
Open Friday March 29th 7am-7pm
Saturday, Sunday March 30, 31st 9am-7pm
Monday April 1st 9am-6pm
Place de la Liberte
Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 90 38 04 78
Tourist Office website