le journal

Fontaine de Vaucluse: Provence Magic

Fontaine de Vaucluse: Provence Magic

Fontaine de Vaucluse is a captivating village burrowed between cliffs on both sides. It is a unique and stunning destination in Provence, one that leaves one filled with great wonder.

The village was built on the Sorgue River, which possesses a mesmerizing emerald color. The quality and color of this famous river come from the famous source in Fontaine de Vaucluse - one of the largest springs in the world and its origin point is found deep in the cliffs here. It is a breathtaking sight.

The village is special in Provence because it is nearly always lush and green, being on the banks of the Sorgue...even in months where the rest of the land is burnt earth from the barren months of summer when there is no rain.

The village has a rich history dating back to prehistoric times. It was once a thriving Roman town and later became a renowned medieval pilgrimage site. Exploring the ancient ruins and historical landmarks will transports one back in time.

The source itself is a fascinating natural wonder that has captivated people through time. One of the most intriguing aspects of this source is the fluctuation of the water levels.

The water levels of the source in Fontaine de Vaucluse are influenced by various factors, including rainfall, snowmelt, and the geological characteristics of the area. The source is fed by an underground river system that collects water from the surrounding mountains and underground aquifers. During periods of heavy rainfall or snowmelt, the water levels rise significantly, resulting in a powerful and majestic display of water gushing out of the source. The best months of witness this is in the early spring months when the snowmelt and rainfall is significant.

During the fall months, the Sorgue river still has a constant and powerful flow, but the source itself is at its lowest levels.

The ancient chateau, imperial and soaring above the village and river below, was constructed circa 1030. The climb up is worth the scramble, as long as one is not shaken by heights. The precipice is breathtaking.

The village and the natural wonders that exist in Fontaine de Vaucluse are not to miss on a trip to Provence.
Photography and writing by Emilie Johnson. She lives in Provence and can be found on instagram at @emilie_joly_johnson