Fontaine de Vaucluse

Fontaine de Vaucluse
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Fontaine de Vaucluse

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The Fontaine de Vaucluse is a village names after the spring which emerges from the ground in the village and which is in the source of the the Sorgue River. The fountain comes from an immense underground network of waters, and has an average flow of 630 million m3 per year, the biggest in France and one of the biggest worldwide. The village itself is enchanting an provencial. The waters which surge from the base of the cliff come from the rainwater and snow melt which infiltrate the ground as they run off Mont Ventoux, the Monts de Vaucluse and Lure Mountain - accounting for a catchment area of 1100 km.

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Lovely afternoon, gorgeous river and village

Fontaine de Vaucluse is a village in Provence, France from where the River Sorgue springs up from underground - ie the fountain of the Vaucluse Valley. There are many activities in and around provence but this review is only for the actual fountain or spring which you walk to from the centre of the village - a walk of around 400m.
The power of nature is evident here and our boys enjoyed seeing the water and understanding where it came from. There is very little information in English but I bought a 7euro book which explains the history and which then allowed us to have a geography and history lesson all at one time!
You park in the village - paid parking but only 4 euro for as long as you like and then walk along the river and through the village until you reach the source. We took our boys scooters which were great for the walk but the end section of about 150m is not sealed and is bumpy and uphill so scooters and prams have to be left at the base.
the village is another lovely historical provencial village - stone houses, picturesque trees and the sparkling azure blue water of the the river just makes it magical. One of the most beautiful villages in Provence.
There is a small but delightful historically themed carousel for kids to ride on on the walk and great icecream shops to cool you down if it is hot.
You could spend a few hours here enjoying the scenery and village or do it quickly in only 1-2 hours if you are in a hurry.
Well recommended and a free activity (except the parking) although pretty boring for kids under about 3.

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I visited
April, 2014
I visited with kids aged:
  • 3-5 years
  • 6-9 years
I would recommend for kids aged:
  • 0-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-9
  • 10-14
  • 15+
I'm from
Australia and New Zealand

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  • Pram friendly
  • Room to move and play
What I didn't like
Water Hazards

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Free entry for all the family
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