Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a French commune located in the department of Vaucluse, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

It is known because of the impressive fountain (or spring) situated at the feet of a steep limestone cliff 230 meters high which is the biggest spring in France as well as the fifth largest in the world with an annual flow of 630 million cubic meters.

In winter and summer the spring is beautiful and quiet with its emerald green calm waters while in spring and fall it turns into an impetuous torrent. We visited Fontaine-de-Vaucluse in August so it was not active but nevertheless magical. It is a gorgeous place to visit and to have lunch on a deck facing the amazing picturesque scenery.

However not only this place is known for its natural wonders; you can also witness a working paper mill (Moulin à Papier Vallis Clausa) with the wheel turning with water from the Sorgue River. There is also a small museum where you can see how paper is being produced from start to finish. And as this was not enough, there is even a History museum on years 1939-1945. Definitely a must visit place while in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur!