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Restricted access to the Gouffre de Fontaine de Vaucluse

Due to a severe risk of falling rocks and boulders, access to the spring and to the foot of the cliff is now restricted for an indefinite period.

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Over 800,000 visitors come each year to admire the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse resurgence, which is accessible by a footpath along the Sorgue.
 
The site, which should soon be included among the “Grands Sites de France”, alongside Mont Saint Michel and Aven d’Orgnac, has long been one of the great attractions of Vaucluse. In fact, the department owes its name to this closed valley, “Vallis Clausa” in Latin, which so aptly describes its specific geological features.

In 1338, Petrarch was so captivated by its charm that he took up residence there for 15 years, to read and study in the tranquillity of the setting. Since then, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse has fascinated visitors with its mysterious resurgence and the verticality of its narrow cliffs.

Accès au gouffre de Fontaine de Vaucluse restreint

Accès au gouffre de Fontaine de Vaucluse restreint

Necessary measures for a fragile site

Since the 2000s, a number of measures have been taken to secure the site. A study carried out in November 2023 showed numerous instabilities on the large cliff overlooking the spring, causing a heightened risk of falling rocks or boulders between the rocky outcrop and the public reception area at the spring.

In light of this worrying situation, the department of Vaucluse and the village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse have decided to immediately reduce the area accessible to the public in order to guarantee everyone’s safety.  

Henceforth, the observation point is about 50 metres before the chasm. The access path remains the same.
 
To this end, a barrier as well as a sign have been put in place along the route, just before the rocky outcrop. It will still be possible to walk up to this new barrier so that you can take advantage of the Sorgue resurgence and its exceptional setting.

Informations pratiques

Cars must be parked upstream of the village – from €4 depending on the season

Coaches – free parking 2 kilometres away (few bus spaces Route de Cavaillon)
Passengers can be dropped off in front of the church

Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Tourist Office 
T. +33 (0)4 90 38 04 78  
accueil@islesurlasorguetourisme.com  

©Alain Hocquel, Département du Vaucluse 84