The floating market of l'Isle sur la Sorgue takes place each year on the first Sunday of August, at the same time as the famous Sunday morning market. It opens around 9am on the branch of the Sorgue across from the public garden and finishes around 12:30pm.
The "nego chins", boats typical to l'Isle sur la Sorgue, slip across the water from one bank to the other to answer the public's call and offer you a dance of colours and scents (local production including fruits and vegetables, bouquets of flowers, cheese, wine, bread...). You can fill your shopping baskets while enjoying the traditional Provençal costumes, music and the vibrant and sung commentary.... But for all that, it's best to arrive early because access can be difficult!
As the floating market draws to a close, the nego chins gather in a line and, along with the sellers in the traditional market, the boatmen sing the famous "Coupo Santo" that celebrates Provence.
The floating market of l'Isle sur la Sorgue
Merchant of fruits and vegetables
Apéritif of the nego chins
Merchant of melons
The partage des eaux
Specialties of Provence
Tourists at the floating market
Traditional market in Provence
Provençale tradition market
Flower selling on boat
Office de Tourisme - Place de la Liberté - 84800 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
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