Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is an intriguing location in the south of France 25 kilometres to the east Avignon. It is built around the largest spring in France. The spring is the source of the Sorgue River and flows at the astonishing average rate of around 22 cubic metres of water per second. The source of the water is rainfall and snow melt from the nearby Mount Ventoux (of Tour de France fame). Many attempts have been made over the years to determine the depth of the spring including a dive by an unmanned submarine which went to a depth of just over 300 metres.
The spring itself is looks quite serene and cool and after a short section of rapids gives life to the beautiful river which is deep green and shaded by old trees.
The site of the village has been occupied for many centuries and coins have been found from the first century BC. Besides the spring itself there are other attractions that are worth visiting, these include the ruins of the castle of the Bishop of Cavaillon, and ancient paper mill and a number of small museums.