A Journey to the Heart of the Most Beautiful Markets of Provence

Occupying village squares, the markets of Provence are one of the symbols of the region. Between stalls of seasonal fruit and vegetables, traditional fabrics and local produce, these exuberant events are enjoyed throughout the year in a medley of color and scent.
By Mélissa Darré

The Aix-en-Provence Flower Market

With the sun’s first mild rays, the square in front of the Hotel de Ville is dressed with a bright and fragrant mantle each week. Roses, peonies, sunflowers, pansies, hydrangeas come together in front of the Clock Tower for the flower market’s intoxicating ballet, to the joy of all. A scene to be enjoyed from the front row, among the stands from which a thousand exhilarating scents escape; or from as far as the terrace of a cafe from where you will hear the pleasant hubbub.

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings
www.aixenprovencetourism.com

The Traditional Market in Vaison-la-Romaine

The fruit of an ancestral tradition dating back to 1483, the Vaison-la-Romaine market is certainly among the oldest in Provence. Winding through the streets and squares of the city, it puts the spotlight on winemaking, one of the jewels of its heritage. Excellent wines, accompanied by olives, grapes and truffles – produce that makes the region’s reputation – are displayed across 450 market stalls during summer, making for a genuine encounter with the flavors of the South.

Tuesday mornings
www.vaison-la-romaine.com

The La Ciotat Night Market

A favorite stop for strollers at dusk, the La Ciotat night market proves to what degree wandering among market stalls can be enjoyed at any moment of the day. Preferring nightfall to daybreak, visitors revel in discovering so many treasures by local craftsman. Here, spontaneous aperitifs take place in the purest tradition of the south, with in the background, an exceptional panorama over the village’s picturesque fishing port.

Every evening in the summer
www.laciotat.info

The Exceptional Market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Stealing the show every week from the village’s famous antique shops, this village market must not be missed. Renowned both for the diversity of its produce and for its lively atmosphere, it brings together nearly 230 exhibitors in the heart of the city. From dried lavender bouquets to handicrafts - not forgetting fresh produce from local farmers - everyone is sure to find what they’re looking for among this market’s stalls, so redolent of the Mediterranean way of life.

Sunday mornings
www.oti-delasorgue.fr

A Journey to the Heart of the Most Beautiful Markets of Provence
A Journey to the Heart of the Most Beautiful Markets of Provence

Between stalls of seasonal fruit and vegetables, traditional fabrics and local produce, these exuberant events are enjoyed throughout the year in a medley of color and scent

© Fotolia - Ella M. Klomann
A scene to be enjoyed
A scene to be enjoyed
Occupying village squares, the markets of Provence are one of the symbols of the region
Photography: José Nicolas
The Mediterranean way of life
The Mediterranean way of life
From dried lavender bouquets to handicrafts - not forgetting fresh produce from local farmers - everyone is sure to find what they’re looking for among this market’s stalls
© Fotolia - Stephan Morrosch

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