Pezenas market is the best weekly French market to visit in the Languedoc region of Southern France. Pezenas market is held every Saturday and takes over the whole Pezenas town centre and offers a great range of regional Languedoc food, clothing, flowers, and general nic-nacs.
Although not a good day generally for markets in Languedoc, the market at Valras Plage is worth a trip out. The fish stalls are excellent and you will also find plenty of fruit, veg, cheese, cloths, furniture etc. Valras plage is also one of our favourite beaches in the Languedoc.
The best Christmas markets in France are to be found in the East (Strasbourg), North (Rouen, Amiens, Reims and Lille) and in the South (Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Nice and Menton). Here we focus on the best Christmas markets in the South of France.
The Nice Christmas market ("Le Village de Noel") is located in the central Jardin Albert 1er and incorporates an ice rink, a Ferris wheel and a lot of Christmas related food and drink. The market is themed around an alpine village and you will see the stalls located in 60 French mountain chalets and an alpine forest constructed from over 600 pine trees.
Menton, France, holds a wonderful Christmas market and festival each year in the central Bioves Gardens. The Christmas market takes place from 1 December 2017 to 6 January 2018. The Menton Christmas festival is open from 10.00am through to 19.00pm each day.
Beziers flower market in the allees Paul Riquet is held every Friday morning. The flower market is a real must and it is the best time to see Beziers. Stop in one of the cafes that line allees Paul Riquet and watch the market in full swing.
The city of Avignon is a joy to visit at any time of the year, but in the run up to Christmas it looks especially beautiful with the Christmas decorations lighting up the city. Avignon puts on an annual Christmas market in a distinctly Provencal style.
The French Farmer's Market in Pezenas, South of France, is held every Saturday. It is one of the best markets for Organic food (Bio produce) in Languedoc. The Pezenas french Farmers Market features a range of local farmers and artisan producers. The "Marche Bio" is held in the Place Gambetta, Pezenas.
Although hard to get to (from anywhere) Roquebrun is a real delight. Perched on the edge of the River Orb, this is a very picturesque setting within the Languedoc Regional Park. The Roquebrun market is held on a Tuesday (and also a Friday). The other reason to come to Roquebrun is that the local wine is excellent.
The Languedoc region has some excellent festivals that perfectly sum up the relaxed way of life in the South of France. If you are visiting the Languedoc, then follow our guide to find the best Languedoc festivals month by month. From the obscure festivals dedicated to figs and apricots, to the large Languedoc festivals which attract thousands and thousands of visitors. From sporting events, through to music festivals and big street parties; we try and capture all the best Languedoc festivals to visit all year around.
Whether you're visiting the Languedoc on holiday or you're a regular visitor, then experiencing the local markets is a real treat. Buzzing with life, full of colour, aromas and sounds; the markets of Languedoc is where you will find some of the best local produce in the South of France.
When everything else in Languedoc is shut on a Sunday, visiting Narbonne market provides you with a burst of life. Spread around the centre of Narbonne on either side of the canal, Narbonne market mainly sells clothing, leather goods, shoes, etc. But there is a wonderful indoor food market that is one of the bestin Languedoc. The food here is excellent, especially the cheese and pate.
Saint-Chinian market on a Thursday is mainly food, but also has clothes, fabric, books, plants, as well as lots of local producers. The market takes place in the main square of Saint-Chinian. Make sure you call in and leave with a car full of great Saint-Chinian wine, some of the best to be found in Languedoc.
In the run up to Christmas, Valbonne holds a large Christmas market in the Place des Arcades. This beautiful square is transformed into an Alpine scene complete with over one hundred stalls run by local producers, artists and artisans.
Valbonne is a popular location for markets in Cote d'Azur. Valbonne is an old fortified hill-town located in the hills above Nice and Cannes (both of which are 20-25 mins drive). Valbonne holds a weekly market every Tuesday and Friday at the Place des Arcades, the beautiful central square. In addition, Valbonne also holds a number of specialist markets throughout the year.
Christmas is a lovely time for visiting Aix-en-Provence - well actually it is lovely to visit Aix any time of year - but especially at Christmas because the Christmas market brings a real distinct atmosphere to the city. The 2017 Aix-en-Provence Christmas market takes place from 22 November 2017 to 31 December 2017.