The Outdoor Markets of Provence
No vacation to Provence would be
complete without at least a morning or
two spent savoring the sights, sounds,
smells and especially the flavors of its
They are no doubt great for souvenir
shopping - fabrics, soaps, table clothes,
pottery will all be found in abundance.
But above all, its the food which makes
the Provençal markets so special. Fresh
local produce - fruits, vegetables, wines,
cheeses, pastries, breads - it's endless
and all too tempting. So indulge. Take
along one of our baskets and provision a
veritable picnic feast !
Here is a list of markets (one per day) to
assist as you plan your vacation. It's not
meant to be exhaustive - just some of our
favorites offering a good variety and a
chance to explore different areas of the
Luberon and Provence while you are at it:
SATURDAY - the town of Apt (10 minute
drive) is without doubt the place to be
Saturday morning in the Luberon.
Founded by the Romans, this pretty,
quiet town comes to life with the market.
You'll find anything and everything .
SUNDAY - Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (20
minute drive) is our choice. Similar in
size and breadth to Apt, with the added
attraction of the largest concentration of
antique dealers anywhere in Provence.
MONDAY - we recommend heading
slightly off the beaten track to
Forqualquier (45 minute drive) which
has a nice mid-sized market and a town
well worth exploring. Add a visit to the
abbeys of Carluc, Salagon and
Ganagobie and the lovely village of Lurs
and you have the makings of a great day
TUESDAY - no need to go any further
than St. Saturnin-Lès-Apt (2 minute
drive/20 minute walk) where you'll
experience a small village market - lots of
local color and no hassles parking !
WEDNESDAY - the drive north of us to
Sault (30 minutes) is amazing. The
market is equally great. And when the
lavender is blooming in the summertime,
your picnic in the fields will be long
THURSDAY - the drive south, up and
over the Luberon, to Aix-en-Provence
(1 hour drive) is not too shabby either.
After exploring the large and varied
market, you'll want to spend a lazy
afternoon strolling from square to square
in this very beautiful university town. For
reference, the market also takes place
on Tuesday and Saturday.
FRIDAY - just on the south side of the
Luberon is Lourmarin (30 minute drive)
- our choice for a very pleasant mid-size
market. Combined with visits to the
villages of Ansouis and Cucuron, you'll
get a nice feel for the "other side of the
Saturday morning in Apt - the place to be.
Strawberries to die for.
Place Richelme - Aix-en-Provence.