Visiting an open air market in Provence is one of life's little pleasures. Market day has been a way of life for Provençals as well as most Europeans for generations. The market serves not only as an opportunity to shop, but also has a social function bringing the community together each week. For the traveler, it allows you a glimpse into everyday life in Provence and allows you to interact with locals.

Walking - Cycling - Markets

Local Markets:

Sunday- Avignon (flea market), Isle sur la Sorgue (antiques), Mausanne

Monday- Bédoin, Cadenet, Cavaillon, Nîmes (antiques), Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Tuesday- Aix-en-Provence (antiques), Gordes (arts and crafts), Grasse, La Tour D'Aigues, St-Tropez, Tarascon, Vaison-la-Romaine

Wednesday- Arles, Digne, Draguignan, Fréjus, Salon-de-Provence, Sault, Sisteron, St-Rémy-de-Provence

Thursday- Aix-en-Provence, Beaucaire, Isle sur la Sorgue, Le Lavandou, Orange, Roussillon

Friday- Bonnieux, Carpentras, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lourmarin, Moustiers-Ste-Marie, Remoulins

Saturday- Aix-en-Provence (antiques), Apt, Arles, Barjols, Digne, Draguignan, Fréjus, Manosque, Sisteron, St-Rémy-de-Provence, St-Tropez, Uzés

Daily- Aix-en-Provence (fruit and vegetables), Antibes, Avignon (except Monday), Cannes, Marseille (fish), Menton, Nice, Sanary-sur-Mer, Toulon

Stroll the winding stone streets of Gordes, where, once you’ve hiked to the top, you’ll find outdoor cafés for a simple café crème or local restaurants that feature delicious Provencal dishes enhanced by Rhone Valley wines from either the nearby Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, the Cotes de Luberon, Cote de Ventoux….

Or visit the weekly outdoor market (Tuesday is market day!) to browse through the abundance of local produce to stimulate your own culinary imagination.

Cistercian monks still live there producing honey, lavender essence, and liqueurs to help support the abbey. It is open to visitors.

For hikers, find the trails of the Grande or Petite Randonnée, the symbols for which are not far from our door. Are you a biking enthusiast? So are the French. The Luberon is a wonderful place for biking, a wonderful way to discover gems off the beaten track.

For antique afficiandos, the antique capital of the south, Isle Sur la Sorgue, is right next door. Do you want more chic, or even history? Take a scenic drive to the Papal city of Avignon. For more history and lots of art, venture a bit farther afield to Aix en Provence; for coastal chic, drive on to St. Tropez or Cannes by the resplendent Cote d’Azur.

And this is only the beginning……

Very close by is the village of the Bories, fascinating beehive-shaped stone buildings about which there are still conflicting theories as to their origin. Or go farther afield to explore the other hill towns (and their weekly markets!) nearby. Just to the north of Gordes, deep in a gorge, is the Abbeye de Senanque, founded as a cistercian monastery from the 12th century.