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Daily Markets and Flea Markets

Daily Markets and Flea Markets


Daily Markets and
Flea Markets

There are many markets in the Aude and neighboring departments which offers a chance to sample the French way of life.

They normally start around 9am in the morning and finish shortly after midday and are at an easy way to find, central point in the village or town.

They offer a range of fresh food, hand-made crafts and various other artefacts and treasures such as clothes, jewllery, etc...

Markets are a way of life for the French and if you wish you could visit one on most days of your holiday.

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 >> Sunday Markets:

These are a real blessing if you have arrived on holiday on the Saturday. It is possible not only to buy fruit and vegetables but also cooked (hot) chickens which are delicious. Often you will have the choice between an ordinary chicken (le poulet) and a free range chicken (le poulet fermier). These are more expensive but are worth trying. Often the chickens are cooked with potatoes, making for a tasty and easy Sunday lunch. In some Sunday markets there are alternatives to chicken such as lamb or gammon, and it is possible to buy these meats by the slice.


Markets and Flea Markets
Daily Markets and Sunday Markets

For a list of regular Markets in the Aude and neighboring departments, click on links...

Daily Markets Aude
Daily Markets Hérault
Daily Markets Tarn
Daily Markets Ariège
Daily Markets Pyrénées-Orientales

Markets and Flea Markets

  Brocantes, Puces, Vide-greniers and Foires Brocantes  


markets for second hand household items, bric-a-brac rather than antiques but often with interesting local items.


flea markets (as well as fleas and thumbs) - often at regular times and places.


vide-grenier means "empty attic". The idea is that everyone in a village will rake out accumulated rubbish from their house to sell to their neighbours and anyone else interested. Notices for vide-greniers are put up in tabacs and shop windows, and you will see even on signs by the side of the road.

Markets and Flea Markets
Brocantes, Puces,

Vide-greniers and Foires Brocantes
For a list of regular Flea Markets in the Aude and neighboring departments, click on links...

Flea Markets and "Vide-Greniers" Aude!
Flea Markets and "Vide-Greniers" Hérault!
Flea Markets and "Vide-Greniers" Tarn!
Flea Markets and "Vide-Greniers" Ariège!
Flea Markets and "Vide-Greniers" Pyrénées-Orientales!

Markets and Flea Markets 

Saturday - best markets...

There can be only one market to go to in Languedoc on a Saturday - and that is Pezenas. Taking over the whole town and offering a wonderful array of artisanale food, clothing, flowers, and general nic-nacs, this really is the place to be. It does get extremely popular in the Summer, but it is well worth it for the atmosphere. In the heart of the former capital of Languedoc, the market best sums up what Pezenas is all about.

Ceret has always been an artist's mecca. A town nestling under the upward thrusts of the Pyrenees. Streets swaddled in towering trees. A Saturday Market bustling with Roussillon enthusiasm for the good things of life. Houses brim with golden histories. Back streets beckon with stories untold. Faces glimmer with love, struggle, and joy of life.

Do as the Carcassonnais do – take a Saturday morning stroll through the Bastide, linger at the market in Place Carnot, savour the rich scents in the market hall... The best appetizer is a wander through the Saturday morning market in Place Carnot and in the covered market hall, les Halles, down below the Citadel in the Bastide...

Leucate, Caunes-Minervois, Chalabre, Gruissan, Lagrasse, Port La Nouvelle, Quillan, Revel, Rieux Minervois

Sunday - best markets...

Narbonne welcomes a lively and colourful market in the town centre with many stall holders attracting passers-by and customers each week. The markets on Thursday and Sunday mornings in particular are very popular with more than 300 stalls on both sides of the Robine, on the Promenade des Barques and the Cours Mirabeau. Nearby, in the the Baltard pavillion, which celebrated its centenary in 2000, the indoor market of Les Halles is famous across the entire region. More than 70 merchants and producers offering the very best of the region to gourmets, chefs and food lovers.

If you are not going to the market in Narbonne, one of the favourite markets is in Bessan and is open Sunday mornings. There is a good range of food, clothing and hardware. It is spread out through the centre of the town and there is sometimes an exhibition taking place in the Foyer Rural.

There is an attractive market in Collioure every Wednesday and Sunday morning..... a colorful offer of a lot of regional products. Collioure, there is something magical about the light in this harbour town close to the Spanish border - hence why it has attracted so many artists over the years. The market in Collioure on a Sunday is very popular...

There is a large car-boot market in Marseillan every Sunday. Whilst you will find a lot of tat here, you will also pick up some bargains as well.

If you want to spend a pleasant Sunday morning out in the country, head up to Olargues in Haut Languedoc. This stunningly well preserved medieval village is included in the list of France's 151 "most beautiful villages". The small but lively food market is situated on Avenue de la Gare and offers plenty of cheeses, fruit, wild boar pates and much, much more.

Espéraza, Trèbes

Monday - best markets...

Valras Plage
Although not a good day generally for markets in Languedoc, the market at Valras Plage is worth a trip out. The fish stalls at the covered market are excellent, selling squid, crab, octopus, skate, etc. You will also find plenty of fruit, veg, cheese, cloths, furniture etc. During the summer months the market is moved from Place Rene Cassin to the sea front.

Castelnaudary, Mirepoix

Tuesday - best markets...

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. There is a market here on a Tuesday (and also a Friday). The other reason to come here is that the local wine is mostly excellent. Produced under the Saint-Chinian appelation, the Roquebrun wines are well respected.

Over in Minervois, Olonzac is the local town. The market here is best on a Tuesday when you get a mixture of food, clothes and nic-nacs.

Cap d'Agde
The market only takes place during the summer months (June to September) and is located on the Place du Barbeque. This artisanale market features local producers from the Haut Languedoc region and covers everything from honey to cheese, charcuterie, as well as local craft items.

Carcassonne, Bages, Caunes-Minervois, Fabrezan, Ferrals les Corbières, Leucate, Rieux Minervois, Sigean

Wednesday - best markets...

There is a large market in Lezignan-Corbieres (not to be confused with Lezignan-le-Cebe, near Pezenas) every Wednesday. Lezignan is on the road to Carcassonne from Narbonne. I have never really known what to make of Lezignan. There are some nice old streets and buildings but it is largely a working town. It might be best to combine a visit here with a trip to Lagrasse.

Bize Minervois
Up in the Orb Valley, Bize Minervois is a strange old place. Beautiful in parts, ugly in others, it still retains its local ambience. The drive up to it is great. When you've finished shopping you can also dip your toes into the cool River Orb (follow the sign posts to the Canoe base - about 3km from the town).

Thursday - best markets...

Although the town of Saint-Chinian doesn't really live up to the lovely drive up to it and its fame as a wine producer, the market on Thursday is worth a trip. The market is mainly food, but also has clothes, fabric, books, plants, as well as lots of local producers. Make sure you leave with a car full of Saint-Chinian wine, some of the best to be found in Languedoc ...

Gruissan, Port La Nouvelle, Quillan

Friday - best markets...

Béziers_flower_marketThe flower market in the allees Paul Riquet, Beziers; on a Friday morning is a real must. It is practically the only time I go into Beziers except for the Feria in August (see Best Festivals) and on business. The flower market sells an amazing colourful selection of cut flowers, plants and herbs. The indoor food market close to the Cathedral is also pretty good, although not as good as the indoor market in Narbonne

Bages, Fabrezan, Ferrals les Corbières, Leucate, Limoux, Port La Nouvelle, Sigean, Sorèze

Markets and Flea Markets

Carcassonne, la Cité

la Cité - Carcassonne
The Walled City of Carcassonne is known first and foremost as a fortified medieval town; but this rocky outcrop has been occupied by man since the 6th century B.C., first as a gaul settlement, then as a Roman town fitted with ramparts as early as the 3rd and 4th centuries A.D. On the western face of this primitive fortification rests the castle, built in the 12th century by the vicomtes Trencavels.In the early 13th century, Carcassonne was taken by Simon de Montfort during the Albigensian Crusade, then annexed to the royal estate. Fortification works lasted throughout the 13th century, with the construction of the outer wall and the modernisation of the inner rampart, making this place an impregnable fortress. The Cité lost its strategic importance after the signing of the Pyrénées Treaty in 1659. In the second half of the 19th century, it underwent a major restoration project supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and was included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List...



Pézenas sits on the plains between the Haut (“Upper”) Languedoc National Park and the Mediterranean coastline. It is a mere twenty minutes from the clean sandy beaches of the Herault, half an hour from the beautiful rugged hill country inland and half an hour from what is surely one of the world’s most attractive cities – Montpellier. Pézenas has the feel of a small town with plenty of charm. Take a walk around the back streets and you will wander through medieval alleyways and squares bordered by tall elegant individualised houses replete with charm. There is a beautifully preserved Jewish ghetto settlement dating back to the middle ages, and the town is famed for being the dwelling place of French writer Moliere. Today there are still a number of writers who live locally...



Officially designated ‘One Of The Most Beautiful Villages In France’, Lagrasse nestles at the confluence of two valleys in the stunning Corbières wine region of the South of France. The village is linked to the 8th century Benedictine abbey to which it owed its original prosperity by two graceful bridges spanning the river. Between Carcassonne and Narbonne, Lagrasse is set in the Orbieu valley, in the Corbieres massif. The Orbieu river separates the abbey, rising over the left bank, from the village which spreads along the right bank and is listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France. The foundation charter of the Benedictine Abbey of Sainte Marie de l'Orbieu dates from the end of the 8th century, even if another building probably existed on the site before the Carolingian period....



Apart from the abbey, the attraction of Caunes lies in its rich historical and architectural heritage. The façades of the buildings are adorned with numerous architectural features dating from the 15th and 18th centuries. Remains of the fortified walls which surrounded Caunes can be seen on a walk through the village. Other more recent monuments which reveal a way of life and traditions now dying out are also worthy of mention, such as the old wash houses, the irrigation channel and the cobbled lanes....

Minerve has been selected as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (‘The Most Beautiful Villages Of France’). Historically, the village has been the capital of the Minervois wine region. The main bridge leading into the village is closed to all passenger vehicles not owned by residents of Minerve. Of all of the original fortifications, only a slender octagonal tower, known locally as the Candela, survives. The village is situated on top of the gorge of the River Cesse in a naturally strong defensive position. Near the village the river disappears underground in large, naturally-carved tunnels...

Castelnaudary is probably most famous for a 'peasant' dish of beans and various meats known as Cassoulet. It can take two days or more to prepare and is great comfort food for a chilly winter evening. The traditional cooking vessel is an earthenware pot from Issel called a cassole for which the dish is named. The ingredients include haricot beans grown in Pamiers or Lavelanet, duck confit, garlic sausage, pork, Toulouse sausage and mutton - but not necessarily all at the same time but a combination of several of them. If it's done absolutely to tradition, apparently is must be cooked in a baker's oven fired with rushes from the Montange Noire. In town you will find some fine old mansions, a restored windmill and an 18th Century semaphore tower. It is a real pleasure to spend a couple of hours in Castelnaudary having coffee or shopping for a picnic in the market. Today it serves as an important commercial centre for the rolling Lauragais farming country hereabouts, as it once was for the traffic on the Canal du Midi in the 17th century when agricultural and manufactured produce became easier to export to which it owed a period of prosperity. The Grand Bassin in the town at 7 hectares is the largest open area of water in the canal, and is today its major pleasure port. In fact, the most flattering view of the town is still that from the canal's Grand Bassin, which makes it look remarkably like a Greek island town, with its ancient houses climbing the hillside from the water's edge...



OK, we will do the worst bits first, because it is short and sweet. Collioure is an extremely popular tourist destination that only has one road in and out. So if you decide to visit in the peak hoilday season i.e. July and August then expect some queueing and difficulty parking. So of course visiting at other times of the year would be preferable, especially say June or September; far less manic and still a very good chance of some great weather. That said, if your only chance of visiting Collioure is July or August, then its still worth it. There is a good reason that all the Fauve artists made it their meeting place. Artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, André Derain, Georges Braque, Othon Friesz, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Tsuguharu Fujita have all been inspired by Collioure's royal castle, medieval streets and its lighthouse converted into the church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges. Plus the clarity of the blue skies and sea have to be seen to be believed...

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