It was a memorable vacation in Provence with our group of family and friends. Still feels dreamlike! If you are going to Provence, here are three exceptional markets in Provence that we recommend.
Most of these outdoor markets start by 9 am. Parking is usually difficult, so it’s a good idea to get there while they are setting up…and enjoy a coffee. Then you can meander through before it gets really crowded (which it does, especially in the summer).
- Isle Sur La Sorgue is the biggest and is on Sundays. There are lots of great antique shops there, too (it’s where I bought our fireplace screen years ago). It is so pretty with the sparkling river and canals.
I bought the packable straw hat for me and the tote for my sister. You can tell I got up early to get there (no make-up).
2. Roussillon, a hillside town runs on Thursday mornings. Look at the view!
Here I am wearing a linen dress that I bought for 40 euros in Isle Sur La Sorgue.
My daughter, Alie bought the hat here in Roussillon (doesn’t she look French? She speaks it, as well). We also bought soaps, salts, and herbes de Provence.
3. Lourmarin is on Fridays.
I think we liked Lourmarin best (some of our group above) as the town is so charming…with lots of darling shops.
After seeing a chic older French lady in white linen…I bought a white top here in Lourmarin (35 euros).
Here is a local artist, Argane Sopher displaying her watercolors of the villages around Provence.
So, those are three exceptional markets in Provence …not to be missed. You can negotiate a bit at the outdoor markets (especially when buying more than one item)…but not so much in the shops. I just unpacked this little memento…
Here are some things I wore on the trip… I really recommend the sandals… I could walk on cobblestones all day and the price is not bad.
There is more to tell you about the trip…especially about the fab bastide (French manor house) where we stayed. Au revoir for now!