The pleasure of Provence can be identified by its whimsical landscape. By offering so much to explore and savor, it can be challenging to experience it all. A unique way that we suggest you take in all of its natural wonder is to visit one of the many local markets hosted throughout the week.
Markets usually operate year-round, but they are grander in the summer months from April to September. You’ll want to get an early start on the day as prime shopping hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rudy R., Inspirato’s Creative Director, recently visited the region and explored many of the local markets. He came back eager to share his experience with members. Check out the interactive map to see his day-by-day notes and personal photos.
Exploring Provence through its daily markets is the best way to experience all that the magnificent region has to offer; cheese, wine, lavender, olive oil, truffles, music, rich architecture, and the lovely locals all in one place. You just have to try it all… and why not? After all, you’re in France.Rodolfo R.Inspirato Team Member
Want to know where to go and when? Click the market pins on the map below to learn more about each specific market. We’ve also placed our Inspirato accommodation options on the map so you can see where they are in relation to the markets.
Monday: Cavaillon Market
A favored market among the locals, you can expect to find discounted clothing, leather goods, and household commodities. Conveniently located at the crossway of several roadways, it’s easy to make a day trip to Alpilles or the Luberon.
Tuesday: Gordes Market
This colorful and energetic market can be found at the foot of the castle in the center of the town. Linens, lavender, breads, and other delicacies are the main attractions. If you’re in town you’ll not want to miss The Caves du Palais Saint Firmin.
Wednesday: Pertuis Market
Swing by the market and then make your way to Chateau Val Joanis in Pertuis, where you can combine a winery tour and tasting with a visit to a nationally classed Flower Garden on the property that once belonged to Julius Caesar.
Thursday: Roussillon Market
Roussillon Market While the market is delightful the most memorable aspect of Roussillon is the Ochre Trail. The various rock formations and villages tinted by the ochre that had previously been mined in Roussillon are truly breathtaking.
Friday: Bonnieux Market
One word: Picturesque. At the bottom of the hill you’ll shop the quaint market for art and fabrics, then make your way uphill where the food and views are the main attraction. Snack on strawberries, goat cheese, and fresh bread as you soak in your surroundings.
Saturday: Apt Market
By far the largest market in Luberon, the Apt market has been going strong for over 900 years. While local food vendors create the largest buzz, flowers, herbs, perfume, and everything in between can be found at this iconic market.
Sunday: Isle sur la Sorgue Market
Antique and art collectors flock to the market that hosts nearly 300 antique dealers and second hand shops. More so, Isle sur la Sorgue is the “island city” you have to see to believe. The Sorgue river flows through and around the town, virtually hugging the medieval commune. Truly spectacular.