In this article we will be guiding you through the top 10 markets to visit in Provence, the Alpilles each day of the week, offering a detailed overview of what each market provides and why it made our list.

Whether you seek fresh local produce, handcrafted goods, or if you are just looking for a day out with family, we are sure you will find that in The Alpilles. A quick note before we get started – Provencal markets typically run from about 7.30 am to 12.30pm, but please check each market's specific timings before you head out.

wine at saint remy de provence
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olives from market

Monday

Forcalquier Market

Forcalquier Market is renowned as the largest market in the Alpes de Haute Provence. The outdoor market has a huge number of stalls, offering everything from fresh produce and local delicacies to handcrafted goods and artisanal products. It is particularly noted for its excellent selection of high-quality linens, earthenware, and variety of other local products. The energy of Forcalquier is buzzing and it is hard not to get into the community spirit when visiting this market.

Tuesday

Tarascon Market

Tarascon Market, part of the broader Alpilles area, is a busy market located in the heart of the town. This market has it all from fresh produce to local delicacies, clothing, and household items. The market is energetic and many of the market stalls offer tasting selections and sampling of the local delicacies. While some sections of the market benefit from the shade provided by buildings and vendor canopies, much of the market is in the open, so it's advisable to bring a hat and sunscreen if visiting during the summer months.

Wednesday

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Market

The Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Market is one of the largest and most popular outdoor markets in The Alpilles, held every Wednesday in the heart of the town. Stretching through the main streets and squares, this busy market has it all. From fresh, local produce, such as fruits, vegetables, and cheeses, to handmade clothing, jewelry, and home décor items. Specialty stalls offer truffles, olive oil, handmade soaps, and lavender products. Planning to visit Saint-Rémy-de-Provence? Why not start your day exploring this vibrant market and enjoy the lively atmosphere, interact with friendly vendors, and savour samples of local delicacies.

Mouriès Market

Mouriès Market offers a traditional market experience with a focus on local agricultural products. Known for its olives and olive oil, Mouriès Market is the place to taste and purchase some of the finest olive products in the region. As well as olives, the market features fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, and a selection of local wines. The market's strong emphasis on high-quality, locally sourced produce sets it apart from other similar market stalls.

Saint-Étienne-du-Grès Market (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

Saint-Étienne-du-Grès Market offers an intimate outdoor market experience every Wednesday. Located right in the heart of the village, this market is a favourite among locals and visitors seeking an authentic French market atmosphere. The market focuses on local produce and traditional crafts where you can also find unique handcrafted goods such as pottery, textiles, and jewelry, made by local artisans. The market’s quaint atmosphere, with stalls set up along the street, lure you in and make the perfect setting for a leisurely morning stroll.

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Thursday

Maussane-les-Alpilles Market

Maussane-les-Alpilles Market is a busy outdoor market held in the main village square. One of the most popular items here is the locally produced olive oil. Its texture and unique flavour are a hit with the shoppers. Visitors can also find delicious local cheeses, a variety of handmade items such as pottery and textiles, and other regional products. The market is very French, attracting both locals and tourists who enjoy the authenticity of it.

Friday

Eygalières Market

This outdoor market is held every Friday in one of the most charming villages in The Alpilles, Eygalières. Known for its intimate atmosphere and high-quality local products, the market is a great family-friendly activity. The most popular items sold here are the artisanal cheeses and fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The market features a variety of handcrafted goods such as pottery, textiles, and jewelry too.

Fontvieille Market (Mondays and Fridays)

Fontvieille Market is an outdoor market in The Alpilles held every Monday and Friday in the village center. The market offers a mix of fresh produce, seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, and baked goods. One of the most popular items here is the locally made artisanal cheese. Visitors can also find handcrafted items such as pottery, textiles, and jewelry. The market is very traditionally French, attracting both locals and tourists.

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Saturday

Arles Market

Arles Market is one of the largest and most diverse outdoor markets in the region, held every Saturday in the historic streets and squares of Arles. This market offers an extensive selection of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, regional specialties, artisanal crafts, clothing, and antiques. The most popular items sold at this market include fresh produce and regional specialties such as Provençal herbs and olives. The market is distinctly French, attracting a mix of local residents and tourists.

Sunday

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Market (Sunday Version)

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence also hosts a smaller but equally charming market on Sundays. This market is perfect for those looking to experience a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere compared to the business of the Wednesday market. The warm setting and friendly vendors make it a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday morning. Plus you may get lucky and sample some yummy tasters.

We hope this guide helps you plan your visit to the vibrant markets of The Alpilles and that you find the perfect spot to suit your tastes and interests.

A bientôt,

The Provence Holidays Team