WHERE ARE THE BEST MARKETS?
The best markets in Occitania
Every day in Occitania village and town squares take on the colours of local markets. There will be several close to where you are staying on holiday.
It's great to buy your food from local farmers in such a sun-filled atmosphere, where people are open and authentic with their inimitable regional accent.
For authentic pleasures
To your shopping baskets! Come and explore the excellence of our local produce at the heart of the Occitania region. You can buy Gascon-style in Auch, Cévennes-style in Sommières, Pyrenean in Saint-Girons and Mediterranean in Port-la-Nouvelle.
The Arceaux market, in Montpellier, is the meeting place for farmers from Hérault. The market at Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, in the Aveyron Gorges, provides the best produce from the Rouergue region. In Toulouse, make for the Saint-Aubin market on Sundays, and every day, for the Carmes and Victor Hugo indoor markets: the very best of Occitania awaits you.
In exceptional settings
In Cahors, the market takes place on Wednesday and Saturday morning at the foot of Saint-Etienne Cathedral, listed by UNESCO as part of the Way of Saint James.
The market in Villefranche-de-Rouergue takes place at the foot of Notre-Dame collegiate church. In Montauban, the plane trees along Colonel Dupuy avenue gives the big Saturday morning market its special flavour.
The famous Revel market is held on Saturdays in the market hall with wooden pillars dating from the 14th century. You can climb to the top of the belfry for a 360°C view over the fortified town, which was founded in 1342.
A whole lot of conviviality
Here you can eat, have a quick drink and buy - practically everything, every day of the week!
In Narbonne, Sète, Lourdes, Albi, the indoor markets are the beating heart of the city. Their "Baltard-style" design makes these beautiful and roomy market buildings a great destination for your walks.
A whole host of towns and villages have smaller market buildings, where there are often weekly markets. Such as the market buildings in Langogne in Lozère, which have been listed as historic monuments since 1942.
A regional speciality
Occitania is now one of the top French regions for truffles. For an initiation into the mysteries of this black gold, head for Uzès in the Gard region on the 3rd weekend in January.
Every Tuesday from early December to mid-March, Lalbenque in the Lot region hosts the biggest truffle market in Occitania. From December to March, a large number of events are organised all over the region. In Roullens in the Malepère region and in Trausse in the Aude Minervois area, the more discreet summer truffle is celebrated in June.
OIE GRAS MARKETS
Only in Occitania
A tradition linked to the production of foie gras in south-west France.
In Caussade or Montauban in Tarn-et-Garonne, in Gimont or Samatan in Gers (the list is far from complete), weekly foie gras markets bring together local farmers between November and March. Here you can find countless variations based around geese and duck.
Between October and December, foie gras fairs are organised all over Occitania. Ideal for your end-of-year feasts!
A cult market: truffles in Lalbenque
In winter, the period for collecting black truffle from Quercy, the market in Lalbenque in the Lot region is in full swing every Tuesday. Visitors can buy a truffle from 2 p.m. when sales are open to individual buyers. The wholesale market is reserved to restaurant buyers and begins at 2.30 p.m. An exciting sight!
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- By car: Occitania has a large number of motorways (A9, A20, A61, A75, etc.).
- By plane: the region has several airports, including the international airports of Toulouse, Montpellier and Lourdes.
- By train: the region is accessible from all the major cities of France and the European capitals.