Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

On the few occasions I have stayed in Olonzac in France's Languedoc region, one of the highlights of the visit is always the weekly market.  My husband and I are part owners in a holiday home in Olonzac and some of the stalls of the Tuesday market are literally right outside our front door. There's nothing better than opening the shutters in the morning and looking out over the frantic activity below as stall holders set up their stalls, lay out their goods and chatter with shoppers.


Shopping at the Olonzac market

 

The weekly market draws shoppers from all over the region and is as much a social outing as a shopping trip!


During summer, you'll often be shoulder-to-shoulder with other shoppers as you negotiate the narrow streets lined with stalls. 


Locals and tourists flock to the weekly market in Olonzac and you'll hear an array of languages being spoken.


Most stall holders, though, speak very little English, if any, so my purchases are done with a good dose of sign language involved!

 

Fruit stall at Olonzac Market

 

Charcuterie stall, Olonzac Market

 

Dried fruit stall, Olonzac Market

 

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Shopping at Olonzac Market

 

Flower stall at Olonzac Market

 

Olive stall, Olonzac Market

 

Castel Grand Rue, holiday home in Olonzac

 

With so much fresh food on offer, it's hard not to get caught up in the excitement and buy too much - but that's all part of the fun.


The best thing is our house is close to the action so if my arms are weighed down by shopping, I can pop back to the house to drop them off and head out for more purchases!

 

Need to know

The weekly market in Olonzac, capital of the Minervois region of Languedoc, is held every Tuesday from about 8am to 1pm.


Find out more about Castel Grand Rue, our holiday home in the south of France here >>

 

What's the best market you've been to in Europe? Or have you seen or heard about a market you'd love to visit? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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# Maria 2016-12-13 01:11
Hi I've just come across your page, thanks for the great photos of Olonzac market. I stayed there ages ago, brought back memories. But I just want to say that we're always happy to see Australians here in Europe! Aussies are fantastic people.
How about trying the Christmas markets in Germany round about this time of year? The cold will be unpleasant and not what you're used to, (and there will probably be half a metre of snow as well) but the atmosphere is wonderful and small German towns are usually beautiful with their distinctive architecture. And you can warm up on Glühwein or mulled wine. Just a thought.
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# Carolyn 2015-01-15 09:24
Quoting Paul Close:
We have a little house in Herepian in the Languedoc region too. Nearby in Lamalou les Bains is a similar Tuesday market that we enjoy.
The highlight is a stall holder who brings in fresh oysters. Freshly shucked oysters and a glass of Picpoul white wine is must do for me when we visit!

I agree, Paul. The fresh local produce is definitely the highlight of French markets. I'll have to check out the market at Lamalou les Bains next time I'm in Languedoc.

Thanks for your comments.
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# Paul Close 2015-01-14 17:48
We have a little house in Herepian in the Languedoc region too. Nearby in Lamalou les Bains is a similar Tuesday market that we enjoy.
The highlight is a stall holder who brings in fresh oysters. Freshly shucked oysters and a glass of Picpoul white wine is must do for me when we visit!
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