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




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.

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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.