Markets can be addictive!

Markets are a way of life for the French in the Tarn & Aveyron, and if you wish, you could visit one on most days. If you are on holiday in the Tarn or Aveyron do try and visit at least one while you are here as it is such a good way to immerse yourself and the family in French culture. Markets can be addictive! They are great places for buying fresh produce, especially fruit and vegetables and, depending on location, for buying meat, fish and poultry. Look out for individual stall-holders who locals are selling their own produce – such as apples, melons, eggs or strawberries. They are easily distinguishable because they only sell one type of produce, so you know it will be fresh – probably just harvested and thus likely to be cheaper and of a better quality.

Take the opportunity to sample the regional specialities on offer in the market with no obligation to buy, anything from local cheese, Gaillac Wine or Aligot, which is made by huge men with vast wooden paddles and often served alongside local sausages or spit-roast veal, lamb or pork.

Depending on the size of the market, many other things can be bought such as clothes, jewellery, leather, toys and kitchenware.

EDITOR TIP: During the summer months in certain areas there are evening markets. I would recommend them as fun for the whole family to go to as they are something a little bit different, often with entertainment and food available. Look out for posters advertising them or enquire at the nearest tourist office to where you are staying to see if there are any nearby.

AVEYRON MARKETS

MONDAY

Millau: night market in place du Mandarous, 2nd and 4th week through July and August – organic, local produce market

TUESDAY

Decazeville: mornings in place Cabrol – general food market
Nant: mornings in place du Claux in July and August – organic foods

WEDNESDAY

Millau: mornings in place Foch – general and organic foods market
Montredon du Larzac: evenings from 18:00 through July and August – local organic produce market
Rodez: mornings in place du Bourg – general and organic food market

THURSDAY

St-Jean du Bruel: mornings in the centre of the village – general market
Villefranche de Rouergue: mornings in place Notre Dame and place de la Halle – general food market

FRIDAY

Decazeville: mornings in place Decazes – general food and organic produce market
Millau: mornings in place Foch – general and organic foods market
Rodez: afternoon in place du Sacré-Cœur – general food market
Sauveterre de Rouergue: night market July and August – organic and local produce

SATURDAY

Rodez: mornings in place de la Cité, place Emma Calvé and place du Bourg – general and organic food market
St-Affrique: mornings, boulevard Victor Hugo – organic produce market
Villefranche de Rouergue: mornings in the arcades – small market

SUNDAY

Najac: mornings May to September – organic foods
Villefranche de Rouergue: mornings in place de la République – small market

TARN MARKETS

MONDAY

Do you know of any markets on Monday then please email us.

TUESDAY

Albi: afternoons from 16:00 in place Fernand Pelloutier – organic food market
Castres: mornings in place Jean Jaurès – general market
Castres: all day in the Albinque market – general food market (covered)
Gaillac: mornings in place Griffoul – general market

WEDNESDAY

Castres: all day in the Albinque market – general food market (covered)

THURSDAY

Castres: mornings in place Jean Jaurès – general market
Castres: all day in the Albinque market – general food market (covered)
Grauhlet: morning in place du Jourdain – general market

FRIDAY

Carmaux: all day in the centre of town, some stalls pack up at lunch – general market.
Castres: mornings in place Jean Jaurès – general market
Castres: all day in the Albinque market – general food market and second hand books (covered)
Gaillac: all day and all over town – general market

SATURDAY

Albi: mornings in place Fernand Pelloutier, the Grande Halle and bd de Strasbourg – fruit and vegetable market
Albi: mornings on boulevard Sibille – poultry, general and farmers’ market
Albi: mornings in place de Castelviel – flea market
Castres: mornings in place Jean Jaurès – general market
Castres: all day in the Albinque market – general food market (covered)
Cordes sur Ciel: mornings in place de la Bouteillerie – general market

SUNDAY

Castres: all day in the Albinque market – general food market (covered)
Gaillac: mornings in place Griffoul – general market
Grauhlet: morning in place du Jourdain – general market
Mazamet: morning in Square Tournier