Markets in the region take place in the morning, before lunch. Local weekly markets, such as in nearby Olonzac, are simple mixed markets that sell a variety of food and household items. Others, such as Roquebrun, have a reputation for excellent food and wine.
The only exception to the morning markets is the huge and popular market in Pézenas, which takes over the whole town centre on Saturday and lasts until early evening in summer. It is probably the best weekly market to visit in the Languedoc region.
If you are interested in antiques and collectables, there is a bewildering number of vide-greniers, brocantes, marchés aux puces et salons d’antiquaires available, not always widely advertised.
For information on markets, car boot sales and similar events in the region, the events section on Facebook can be helpful. Alternatively, Vide-greniers.org and jours-de-marche.fr list many events in the area by location and date.
Pezenas – Saturday, fills the whole town with a mix of artisanale food, clothing, flowers and bric-a-brac. Gets very packed in summer.
Carcassonne – Saturday, in the new town rather than the overcrowded medieval citadel
Narbonne – Sunday, lots of plants and stuff along both sides of the Canal de la Robine, don’t miss the indoor market.
Meze – Sunday morning
Espéraza – Sunday, all year round 8am to 2pm, large selection of producers and food products but also second-hand clothes, very popular
Bessan – Sunday, mixed market throughout the centre of the town
Marseillan – Sunday, car boot sale
Olargues – Sunday, small but lively food market on Avenue de la Gare
Valras Plage – fish market on the sea front (during the summer) or Place Rene Cassin (rest of the year).
Roquebrun – picturesque setting
Olonzac – All year on Tuesdays from 7am to 1pm, mixed market
Lézignan-Corbières – all year round on Wednesday from 8am to 1pm, large market but not very interesting
Saint-Chinian – excellent for wine and food
Beziers – attractive flower market