The Provencal market of Apt

The Provencal market in Apt has been awarded the "exceptional French market" label since 1996 for its atmosphere, its permanence throughout the year, and its originality. It has been spread on Saturday morning in most of the alleys of the city center since the 16th century! (nowadays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.). Stroll through the alleys, admire the Sainte-Anne cathedral and the clock tower, have a drink on a terrace at Place Carnot, Place Gabriel Peri or Place de la Bouquerie, discover French and Provençal specialties, admire the colorful facades of the buildings and wander rue des Marchands, rue Saint-Pierre, or along the Calavon, "breathe the blue sky" ... a real French savoir-vivre!

The great exceptional Provencal market of Apt brings together more than 300 exhibitors: fruits, vegetables, sausages and butchers, breads, pizzas, cheeses, fish and seafood, spices, craft products, wicker baskets, hats, jewelry, clothes, linens, fabrics, flowers, toys, craft knives and utensils, ... It attracts, even in winter, the inhabitants of all the villages of the Luberon:a real proof of the quality and authenticity of the soul of this great Provencal market, which is not just for tourists! An essential walk to immerse yourself in the Provencal atmosphere.

The farmers' market takes place on Tuesday mornings (around twenty exhibitors), and the truffle market on Saturday mornings during the truffle season (from November to March). Apt is also the world capital of candied fruit, the main producer in the world and the leading exporter. Delicacies to taste at the Maison des Fruits Confits and at local artisans. When we see all the cherry trees blossom in March or bearing fruits in May / early June, we understand the peculiarity (and beauty) of this terroir!

Overlooking the town of Apt perched on a hill, the village of Saignon is clinging to the Bellevue rock overlooking the valley from its 30 meters high. Before or after a walk on the Provencal market of Apt, the walk to Saignon is worth the detour. Admire its village square and its peaceful fountain with its pools, shaded alleys, old houses with colorful shutters. Climb to the Bellevue rock where you can enjoy a clear view of Mont Ventoux and beyond to the heights of Avignon, the Lure mountain, and the Alpes de Haute Provence. In the Middle Ages, the Romanesque church was a place of pilgrimage on Via Domitia.

You can also dedicate a special day to visit Saignon, Castellet, Auribeau, Cabrières d'Aigues and Saint-Martin de Castillon around Mourre Nègre, the highest point of the Luberon massif, at 1125m. Or head to the small village of Sivergues and explore the Claparèdes plateau where several hiking or walking trails in the middle of oak forests and lavender fields will amaze you in summer, as well as the awe-inspiring site of climbing cliffs de Buoux, and its fort.

Magnificent sites and breathtaking views!