Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s finest markets

Follow me, let’s take a stroll through the market. Closeness, choice, product diversity, just waiting to be discovered on our markets all year round. So, I’ve chosen a few of the region’s finest markets for you. Ready? Let’s head off and indulge.

Vibrant markets all year round

Fresh, local, organic produce, exceptional products, even a chance to meet and exchange with producers? A wonderful one-of-a-kind experience to enjoy in a friendly atmosphere! There can only be one place for that! Down at the market or, should I say, the markets, as every town has their own with their own particular style.
Issigeac in Dordogne, Brive-la-Gaillarde in Corrèze, Boussac in Creuse, Panazol and Vayres in Haute-Vienne, Monsempron in Lot-et-Garonne, Andernos in Gironde, Chauvigny and Les Hérolles in Vienne, to name but a few… there are so many great markets around, we can’t list them all here. But, here are a few of our favourite ones.
Royan and its central market, perhaps the most original given its “1950s” architecture, echoing this Atlantic Coast town. Royan market, open every day except Mondays, boasts some 150 sellers and around forty producers: butchers, fish sellers, wine merchants, greengrocers… In 2018, this market also ranked as 2nd finest market in France in the French TV channel TF1’s contest.

Les plus beaux marchés de Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Pau and its recently-renovated covered market with, of course, its fruit, vegetable, meat and fish stalls… but also with its tables for tasting, snacking, lunching… in short, indulging in great products. Open every day except Mondays, it’s Béarn and the Pyrénées’ new must-not-miss gastronomy hub.
Just like Pau’s covered market which has got a new lease of life, a breath of fresh air has hit a host of downtown markets:

  • Mont-de-Marsan and its redesigned covered market (aka the Halles de la Madeleine) where you can do your food shopping of course but you can also have a drink, delight in a slice of “Pastis” (one of the local pastry specialities), and even have lunch.
  • Bordeaux’s Halles Bacalan, near the Cité du vin: a new-generation market where you can sample and buy fresh produce.
  • Angoulême, with its glass and iron-made 19th-century covered market, right in the heart of the historic centre, a feast for the eyes.
  • Niort, with its Baltard-style covered market and its arcades, close to the medieval dungeon. Open every morning from Tuesday to Sunday. Oysters, goat meat, melons, Poitou goat’s cheese… the choice is yours!
    Although these markets are open all year round, others only exist at certain periods.

Les plus beaux marchés de Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Exceptional markets

From December to March is the period for foie gras and truffle markets, especially in Périgord and in Corrèze. Those held in Sarlat, Brive-la-Gaillarde and Tarrasson-Lavilledieu in Dordogne are amongst the most reputed.

Christmas markets: they have become a traditional event in the region’s main towns: from Limoges to La Rochelle, from Bordeaux to Biarritz and Aubusson.

Discover craftspeople, local producers, oysters here, chocolate and hot wine there in a scenescape of little wood chalets. Everywhere a festive atmosphere reigns supreme and often offers other activities (ice rink, toboggan run, funfair).

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Châteaux de Rochebrune

Le nom vient d’une pierre sacrée druidique : La Roche Brune.
Aux confins du Limousin et du Poitou, le château de Rochebrune est l’une des maisons fortes entourant à l’origine les terres de Chabanais, exposée en priorité aux raids des comtes de la Marche et de l’évêque de Limoges. La place, devenue anglaise, défendra aussi la principauté de Chabanais dans le conflit entre Richard Cœur de Lion et Philippe Auguste. Le prince Jourdain IV mourra à la croisade. La propriété passée par mariage dans la famille de Matha, puis de Rochechouart, l’édifice, flanqué à l’origine de deux tours rondes devient un véritable château fort aux XIIIème et XIVème siècles. Il sera la résidence des Thouars entre 1345 et 1450. Leur fille Catherine, après un premier mariage avec Gilles de Retz, maréchal de France, épouse Jean de Vendôme.

16150 ETAGNAC
- SPL Terres de Limousin - Haute-Vienne Tourisme -
- SPL Terres de Limousin - Haute-Vienne Tourisme -
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Centre Équestre de Jallais

Covered riding school (20x40 m), obstacle course (50x80 m), training area (20x60 m), boxes, places to clean horses and where they can have shower.

Jallais 16500 Confolens
- Infiniment Charentes -
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Bussière-Boffy

In this charming medieval village, information boards will lead you to some twelve houses which ages span from the 15th century to the 18th century. At the bottom of various alleys and passageways, you will fall upon several timbered houses with mullioned windows, some bearing the vestiges of fortifications.

87330 VAL D'ISSOIRE
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La Butte de Frochet

La 'Butte de frochet' (hillock of Frochet, is a natural area offering ecological as welle as fauna and flora interests. Is is a mineral backbone of white quartz, themnants of the hydrothermal activity of the Oradour-sur-Glane rift towards the end of the primaryera.
The ridge path offers splendid vistas on "Charente Limousine" and on "Basse-Marche".

The heather-covered moor is currently administered by the 'Conservatoire des espaces Naturels du Limousin'. Thus, some endangered bird species such as harriers or nightjars whosenesting area is heather spaces will be able to inhabit the place.

The landscape takes on pink hues at the beginning and at the end of the Summer at the time when ashen heather ans calluna vulgaris are in full bloom.

87330 VAL D'ISSOIRE
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Base Canoë LES ROCHES BLEUES

Canoes, kayaks and pedalos can be hired without prior reservation.
Descents in canoe or kayak, Manot to Confolens or Ansac to Confolens. Reservations required.

Les roches bleues Avenue de la Libération 16500 Confolens
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Limousin Paintball

The biggest paintball park in the Limousin, 3 zones of over 3 hectares of natural ground. Enjoy a game with family or friends.

87200 SAINT JUNIEN
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