Markets of Provence

Market of the Month: Toulon

If you’re looking to get a flair for multi-cultural Provence, look no further than a morning spent wandering through the main market of Toulon.  Among the sellers pushing their artichokes, olives, and tapenades in the twangy accent of the South, you’ll find a mix of new & long-standing immigrants doing their daily shopping.  Make sure to take a walk to the top of the market for a large & well-priced selection of flowers.

Spring

Where:

Cour Lafayette, center of Toulon

When:

Open early morning to about mid-day Tuesday to Sunday.

What:

Large Provencal market selling seasonal produce, regional specialties, and some textiles.

Spring

Special Interest:

Hop across the busy Avenue de la Republique for a coffee or verre du vin portside and watch the fishermen bringing in the catch of the day.  Or take a guided-tour boat ride to learn more about the history of France’s principal naval port & its active role in World War II. Boat tours are also available to the nearby islands of Hyeres – numerous operators with prices starting at 10 Euros for adults, 5 Euros for children.

About Tuula

I’m a 40-ish American woman & I’ve been blogging about my travels around belle Provence since moving here in 2010. You can also find my travel writing in International Living magazine, Charming Small Hotels (France), & Living France magazine. Bienvenue!

8 comments on “Market of the Month: Toulon

  1. Have not made it to Toulon, will have to put it on my list of towns/villages to visit, especially on a market day.

    Like

    • Thank you for your comment Michel. Toulon is a bit overlooked, but great for the markets, port, and also along the beaches. Hope you get a chance to visit soon 🙂

      Like

  2. I’ve wanted to visit Toulon every since reading about it in Les Miserables. 🙂 Funny how names stick in your mind sometimes. 🙂

    Like

    • True it’s famous for many things – mainly the naval port & role in WWII, but also been featured in several books.

      Like

  3. Markets are one of my favorite things. This one looks like a lot of fun and it’s so close to that gorgeous blue sea. Looking forward to this series.

    Like

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Kathy! There are so many gorgeous markets close to the sea here – it’s going to be fun to explore for this series.

      Like

  4. You are so lucky to be living in that part of the world! I love visiting markets when I’m travelling. I’ve driven past Toulon but didn’t have time to stop. La prochaine fois!

    Like

    • Anonymous

      Visiting the markets is really one of the top things I love to do when traveling too – hope you’ll make it to Toulon on your next visit Corinne!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: