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Exploring French Market Days in Normandy and the Manche

French market days are a way of life, usually very well attended by locals and tourists. Historically, even French children took the day off school to attend the community market day. Most tow

Some of the biggest markets offer live animals for sale, usually poultry birds for the table or for laying eggs and rabbits – an animal that is very popular in France for breeding and eating. Poultry birds range in age from tiny, days old chicks to ready-to-lay girls of about 12-15 weeks old.

Most markets these days will also have many stalls to browse selling all manner of goods, such as:

  • Plants

  • Clothing for all the family

  • Hand-made baskets

  • Cooked food

  • Jewellery

  • Carpets and rugs

  • Handbags and leather goods

  • Domestic knives and cookware

  • Toys and games

  • Gifts and souvenirs – particularly in coastal towns

Market days in Normandy

There is a market day in Normandy every day of the week across the region in several towns and villages. During the summer, markets will also run on a Sunday and are often incorporated into the ‘Vide Grenier’ (car boot sale) season.

Gîtes Le Bisson is perfectly located to offer our guests access to a range of markets across the regions of Normandy and the Manche. We have found a great guide to the markets of Normandy and the Manche here.

Although the markets are often large and sprawling, covering much of the town, they often only operate during the morning and will begin wrapping up and closing at Midi (12pm). During the summer season, the markets are sometimes incorporated into a local event, such as a ‘Fete’ or ‘Vide Grenier’, and will open for the whole day.

It is wise to set off early to catch the best of the bargains and the atmosphere of the markets. Traditionally a meeting point for townsfolk, markets are generally happy, buzzing affairs, full of noise and occasional bartering.

We highly recommend that our guests experience at least one market day in France where they can soak up some local atmosphere, buy a few delicious French treats and take in the traditional culture.

There is nothing as good as choosing your fresh produce, often sold by the farmers themselves, and then coming back to your gîte home to enjoy your purchases on the barbecue terrace in the peaceful surroundings of Gîtes Le Bisson.

To find out more about days out near to our holiday cottages in Lower Normandy, please visit the dedicated page on our website.

Roll on the summer!

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