Olivenhuset the place to stay in Provence

Olivenhuset the place to stay in Provence

Olivenhuset in Provence

On the ground of our traditionally renovated 17th-century French townhouse, we’ve created a space for people to rest their heads after a long day of discovering. The general living area was envisaged by a highly regarded interior designer from the area – giving it bundles of character and creating a great use of space for you to relax in. The apartment has been fitted with a new Italian-style walk-in shower, making you feel like you’re residing in a luxury spa. It also has a kitchenette with all the utensils you will need and most importantly – a coffee machine to start your day. 

The garden space is yours to use with your own private terrace patio for enjoying local food or a glass of rosé (we only pass through when we are going out). The apartment also has a private entrance that opens out onto the quiet street. We love to share what we have learned from living here too – from night markets, hidden wine caves and some of the best places to visit in the beautiful historic town of Uzès.

Fons-sur-Lussan is a village located just a 15 minute drive from the Medieval town of Uzès. Neighbouring cities are in driving distance such as Avignon, Nîmes and Montpellier – for all of which we can offer travel advice.

You can bike to neighbouring and equally charming villages within our district – visit a gallery in Lussan for example or its very famous ceramic pottery shops.

There are superb restaurants located in nearby Fons, as well as other activities such as hiking, river walks, canoeing and kayaking or simply a relaxing stroll in the countryside. 

We recommend anyone who visits to have car. We have new hybrid 7.5fx Trek bikes for those who want to get to know the area or exercise in their downtime. Our local shop has a wide variety of freshly grown produce from fruit and veg to a selection of cheese and cold meats. The shop is also stocked with quality wines from the region and other beverages of choice. There is a restaurant in our village with concerts once a week. A really nice community of musicians have gathered in the town and its border countryside over the past few years. It’s always free entrance to the events – just be sure to book your table in advance if you plan on eating.

A LIST OF MARKET DAYS IN PROVENCE

A LIST OF MARKET DAYS IN PROVENCE

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Every day is market day in provence! There are small and large markets in just about every single town or village here in the South of France. Some are only present during the warmer months, and some go all year round. I’ve included here an extensive list of the markets days in Provence. I haven’t included markets that are quite small (such as just a few stands) although they are important to patronise as well. Half of the joy of these is wandering into them by chance.

You may find this list confusing if you’re just visiting, as these towns are located all around the Provence area (not including the Côte d’Azure). I’ve included some indication of the smaller towns’ general areas. I’ve also marked a star next to some of my favourites. If you’d like a shorter list, then check out the Best Markets in Provence.

LOCATION OF THE MARKETS

In villages, the location of the market will be obvious as they’ll either be in the town centre or on a main road outside of town. Popular with locals, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them if you follow the people striding in a certain direction with confidence while carrying baskets. For larger towns, you may need to ask at the local Tourist office as places such as Aix en Provence have multiple smaller markets at once around town.

FOODIE MARKET TOURS

I used to make stuffed Provencal tomatoes in the markets and now offer private tours of the ones where I used to work. If you’d like to book a tour to taste local specialities and find out more about Provencal lifestyle, see Market Tours with Curious.

MONDAY MARKETS IN PROVENCE

  • Bedoin* (close to Mt Ventoux)
  • Bollene (north of Orange)
  • Cadenet (Luberon)
  • Cavaillon (Home of melons. Good prices. Town not very charming.)
  • St-Didier (I haven’t been yet but hear very good things)
  • Fontvieille* (smaller market, Alpilles region)
  • Saintes Maries de la Mer (Camargue)
  • La Motte Chalancon (Drome)
  • Ales (Languedoc)
  • Nimes (Languedoc)
  • Forcalquier* (Hautes-Alpes)
  • Guillestre (Haute-Alpes)

TUESDAY MARKETS IN PROVENCE

  • Avignon (La Triade)
  • Gordes* (Luberon, only in summer)
  • La Tour D’Aigues
  • Vaison-le-Romaine*
  • Aix en Provence*
  • Aubagne
  • Cabannes (Alpilles)
  • Eyguières (Alpilles)
  • Raphele les Arles
  • Rognonas
  • Tarascon
  • Salles sous Bois (Drome)
  • Saint Paul Les 3 Chateau
  • Grignan (Drome)
  • Aigues-Mortes (Camargue)
  • Le-Grau-du Roi (Camargue)
  • Nimes (Languedoc/Occitanie)
  • Roquemaure (north of Avignon)
  • Saint-Jean-du-Gard
  • Banon (Hautes-Alpes)
  • Oraison (Hautes-Alpes)

WEDNESDAY MARKETS IN PROVENCE

  • Avignon (Eglise Jean XXIII – La Rocade)
  • Jonquieres (north of Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
  • Malaucene
  • Sault (Lavender town, close to Mt Ventoux) See: Lavender in Provence
  • Valreas (Drome)
  • Aix-en-Provence*
  • Arles* (this is smaller than the immense Saturday Arles market)
  • Gardanne
  • Meyrargues (north of Aix en Provence)
  • Orgon (Just south of Cavaillon)
  • Port St Louis du Rhone (Camargue)
  • Salon de Provence
  • Saint Remy de Provence* (Alpilles)
  • Aigues-Mortes (Camargue)
  • Bagnols-sur-Cèze (Languedoc)
  • Collias (close to Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct in Langudoc/Occitanie)
  • Goudargues (Gard department)
  • Nimes (Langudoc/Occitanie)
  • Vauvert (Languedoc)
  • Digne-les-Bains (Hautes-Alpes)
  • Riez* (close to Verdon)
  • Gap (Hautes-Alpes)
  • Embrun (Hautes-Alpes)
  • Buis-les-Baronnies (Drome)

THURSDAY MARKETS IN PROVENCE

  • Avignon (HLM- St Jean)
  • L’Isle sur la Sorgue* (this is smaller than the very large Sunday market)
  • Le Pontet
  • Goult* (Luberon, in summer)
  • Roussillon (Luberon, small but charming market in summer)
  • Orange
  • Aix en Provence*
  • Aubagne
  • La Roque d’Antheron (Luberon)
  • Maillane (Alpilles)
  • Maussane-les-Alpilles*
  • Miramas
  • Senas* (very good produce)
  • Anduze
  • Beaucaire (Occitanie)
  • Le-Grau-du-Roi (Camargue)
  • St Gilles (Camargue)
  • Villneuve-les-Avignon
  • Gréoux-les-Bains
  • Laraine-Montéglin
  • Vallouise
  • Veynes
  • Nyons (Drome)

FRIDAY MARKETS IN PROVENCE

  • Avignon (Monclar et Pont des deux eaux)
  • Bonnieux* (Luberon)
  • Carpentras* (close to Mt Ventoux)
  • Lourmarin* (Luberon)
  • Aix-en-Provence*
  • Eguilles (close to Aix)
  • Eygalières* (Alpilles)
  • Fontvieille (Alpilles)
  • Gardanne (South of Aix)
  • Lambesc* (close to Aix)
  • Mallemort
  • Saintes Maries de la Mer (Camargue)
  • St-Martin de Crau
  • Barjac
  • Bellegarde
  • Nimes (Occitanie)
  • Saint-Quentin-La-Poterie (Occitanie)
  • Moustiers (Verdon)
  • Pierrelatte (Drome)

SATURDAY MARKETS IN PROVENCE

  • Apt* (Luberon)
  • Avignon (Flower market Place des Carmes)
  • Le Thor* (Luberon)
  • Pernes-Les-Fontaines* (Luberon)
  • Ste-Cecile-les-Vignes (north of Orange)
  • Aix en Provence*
  • Sénas* (Farmer’s market)
  • Arles* (Camargue)
  • Aubagne
  • Miramas
  • Peyrolles
  • Plan-de-Cuques
  • Venelles
  • Verquieres
  • La Grand-Comb
  • Le Vigan
  • Pont-St-Esprit
  • Sommières
  • Uzès* (Languedoc/Occitanie)
  • Donzere
  • Mollans-sur-Ouveze
  • Digne les Bains
  • Riez*
  • Manosque (Close to Gorges du Verdon)
  • Sisteron
  • Gap (Hautes-Alpes)

SUNDAY MARKETS IN PROVENCE

  • Avignon
  • Isle sur la Sorgue*
  • Saint-Christol-d’Albion (North of Luberon)
  • Saint-Saturnin-les-Avignon
  • Sorgues
  • Aix en Provence
  • Coustellet* (Luberon farmer’s market, great produce)
  • Aubagne
  • Chateaurenard (Alpilles)
  • Gardanne (South of Aix)
  • Jouques (north of Aix)
  • Mas Blanc des Alpilles
  • Pelissanne* (Pays Aixois- close to Aix en Provence)
  • Saint-Etienne-du-Grès (Alpilles)
  • Aigues-Mortes (Camargue)
  • Beaucaire (Languedoc/Occitanie)
  • Laudun-L’Ardoise (Occitanie)
  • Rochefort-du-Gard (West of Avignon)
  • St-Gilles (Camargue)
  • Reillane (Hautes-Alpes)
  • Sederon (Drome)
Uzes market day

Uzes market day

 

Make sure that you are in Uzès on a market day. On Wednesdays and Saturdays the Place aux Herbes is a tight maze of stalls selling all manner of bread, sausage, fish, hunting knives, olives, flowers and leather purses. I saw bewildering variations on single food themes: one stall was selling rounds of goat’s cheese in a range of sizes, looking like the elements of some tiny drum kit. Most of the cheeses were plain, chalky white; others were adorned with lavender petals or spiky herbs or red peppercorns. One chèvre, labelled ‘l’introuvable’, was black and wizened with age, and as pungent as all the others put together. There was lots of street food to be had: roast chickens turning on closed spits as potatoes fried in the fat that dripped to the bottom; paella piled in pans as wide as helicopter pads; vans selling nems (spring rolls) and accras (fritters made of shrimp or beans). The aromas were incredibly appetising. They amounted to what one French novelist has called a voyage olfactif, a nose-led journey through the cuisine and produce of Le Gard.

Uzes

Uzes

Make sure that you are in Uzès on a market day. On Wednesdays and Saturdays the Place aux Herbes is a tight maze of stalls selling all manner of bread, sausage, fish, hunting knives, olives, flowers and leather purses. I saw bewildering variations on single food themes: one stall was selling rounds of goat’s cheese in a range of sizes, looking like the elements of some tiny drum kit. Most of the cheeses were plain, chalky white; others were adorned with lavender petals or spiky herbs or red peppercorns. One chèvre, labelled ‘l’introuvable’, was black and wizened with age, and as pungent as all the others put together. There was lots of street food to be had: roast chickens turning on closed spits as potatoes fried in the fat that dripped to the bottom; paella piled in pans as wide as helicopter pads; vans selling nems (spring rolls) and accras (fritters made of shrimp or beans). The aromas were incredibly appetising. They amounted to what one French novelist has called a voyage olfactif, a nose-led journey through the cuisine and produce of Le Gard.

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