Antique and Flea Markets
These are known as Les Puces (flea markets) and are a glimpse of days gone by in France, with some bargains to be had for collectors. The following fairs are regular events, special events are added to the Calendar.
- 1st Sunday each month
- Antique market in the streets of Montreuil-Bellay.
- 2nd Sunday each month
- Les Puces de Monstoreau — around 65 stands with furniture, books, lace, bric-a-brac along the banks of the River Loire.
- 3rd Sunday each month
- Chinon holds an Antique market in the Promenade des Docteurs Mattrais (opposite the place Jeanne d'Arc).
- 4th Sunday of the month
- Brocante du Théatre in Saumur — held at Place de la Bilange and Rue Franklyn Roosevelt.
Markets – Fresh produce
You could visit a market almost everyday if you wished! Markets are generally in the morning and finish by 1.00 pm.
- Langeais — a large bustling market near the château.
- Bagneaux, Saumur — a small market on a Sunday morning.
- Saumur — La Brocante du Theatre takes place in front of the Mairie in Saumur, close to the River Loire and the Old Town. (4th Sunday each month)
- Château La Vallière
- Baugé — an afternoon market.
- Bourgueil — an event not to be missed. Good food and plenty of character.
- Giseux — combines well with a visit to the château.
- Vernantes — a small market with a good selection of stalls.
- Beaufort — situated in the historic square with cafe/bars.
- Fontrevaud l’Abbayé
- Chinon — good restaurants and an historic setting.
- Le Vieil-Baugé — visit the site where there was a major defeat for the English in the Hundred Years’ War.
- Le Lude — stalls amongst winding historic streets and a pretty château.
- Longué Jumelles — a bustling little town worth a wander around.
- Parçay Les Pins — small market in the afternoon.
- Noyant — small, but full of local colour and characters.
- Beaufort en Vallée — organic market in the afternoon.
- Saumur — some fine produce and interesting stalls, all situated in the old quarters.
- Cande St. Martin — Marché Paysan every Saturday morning.
- Baugé — “Produits de Terroir” market selling local produce.