What could be more fun than visiting your local open-air market for fresh regional organic vegetables and fruits, dried sausages, nougat, a roasted chicken with potatoes to take home for an easy lunch, some pretty clothing or sandals, local truffles or tapenades, and the list goes on! All villages in the Var have at least one market that visits the streets once a week, some even twice. Other villages also have night markets (see local events at tourist office websites) once or twice a week in the busy season and it’s always a good idea to go to the larger towns (Brignoles, Toulon, etc) at least once during your visit to get the best selection (and price) for just about anything you can imagine. Christmas time is the best time to shop for gifts at the local markets and many villages even offer mulled wine and warm bakes goods to snack on. The busier the season, the busier the markets (Saint Tropez is a bit of a nightmare but there is so much choice it’s worth the hassle of getting there!) and the more selection there will be and Cotignac never misses out on the action. Just go early for a closer place to park. Markets start around 8am and end at 1pm.
Markets in and around Cotignac (for a good list of all the markets in the Var department click here)
(N.B.: there may be changes to the markets’ schedules from time to time. Best to check the town’s mairie-website by searching the town, then Google “mairie de (name of town) and look for the word “marché”, before you take off so you are not disappointed).
Monday: Les Issambres
Tuesday: Cotignac, Lorgues, St Tropez
Wednesday: Aups, Draguignan, Tourtour, Cogolin
Thursday: Varages, Grimaud, Villecroze, Ramatuelle
Friday: Flassans sur Issole, St Maxime
Saturday: St Tropez, Carces
Sunday: Saint Cyr, Barjols, Regusse, Salernes, Port Grimaud