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Markets and Festivals

Many culinary specialties grow in the fertile soil of the Loire Valley. Visit one of the colorful markets where your taste buds will be tempted by shellfish and oysters from the Atlantic coast, freshwater fish from the Vienne and Loire river, seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables as well as goat's and other cheeses and the creations of the local bakers and chocolatiers. You won't be able to resist. Surely this is one of the reasons the French kings used to spend their summers in the Loire Valley and why they have built their castles here.
Why not buy the ingredients for a picnic, we are happy to suggest a walk or picnic spot to enjoy it – or choose some edible souvenirs for your loved ones back home (or for yourself).
Here are some of our favorite weekly markets:
  • Chinon (Thursday)
  • Richelieu (Friday)
  • Bourgueil (Tuesday)
  • Loches, Saumur and Candes-Saint-Martin (Saturday)
  • Langeais and Montsoreau (Sunday)
  • plus a huge traditional French market in Lencloître on the first Monday every month
  • Tours (daily in the covered market hall, more stalls to be found in the surrounding streets on Wednesday and Friday)

2018 07 Richelieu 010Festivals and Specialty Markets
There are many festivals and speciality markets taking place in and around Chinon all year round:
  • Wine fair in Chinon, 4th Saturday in April
  • FestiVin wine festival in the Cave Touristique wine cellar in Panzoult, 1th of May
  • Cheese market in Sainte Maure de Touraine, first weekend in June
  • Grand Prix de Tours - Classic Car Ralley, now taking place in Chinon, 4th weekend in June
  • Marché Medieval in Chinon, 1th Saturday in August
  • Marché à l‘Ancienne (19th century style market) in Chinon, 3th Saturday in August
  • Truffel markets in January and February
  • Sword and Cape Festival in Richelieu, every other year in July (the next one takes place in 2020)
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  • Flea-market in Montreuil-Bellay, 1th Sunday every month
  • Flea-market in Montsoreau, 2nd Sunday every month
  • Flea-market in Chinon, 3rd Sunday every month
  • Flea-market in Azay-les-Rideau, 5th Sunday every month