For a real taste of Normandy life, why not visit a local market? Throughout La Manche region of Normandy markets are held every day of the week. The list below gives details for each day.

Normandy market days Normandy market daysThe majority of markets are open in the morning from 8 or 9am and finish around 12 – 1pm. This is where locals go to buy their fruit and vegetables, cheese, cider, meat, fish and bread. Producers are local and can be found at a number of the markets and tend to have a regular pitch in each town or village.

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Markets are very sociable. If you see someone you know then you greet them with a kiss or a handshake and have a chat. They’re great places for people watching too.

Some of the larger markets sell a wider variety of goods including plants, clothes and footwear.

I visited the Villedieu-les-Poêles Tuesday market in the summer. Even though I arrived towards the end of the morning, I had to drive round a couple of times to find a parking space. One of the car parks near to the Tourist Office isn’t available for parking as some stalls are set up here. There are also stalls in the main street and by the church. Some of the photos below look a little hazy but it’s the smoke from the rotîsserie. These are a firm feature in Normandy markets and sell grilled sausages, ham or lamb with french fries.

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It’s definitely worth getting there early or be prepared to spend a little time finding a place to park. It shows how popular the market is.

Normandy Market Days

SUNDAY

Barenton ; Barneville plage (summer only) ; Donville ; Ducey (summer only)) ; Hauteville-sur-Mer ; Cherbourg-Octeville ; Pirou ; Saint-Jean-le-Thomas (summer only) ; Saint-Martin-de-Bréhal (summer only) ; Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte.

MONDAY

Bricquebec-en-Cotentin ;  Carentan-les-Marais ; Gouville-sur-Mer (summer only) ; Torigny-les-Villes, Juvigny-le-Tertre, Saint-James.

TUESDAY

Barfleur (Mardi de Pâques à la Toussaint) ; Bréhal ; Cerisy-la-forêt ; Cherbourg-Octeville (all day) ; Coutainville ; Ducey ; Hambye ; Hauteville-sur-mer (summer only) ; Jullouville (from 15/06 to 15/09) ; Lessay ; Portbail ; Quettehou ; Saint-Lô ; Saint-Clair-sur-Elle ; Sourdeval ; Villedieu-le-Poêles.

WEDNESDAY

Agneaux ; Chef-du-Pont ; Condé-sur-Vire ; Flamanville ; Gavray ; Granville (Place du Stade) ; Hauteville-sur-mer  (summer only) ; La Haye-Pesnel ; La Haye-du-Puits ; Montmartin-sur-Mer ; Marigny-le-Lozon ; Cherbourg-Octeville (morning only) ; Pirou (July and August) ; Pontorson ; Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët ; Saint-Pierre-Eglise ; Saint-Lô ; Tessy-Bocage.

THURSDAY

Cherbourg-Octeville (all day) ; Carolles ; Carteret ; Cérences ; Coutances ; Ger ; Hauteville-sur-mer  (summer only) ; Le Passous ; Le Teilleul ; Saint-Fromond ; Sainte-Mère-Eglise ; Saint-Pair-sur-Mer ; Saint-Lô ; Saint-Pois.

FRIDAY

Brécey ; Canisy ; Cerisy-la-forêt ; Equeurdreville-Hainneville ; Gouville-sur-Mer;  Hauteville-sur-mer  (summer only)  ; Jullouville ; Les Pieux ; Lingreville ; Picauville ; Pirou (July and August) ; Roncey ; Saint-Jean-de-Daye ; Saint-Lô ; Sartilly ; Valognes ; Quettreville-sur-Sienne.

SATURDAY

Avranches ; Barneville ; Beaumont-Hague, Barfleur ; Cerisy-la-Salle ;
Cherbourg-Octeville (morning) ; Coutainville ; Gavray ; Granville (Cours Jonville);  Hauteville-sur-mer  (summer only)  ; Montebourg ; Mortain ; Percy-en-Normandie ; Périers ; Pont-Hébert ; Saint-Lô (Grand marché);  Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue ; Quettreville-sur-Sienne.

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The video shows the market in the main street.

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