Weekly, traditional, organic, fish and seafood... There are as many markets as there are towns and villages! Calvados, a land steeped in fishing and agricultural tradition, abounds with country fare. The market is the ideal place to enjoy a taste of the many flavours of Normandy.
• The fish market
Over your next holiday, you must - at least once - eat fish... Simply head for the many small harbours along the Calvados coast and take advantage of some expert advice from the fishermen's wives!
In Port-en-Bessin, Grandcamp-Maisy, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Ouistreham-Riva-Bella and Trouville-sur-Mer: every morning (Trouville all day from 9am-7pm) around the harbour or in the indoor market. In Honfleur, the market is on Thursday and Sunday mornings.
Here is a selection of our favourite weekly markets. - Not to be missed – Boulevard Leroy (or more precisely Place du Docteur Buot) in Caen. Local inhabitants flock to find small-scale local producers every Saturday morning. - In Honfleur, head for the organic produce market on Wednesday mornings. - And don't forget to visit the market in Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives on Mondays or Dives-sur-Mer on Saturdays. It is held within what is probably Normandy's most impressive indoor market.
Discover Normandy's folklore over an encounter with its local producers. In Cambremer, very special markets are held on Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday, along with every Sunday throughout July and August; the same applies in the town of Pont l'Évêque. The traditional market in Lisieux is held on Wednesdays throughout July and August.
And if you prefer an evening stroll, you can also visit one of the many nocturnal markets in Calvados' towns and villages throughout the summer months.