Just one street back from the stunning seafront in Nice, in the heart of the Old Town, the market called Cours Saleya, named after the sun (soleil) is held daily.
The markets differ on a daily basis – from fruit and veg, to books, flowers, bric-a-brac and more (see our feature on the Cours Saleya market for daily times and details) but it is always colourful, vibrant and unforgettable.
Here you will find enormous marinated olives, exotic spices, lush and shiny fruit and vegetables, beautiful little cakes and candied fruit, fresh fish, charcuterie and cheeses. It is a culinary and gastronomic delight.
The scents of the market are delicious, lavender, spices, fruits and street food, and the market is lined on both sides with cafés and restaurants so you will have plenty of choice to relax and people watch.
At night when the market is closed the restaurant chairs and tables spill out on to the square and the whole area is filled with a great buzz and vibrancy.
The market has been held here since the Middle Ages and is one of the main tourist sites of the area. Despite the crowds it is still a fabulous places to visit and soak up the atmosphere of one of the most charming and extensive markets in the south of France.
Photos credit Margo Lestz, find out more about the wonderful Cours Saleya Market Nice here.