As with all French regions there are many markets to explore in the Limousin. They range from very small, weekly, village markets with only 2 or 3 stalls selling fresh produce to large Foires that close the town centre for the morning. The Foires are usually worth attending as they attract stall holders from wider area and the choice of goods on offer is more varied. Although not strictly in the Limousin, the largest and most famous market is held at Les Herolles. The location was chosen as the town is on the borders of the Vienne, the Haute Vienne and the Indre. The market is now the largest street market in France and is also believed to be the oldest, dating back over 400 years. It is possible to buy everything from livestock, to farm machinery, plants, furniture, cheese and wine as well as an array of local produce. The stall holders are normally set up by 8.30am and be sure to arrive early to avoid the queues for parking. There is a small charge for parking (1€50). The market is held on the 29th of every month, unless it is a Sunday in which case the market is on the following Monday. Les Herolles is between Lignac on the D32 and Coulonges on the D123.

The summer sees the start of the Vide greniers. These are a cross between a boot fair and a flea market. They are normally well worth a visit and it is normally possible to find bric a brac at reasonable prices. Click here for a list of Vide Greniers.

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