Around & About Carcès

Where in the world is Carcès?

Carcès is an unspoiled village in the rosé wine-producing region of Provence. Located in the south of France, half-way between Nice and Marseille just north of the A8 auto route, the village is about an hour and a half from Nice, Marseille, Arles, Avignon; an hour from St. Tropez and the beaches of the Cote d'Azur, to Toulon or Hyeres to the south; an hour from the dramatic Gorges du Verdon to the north. In just 45 minutes, drive west to Aix-en-Provence to walk in the footsteps of Cezanne. Drive just two hours for lunch in Italy. Or, stay 'home.' Fishing out the back door; horseback riding down the road; biking in vineyards and through picturesque villages nearby; the Lac de Carcès is within hiking or biking distance. All in all, a great location for a memorable vacation rental.

To Do

Carcès and other picturesque villages nearby offer lively, engaging cultural activities on a regular basis: music concerts in medieval buildings, art openings, flea markets in village squares, market days that have occurred in the same villages on the same days for hundreds of years. Within a few minutes' drive, you will find half a dozen restaurants ranging from local specialties to the highly recommended cuisine that makes the south of France so appealing.

Market Days

Monday

  • Flayosc: Traditional Provencal market in central Flayosc. Morning only.

Tuesday

  • Lorgues: Large general and Provencal market in Lorgues high street. Open morning only.
  • Montmeyan: Outdoor general market, open morning only.
  • Cotignac: Weekly general market.

Wednesday

  • Aups: General Provençal market, fruit and vegetables and a range of stalls selling food, clothes, gifts and household items. Generally more stalls on Saturday than Wednesday. Morning only.
  • Vidauban: Local market selling food and general goods. Morning only.

Thursday

  • Bargemon: Local market open morning only.
  • Les Salles sur Verdon: General market with Provencal goods and foods. Morning only.

Friday

  • Aiguines: Market in the centre of the village.
  • La Motte en Provence: Local market selling food and general goods. Open morning only.
  • Monferrat: Local market open mornings only.
  • Montmeyan: Outdoor general market, open morning only.
  • Toulon: Organic food market held every Friday morning at Place Dupuy du Lome, Quartier de Mourilon.

Saturday

  • Aups: General Provençal market, fruit and vegetables and a range of stalls selling food, clothes, gifts and household items. Usually more stalls on Saturday than Wednesday. Morning only.
  • Callas: Provençal market, open morning only.
  • Carcès: Mediaeval village with a general market. Morning only.

Sunday

  • Bauduen: General market with food and other goods. Morning only.
  • Le Muy: General market every Sunday, morning only. HUGE.
  • Vinon sur Verdon: General market, morning only.
  • Salernes: Weekly market

Daily except Sunday

  • Draguignan: Market in central Draguignan, open morning only.
  • Les Arcs sur Argens: Local market open mornings only.
  • Toulon: Market in central Toulon. Open Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday-Saturday. General goods and food. At Place Louis Blanc.
A Vacation Home for all Seasons
  • The grape harvest in early fall
  • Mushroom hunts
  • The olive crush in late fall and early winter (one of France’s few remaining water-driven mills is just down the street)
  • Truffles markets in nearby villages in December and January
  • Almond trees blossoming in February
  • Yellow carpets of Colza in March
  • Mimosas in bloom in March and April
  • Poppies in April and May
Activities Nearby
  • The Cote d'Azur
  • Hiking (out the back door and beyond)
  • Rock climbing (the Gorges du Verdon)
  • Petanque [Boules] – around the corner
  • Biking – out the front door
  • Tennis – a stroll away
  • Fishing – rivers & lakes everywhere
  • Hunting in season
  • Horseback riding nearby
  • Golf – 30 minutes away
  • Shopping, restaurants, live theater, concerts, museums, sightseeing at ancient historical and religious sites, swimming, kayaking, fishing, sailing, art & music, snow sports an hour away in winter, French lessons, cooking lessons.