In Montsoreau, the Sunday market is where much of the weekly action takes place and is a must for locals to visit and shop. This is not a tourist market, but a true reflection of contemporary French village life. Once a month, this regular market transforms into the Puces de Montsoreau or Montsoreau Flea Market, which stretches along the banks of the Loire River. Montsoreau is quaint and beautiful, and the flea market reflects this, adding charm to an already lovely place to visit.
Montsoreau is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and since 1993, the Puces de Montsoreau has taken full advantage of the town's setting. With the historic castle in the background, the streets and gardens full of flowers (depending on the season) and the river meandering through, Montsoreau is an idyllic setting for a walk or a day out. The addition of the Montsoreau Flea Market is the icing on the cake and makes it all too easy to grab a souvenir of a lovely day spent.
The types of goods sold at the Puces de Montsoreau are quite varied. There is plenty of kitsch, but also some quality antiques, and serious collectors regularly make their way to this monthly event to see what treasures are available. There is household furniture, glass ornaments, candlesticks, artwork, books, toys and many other collectibles - certainly enough to keep anyone entertained and tempted to spend!
Prices at the Puces de Montsoreau are quite reasonable, so it is certainly a market where bargains can be found and made. The vendors are incredibly friendly and the overall atmosphere is very welcoming. Vendors are happy to answer all kinds of questions from interested shoppers, and of course, they will haggle if it is clear that money will be spent. There are also plenty of places to get drinks and refreshments to make the day even more enjoyable.
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