Nice Flower Market

Posted by on 4 January 2013 | 0 Comments

The flower market is in Cours Saleya, in the heart of the old city of Nice. For at least a century this open square has been selling flowers but it has been a market place since Roman times. You can also sample local specialities: socca, pissaladière and courgette blossom fritters at one of the many cafes and restaurants dotted around the market.





Flower sellers, produce and antiques dealers share the space. The flower sellers, who predominate, offer their green plants, bouquets and cut flowers every day except Monday. At the western end stalls of freshvegetables, fruit, nuts, olives, cheese and bread appear daily except Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. At those times they are replaced by antique dealers. Walking through the market surrounded by masses of anemones, lilies and African daisies is a stunning experience for all the senses. Roses are, along with carnations, the most prevalent flower. Flowers in southern France are big business. About 300 acres in Provence are devoted to roses, 200 acres for jasmine and orange blossoms and 40 acres for violets. Over 400 businesses are involved in some aspect of turning the essence of the flowers of the south of France into perfume.

Against the backdrop of the Castle Hill this colourful show is one of the old town's major tourist attractions, a must on any tour.