the market is all year in saturday morning from 8 to 12 pm, is bigger are so many things to buy, sell, more of the are arabic seller, the place is big.
It's definitely a must do activity :-) if you're in the provence. The Saturday's market in Apt is said to be the biggest on in the Provence. Start the day with a coffee and a croissant on the terrace of the cafe next to the parking place on which you find the first stands.
Here you find everything the Provence has to offer! Wonderful tissues with the lovely prints, soaps (lavender and "verveine" are my favourites), mouthwatering cheese and salami, potery, spices and fruits and vegetables ...
There is only one Morrocan restaraunt in Apt (or at least this is the only one we saw).
We were browsing for a place to eat in the evening and started chatting to the punters sitting outside, who all recommended it wholeheartedly (the French do love to eat!).
For me this was one of the best restaraunts of our trip, and the place has a great feel to it.
The menu is good, the decor authentic, and the staff just great.
Favorite Dish: We both had vegetarian cous cous, which was a good meal. All the other customers had meat dishes and they said they were superb.
Don't miss the market, every Saturday Morning.
A very nice "provençal" atmosphere, with local fruits and vegetables (much cheaper than in supermarkets !), clothes, local craft...
What to buy: Apt has a speciality of confied fruits, especially cherries. They are delicious !
We were warned by a kind gentleman who turned out to be an ex foreign legionnaire, and seemed to know what he was talking about. Watch your bags and pockets at busy areas, and just exercise a littlecaution late at night when the streets get quieter.
To the North East and West of Apt lie a scattering of small villages, most of which were built on the tops of the surrounding hills during medieval times.
Not only do they have great views, but most are very pretty places to walk round. Some even could be described as sublimely beautiful (if you were in the right mood).
Very close to Apt is the village of Saignon - go and take a look because its lovely. If you like it, there are about fifteen others to go check out. Particularly recommended are Bonnieux, Gordes, Venasque, St Saturnin, and Boux. They all have accommodation and some top class restaraunts.
Apt is a great base for hikers and bikers. So gear up and get ready to cycle around! You can get maps from the tourist office. If you are an avid hiker, travel as far as you can!
I wasn't so ambitious then, so I headed for the nearest village, Boux, 8km from Apt. Apt is one of the lowest base in the Luberon region, so it's up up and away. Just follow the signs on various landmarks and enjoy a great scenery! Sweet lavander smells filter through the air and that makes it a pleasant hike. All I can tell you is open up all your senses.
It's a 3 hour hike there and when you get there, you can see lavander fields. You may want to approach the locals and talk to them (apparently most of them don't speak english, and I had to use the universal sign language, and with my french-phrase book in hand). The locals here are very warm and friendly though. It's a very quiet village, and there's a small hotel there too.
Once there, you might be keen to visit fort de boux (which i didn't manage to find, so perhaps you can share with me if you have been there).
Apparently I was too tired to walk back to Apt, so I hitched a ride back (real potential danger here, but glad I made it safely back!)