European flower markets
Flower markets across Europe are a great way to pick up an array of interesting bulbs and blooms, which would otherwise not be available in the UK, and at a great price too!
In addition to the flower markets, there are also several beautiful public gardens, such as Holland’s stunning Keukenhof Gardens, where you can see some of the world’s most beautiful flowers and plants in full bloom, and even pick some up to take home with you!
For more horticultural inspiration, read our Bulb Guide, written by renowned gardener, writer and television presenter Sarah Raven, which details the best bulbs to choose for different seasons, terrain and conditions, as well as information on where to go to see some of Europe’s best flower markets and more.
Taking your car to visit Europe’s flower markets means you can visit different markets on your break, or combine your visit with a longer break or holiday, giving you the ultimate in freedom and flexibility as you travel. You can access Europe’s best flower markets via our ferries to France or Holland, which you can book using the links below.
Ghent flower market
Every Sunday morning Ghent hosts a magnificent flower market in the Kouter, a favourite meeting place for Ghent locals. The market runs from 7am until 1pm and is the perfect place to enjoy an espresso, some oysters and a glass of white wine, before picking up some blooms or bulbs to take home.
Floralux Dadizele Market
Open 9am-6.30pm every day except Tuesday, the Floralux Dadizele Market is one of Belgium’s best-known flower markets. Located near Ypres and Kortrijk, and on the way to Ghent, Floralux Dadizele Market is a convenient place to stop off on any trip to Belgium, should you wish to pick up something special for your garden.
Every 2 years Brussels is taken over by the Carpet of Flowers festival. The Carpet of Flowers is 75m long by 24m wide with around 300 flowers per square metre! Amazingly, the carpet is assembled by 100 volunteers in under 4 hours. The first Flower Carpet of Brussels was created in 1971 but has become a regular fixture every two years on the Grand Place since 1986. This year, the carpet will appear from 14-17 August.
Keukenhof Gardens are among the continent’s most beautiful public gardens, and have themed exhibitions which change each year. With over 30 gorgeous and colourful flower showcases to enjoy, Keukenhof is a great place to gain some inspiration for your own garden or just enjoy exploring the grounds. There’s plenty to see and enjoy for all ages including art, sculptures and floral displays.
Singel Canal has one of the best flower markets in Amsterdam. The market is interesting as all of the goods are displayed on floating barges in the canal water. The canal market is a throwback to the time when flowers and other botanical goods were shipped into the city via the canal network.
Utrecht Flowermarket Oudegracht
If you’re looking for a flower market outside of Amsterdam, then Utrecht is a great place to go. The Flowermarket Oudegracht is open every Saturday from 8am-5pm on the streets around the Oudegracht canal, selling tulips, roses, sunflowers and more.
Spring Show in Paris
The Spring Show in Paris is a fantastic 3-day event which takes place 15-17 May in the park of Domaine de Courson. It is renowned as the Chelsea Flower Show of France, although the format is different. The show also returns for an autumn edition from 16-18 October.
Easter Sunday Flower Market
Between 8am and 5pm on Easter Sunday every year, Veurne – near Dunkirk - hosts a flower Market at the Grand Place, which is a fantastic destination for green-fingered garden-lovers everywhere. This year, Easter Sunday falls on 5 April.
Barcelona Flower Markets
23 April is Saint George’s Day in Barcelona, and on this day the Ramblas becomes a huge flower market and book stall. Traditionally on this day, men give women a rose in memory of St Valentine and women give men a book in tribute to Cervantes who died on this day in 1616.
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