Local Weekly Markets

There are many good reasons why you should visit the local Spanish weekly markets during your stay in Spain. The markets are without exception places of lively gathering and exchange, of color, joy and the epitome of Spanish culture. Practically every town, no matter how small, has one or several weekly markets. Here, locals and visitors come together and can buy regional food, especially incomparably fresh fish and seafood, fresh or processed meat, fruit and vegetables in every shape and color. Besides that, you will of course also find clothes of all kinds, bags, jewelry, toys, colorful and versatile decorative items, household products and unique souvenirs at low prices.

Typically, Spanish markets are also popular for bargaining, so don’t be shy. With a little courage and negotiating skills you might be able to negotiate an additional discount for your purchase.

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Times and Locations

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Quick overview of the market times

MondaySan Pedro del Pinatar, 08:00-14:00

Tuesday: Benijófar, 08:00-14:00

Wednesday: La Mata,  08:00-14:00; Guardamar del Segura, 08:00-13:00; San Miguel de Salinas, 08:30-13:30

Thursday: Cabo Roig, 06:00-15:00

Friday: Pilar de la Horadada, 08:00-14:00; Torrevieja, 08:00-14:00; Los Montesinos, 08:00-12:00 (?)

Saturday: Playa Flamenca, 08:00-14:00

Sunday: Campo de Guardamar, 08:00-13:00; El Zoco, 08:30-14:00

Visiting the local Spanish markets is a must-do for any visitor in Spain

Perhaps the following arguments will give you additional motivation:

  • Immerse yourself in the local culture: Spanish markets are a microcosm of Spanish culture, allowing you to interact with locals, observe their daily lives, and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of authentic Spain.
  • Support local businesses: By shopping at Spanish markets, you are directly supporting local farmers, artisans, and small businesses. Your purchases help to sustain the local economy and contribute to the vibrancy of the community.
  • Discover fresh, local produce: Spanish markets are brimming with an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce, often picked just hours before being sold. From sun-ripened fruits and vegetables to fragrant herbs and spices, you’ll find an incredible array of culinary delights to tantalize your taste buds.
  • Unearth unique souvenirs: Spanish markets are treasure troves of fantastic and authentic souvenirs, perfect for commemorating your trip. Browse through stalls overflowing with handcrafted ceramics, traditional textiles, intricate lacework, and locally produced delicacies.
  • Enjoy the lively atmosphere: Spanish markets are abuzz with energy, color, and the lively chatter of vendors and shoppers. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, engage in friendly conversations with the locals, and soak up the incredible energy that fills the air.

Visiting a Spanish market is an unforgettable experience that offers a glimpse into the heart of Spanish culture. So, next time you’re in Spain, make sure to visit a local market and enjoy the rich tapestry of sights, sounds, flavors, and traditions that await.

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Some of the best Spanish markets in Orihuela Costa and surrounding areas:

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Mercadillo de La Zenia: This market is held every Saturday morning in Playa Flamenca and is one of the largest and most popular in the area. It offers a wide variety of stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to clothes, souvenirs, and handicrafts.

Mercadillo de Cabo Roig: This market is held every Thursday morning in Cabo Roig and is a great place to find fresh seafood, as well as fruit, vegetables, and other local produce. It also has a number of stalls selling clothes, jewelry, and other goods.

Mercadillo de Orihuela: This market is held every Tuesday morning in Orihuela City and is a great place to experience the authentic Spanish market atmosphere. It offers a wide variety of stalls selling everything from fresh produce to meat, cheese, and fish.

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