Street markets and flea markets are part of the Andalucian experience for many visitors, where prices are low and bargains can be found.
Rummaging in a flea market and parting with cash for clothes and beach towels in hot summer colours are favourite pastimes of visitors to the numerous street markets in Andalucia.
Leather goods and shoes have always been popular alongside the cheap and cheerful suitcases that will probably last just one journey! Stalls laden with cut price flamenco and pop CD’s are strategically placed and their music drifts around the whole market enhancing that lightheaded holiday feeling.
The authorities are beginning to crack down on counterfeit goods on sale in markets, but things happen quite slowly in Andalucia and copies of designer bags and sunglasses are still on sale.
The Andalucian Street Markets Sell Tasty Alternatives to Clothes and Shoes
The fruit and vegetable stalls are a delight and always surrounded by the locals and inquisitive visitors. The colourful, fresh produce is good value and all comes daily from local orchards and market gardens in the area.
Visitors looking for dried fruit mixtures, nuts of all varieties, and sugary sickly coloured sweets will not be disappointed. Slightly healthier though are the stalls selling olives and pickled vegetables.
Drums of olives stuffed with pimiento, anchovy, garlic, almond, or small gherkins, are deliciously fresh. The larger olives, split and marinated with thyme and garlic are excellent
Appetising aromas waft from the herbs and spices stalls, where mixes are on sale for creating any dish you like. This means that the delicious paella enjoyed on the beach restaurant could be achieved at home with just one mix of herbs and spices.
Bartering is not normally done in Spanish markets as most things are fixed priced. However close to closing time, or when you buy in bulk, it is worth a try. Nowadays of course more and more stallholders are Moroccan, and they seem to enjoy bartering!
Most of these markets are open from 9am-2pm and generally the same stalls appear at every market on the coast. They sell fresh fruit and vegetables and a good range of clothes, shoes, accessories, toys, and most things to attract tourists.
The flea markets tend to sell only second hand goods with a mixture of antiques, bric a brac and clothes.
Most are held on fairgrounds, so during the feria time, some markets might be cancelled. The local tourist offices or press will give information.
Coastal Resort Street Markets
Torremolinos holds its market on Thursday on the fairground. On Sunday a car boot sale is held near the auditorium
Benalmadena (Arroyo de la Miel) has a large market on Friday on the Tivoli car park. On Wednesday is a car boot sale near the Paloma Park.
Mijas – Las Lagunas on Saturday a large street market on the Camino de Coín. Mijas Pueblo has a daily indoor market selling fresh produce: Parking in the multi storey car park, a 10 minute walk.
Fuengirola has a large Tuesday market and a Saturday flea market, both held on the fairground. On Sunday, a smaller market is held near the Mosque, in the direction of the castle.
La Cala de Mijas holds two weekly markets, Wednesday and Saturday, both held on the fairground. Another is planned for Thursday.
Urbanisation Calypso on Mijas Costa is planning the return of their street market, no dates yet.
Las Chapas, nr Elviria on western outskirts of Marbella, holds a small friendly market on the side of the A7.
Marbella’s market day is Monday with a large market held on the fairground. Close by is
Puerto Banus where there is a popular flea/antique market on Saturdays, located around the bullring area of Nueva Andalucia
San Pedro de Alcantara is a traditional town undergoing complete transformation and road improvements. Its street market is held on Thursdays, on the fairground.
Estepona has its street market in the town centre on Wednesdays, while in the port on Sundays is a flea market.
Close by is Puerto de la Duquesa where a Sunday car boot sale is held.
Sabanillas is a large sea side town on the A7 on the way down to Gibraltar. The street market is held on Fridays on the Paseo and a car boot sale is held on the fairground on Sundays.
La Linea is the border town with Gibraltar and on the open ground close to the crossing is a Wednesday street market.
Local market days for Almeria towns
Antas, Berja, Huercal Overa
Albox, Cuevas del Almanzora, Los Gallardos
Bedar, Lubrin, Mojacar, Velez Blanco
Carboneras, Cuevas del Almanzora, Olula del Rio, Sorbas
Garrucha, Turre, Zurgena
Villaricos, San Juan de los Terreros – summer only
Arboleas, Tijola, Velez Rubio, Vera
Street Markets are Busy and Colourful Places
The Spanish street markets are full of colourful stalls, packed with visitors and tempting things to buy. Flamenco and Spanish pop music blare out from the CD stalls and there is always plenty of diversion. Beware of pickpockets as they do well in this type of environment!