To many people, the Spanish market is part of the holiday. You
can usually buy better quality, and cheaper, fruit and vegetables thanthe fruit
and veg in the shops.
The open air markets also sell bric a brac from carpets to shoes clothing, to jewellery to toys. On non-food purchases, don't hesitate to bargain; the stall holders seem to want to get involved in the chit chat of bargaining
The Maraira market opens every Friday around 9 am, or earlier, and closes at lunchtime. In winter it will depend on the westher as to how many stalls turn up, and what time they close.
Moraira Market - every Friday morning just inland of the shops, on part of the town car park. It is an an enjoyable experience to wander up and down the rows of stalls. Most sorts of fruit and vegetables are available, including dried fruits, nuts, herbs and spices. All the food stalls are together at the southern end of the market. Fruit and vegetables are obviously seasonal. We tend to buy a 5 kilo net of local oranges every week in winter and have a glass of fresh OJ for breakfast every morning with our breakfast. As this is Spain all fresh produce is early in the year. Strawberries arrive in February.
The other end of the market has the non food produce like clothing, shoesand other household goods. Leather goods are especially good value, but a leather belt, and the vendor will cut it to fit you exactly. There are handbags, carpets, ceramics, well just about everything except furniture.
Teulada Market - The traditional weekly market takes place every Wednesday morning in Teulada. It is a small, very "Spanish" market, with a quite extensive range of produce and tends not to be as crowded as Moraira. As more of the purchasers are local Spanish rather then tourists or ex-pats, the prices are lower then in the Moraira market. They sell fruit, vegetables, nuts, dried fruits, herbs and spices plus some non food items.
The Local Street Markets
||A a busy town market close to the railway station.|
|Tuesday||Altea||The largest market in the area, on the seafront.|
|Wednesday||Teulada||A more Spanish market. Mainly fruit and vegetables|
|Benidorm||A large and busy market catering more for tourists.|
|Thursday||Javea||In the Old Town. Fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, plus some furniture.|
|Friday||Moraira||Small and very busy. Very good local fruit and vegetables, gifts, clothing.|
|Saturday||Benissa||Small, Spanish.market in the old town|
|Sunday||Teulada||A car-boot sale or "rastro". Practically anything sold including good secondhand furniture and antiques. The market is at the Poligono Industrial de Teulada every Sunday from 8:00 - 14:00|
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