Costa Blanca Markets
If you are a tourist visiting the Costa Blanca markets may not be something that is on your list of “to do’s”. However it is a great way to see some real Spanish culture and buy some delicious fruit, vegeatables, seafood, flowers and grab a bargain.
The abundance and variety of seafood on the Costa Blanca is astonishing. Fish is often grilled or fried or used in one of many Alicante rice dishes. The place to get that fish is the local market.
Also the Costa Blanca has been known as the “orchard of Spain”. The Costa Blanca produces vast quantities of fruit and vegetables, including oranges and lemons, almonds, grapes and my favourites - olives. Markets are a great place to see what the Costa Blanca has to offer.
Alicante itself has a market that operates from the ‘Central Market’ building. A stunning art-deco building on the Avenida de Alfonso. Here you will find a great variety of goods on offer. Little tip for you - try not to wretch when you pass the skinned bunny carcases with eyes - seriously!
Costa Blanca villages and towns hold markets on different days throughout the week.
Some favourite markets of mine are as follows;
1 Alicante - has to be first. The Central Market building is a piece of history and very unusual. A lovely place to shop, atmospheric and a riot of food.
2 Calpe holds a fish auction at 5pm every Monday to Friday. Great to watch.
3 Santa Pola holds a large outdoor market every Saturday.
4 La Nucia holds a Sunday market in the backdrop of stunning Polp.
5 Benidorm - The Wednesday market is not too ‘touristy’ and has great bargains.
6 La Vila Joiosa (Villajoyosa) - colourful Sunday market with loads of art and antiques. Don’t forget this town has been making chocolate for the last 300 years, so whilst here go to the chocolate tasting museum - they have tastings!
7 Altea - Held every evening in the Summer in the Plaza Iglesia at the top of the old village. An art market.
8 Elx (Elche) Weekly market is held on Mondays.
9 Polop - Bric-a-brac market every Saturday morning. Pretty town, really picturesque.
10 Gata de Gorgos - Features local crafts, including traditional wicker, straw crafts, garden furniture, straw baskets and sun hats.
To find out more about Costa Blanca Markets we have further information, pictures and video of markets within the Costa Blanca.
Have a look and prepare for your first visit to the nearest one to you!