Markets in Torrevieja
Fresh Cheap Produce
Markets have been a tradition in Spain for thousands of years, way before the first independent shops began to appear in the country, markets where the sole source of buying and trading goods and produce and the place where local farmers and fishermen as well as foreign traders came to sell their wares. To this day many of Spain’s markets provide a practical way to buy fresh, cheap produce and not just the bric-a-brac and trinkets sold in many modern day markets around the world.
Friday Morning Market
Throughout Torrevieja there are many small independent stalls selling fruit, vegetables, flowers and a range of homemade items, indeed anything to put bread on the table. For visitors to the city, the main markets are the big attraction and Torrevieja has 3. Every Friday morning there is a huge market boasting over 1,200 stalls selling a wide range of fresh produce, clothing, household items and much more. There is an indoor market, known locally as Mercado Central La Plasa, that specialises in fresh fish and seafood although there are many other excellent products on offer including meat, poultry, pickles and preserves. There is a further indoor market that is more a collection of small independent shops offering various products and services than actual market stalls. On the beach front promenade near the harbour there is a night market, also referred to as the craft or hippy market where hand crafted goods such as jewellery, leather items and pottery are sold as well as clothing, toys and mobile phone accessories.
Other Markets Near Torrevieja
A 10 minute drive from Torrevieja is the popular Playa Flamenca Saturday market, similar to Torrevieja Friday market but smaller in size and with less fresh produce and practical items, as it is geared mainly towards tourists. The nearby town of Guardamar del Segura has a Wednesday morning market with around 450 stalls, Sunday morning market with over a 1000 stalls and a small nightly market with about 50 stalls. Located in a rural setting near the town of Quesada is the well established Zoco market, held on Sunday mornings and offering a good selection of stalls and products.