Weekly Markets around Orihuela Costa & Torrevieja
Street markets have been traditional in Spain since the late 19th century, where farm produce was typically sold to local residents. Fishermen and breeders of livestock welcomed the transition from previously disorganised sales of food and chattels accumulated on roads and pavements, to a more sanitary, organised environment. This developed from the setting up of stalls along the streets. The visual effect of a selection of colourful fruits and vegetables stacked carefully and sold alongside meat and fish, combined to tantalise the taste buds of locals and visitors alike.
Today that tradition continues and has evolved, in places like Orihuela Costa, into the sale of clothes and household provisions, accessories and appliances, alongside a tasty choice of edible fare. Customers barter with vendors, enquire about their selection of fresh produce and enjoy the value for money that goes hand in hand with buying at street markets. You will find markets for every day of the week in South Costa Blanca. Here are some of the best.
San Pedro del Pinatar – Monday
Markets in Spain generally open from 8 am to 1pm. San Pedro del Pinatar which is a fifteen minute drive south of Cabo Roig, has one every Monday. This traditional Spanish town, situated close to the beautiful Mar Menor, has stalls placed around Parque Condesa Villar de Felices in the streets named Calle Victor Pradera (Google Maps Link) and Calle Libertad (Google Maps Link). Enjoy eating tasty churros dipped in chocolate, while meandering through the many stalls, picking up bargains including bedding, flowers, pictures or fashionable outfits. Choose plants for your garden, fruit and veg for dinner but remember, select your own and hand them to the vendor or you could get lesser quality produce. Learning the tricks of the trade at Spanish markets can yield the reward of great food and merchandise at discounted prices.
San Miguel de Salinas – Wednesday
A 15 minute drive inland from Orihuela Costa reveals another authentically Spanish town, though smaller, no less interesting. Market day here, in San Miguel de Salinas, is held on a Wednesday along Calle Juan XX111 (Google Maps Link), where approximately 165 stalls offer fresh produce and general goods. Take a break from your shopping and meander towards a local bar. Have a coffee and brandy, Spanish style or simply sip a cool drink, depending on the time of year. Admire the pink hue of the local salt lakes and allow the sheer authenticity of the town to seep in, as you gaze at the 18th Century parish church presiding over the town square, Plaza Juan Carlos I.
Cabo Roig – Thursday
Cabo Roig’s weekly market is set up close to its coastal promenade, behind the Centro de Salud (Google Maps Link). Listen to the array of languages spoken amongst the customers ducking in and out of stalls. Sit and have an ice cream on one of the benches along the promenade and gaze out across the glistening Med as you rest your weary feet, surrounded with bags of bargains, during or after an exciting market experience.
Torrevieja – Friday
With La Zenia sitting between both Cabo Roig and Playa Flamenca, its residents and visitors have a choice of either of these weekly markets. However, should these days prove inconvenient, a short drive or bus ride north of La Zenia will take you to the town of Torrevieja, where the market is held on Friday mornings. Likely the largest in the area, it is well established, with approximately 700 stalls, in what was once a small fishing village, now a bustling tourist destination. Torrevieja’s popular Friday market is situated behind the town’s Aquapark on La Avenida de Delfina Viudes (Google Maps Link).
Playa Flamenca – Saturday
The day to experience the authentic Spanish cultural experience of a street market in Playa Flamenca is Saturday. With stalls set out along Calle Nicolas de Bussi (Google Maps Link), this market has grown hugely in recent years and offers a choice of food and a large range of goods including fashionable clothing. This popular Saturday market is local to bars and restaurants, where you can take a breather in the heat of the summer to consume a fresh drink or coffee. Once refreshed carry on, so as not to miss out on the variety of bargains. Always try to barter or check other stalls for cheaper priced, similar goods before making a final decision. Vendors enjoy a chat and try to speak your language. They love when you attempt to speak theirs but once they can communicate in some way, you’re guaranteed a fun experience.
Torrevieja Craft Market (every day)
Torrevieja also has a well established craft market, held every night from 8 pm to midnight on Paseo de la Libertad (Google Maps Link) with close to 100 stalls. This is a popular tourist attraction and both residents and visitors find themselves visiting, to peruse the delightful selection of art and creativity. What nicer way to complete an evening in Torrevieja than enjoying a leisurely stroll through the stalls, having savoured a tasty meal or indeed cocktails in one of the many establishments in this traditionally Spanish town.