11 September, 2013

Street markets in and around the Orihuela Costa

Like most of Spain and the Costa Blanca, the Orihuela Costa and it’s neighbouring areas have a lot of daily or weekly markets, where the sights, sounds, smells and colours of the Costa Blanca are on display to everyone.

On the Orihuela Costa, the best known is probably Playa Flamenca market, every Saturday from about 8.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m., offering everything that you could possibly dream of, from fresh fruits and vegetables to breads and creamy cakes and pastries, flowers, clothing, toys, household goods, leather goods, prints and paintings, jewelery, music, locally farmed cheeses, locally produces “jamon’s” and the list could go on.
The thrill of the bargaining is what attracts many people to the markets, having a bit of banter with the stall holder, trying to get the price down to what suits your needs and most importantly for many, getting your own way.
At the end of the day, happy shoppers go home with their hard earned bargains and the stallholders still get those all important sales.

There is a maket on somewhere in the area every day, we have listed below a small selection of the best known markets in the area, but the local press produces full lists weekly.

Orihuela Market (Tuesdays) 8.00 – 14.00 approx.
Around Mercadona, Orihuela City.
Very local market, you won’t see too many ex-pats or tourists here, so possibly a great market to get those delicious fresh fruits and vegetables a bit cheaper and get the chance to practice your Spanish and see this beautiful and historical city at the same time.

San Miguel de Salinas (Wednesdays) 07.00 – 14.00 approx.
Market St. and surrounding streets. San Miguel de Salinas.
Small, mostly local market, with a broad range of local produce and services on offer.
Parking gets full quickly, so aim to get there early.

Torrevieja Market (Fridays) 07.00 – 14.00 approx.
Just off of Avenida Cortes Valencianas, this is reputed to be the biggest markets in the area, theCosta Blanca and possibly Spain.
Around 1500 stalls of  EVERYTHING

Playa Flamenca (Saturdays) 8.00 – 14.00 approx.
Starts / Ends at the Celtic Isle.
Around 1.5 km long, with wide spaces between the stalls.
Plenty of parking in Town Hall Car Park (next to Mercadona, Playa Flamenca).


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