Grab a bargain at the markets in Costa del Sol
Locals and tourists alike love the markets in the Costa del Sol. Think ‘boot sale’, ‘flea market’ and ‘street market’ all rolled into one and you’ll have some idea of what to expect. You never know what you might find at the markets though – colourful ceramics, Spanish linen, fresh fruit and vegetables, cheap shoes, bargain clothing, jewellery, watches – the list goes on.
So if you’re planning a Costa del Sol holiday, we’ve done a bit of investigating to see where you’ll find the best markets and what kind of gems you could pick up along Spain’s sunny southern coast.
Benalmadena Costa Market
If you’re staying at the Sunset Beach Club Apartments in Benalmadena you’re only a 20-minute walk away from the Benalmadena Costa Market in the Paloma Park. A local flea market held on a Wednesday, you’ll find a range of gadgets, souvenirs and clothes to browse.
Barriada de La Luz & Barriada de las Campanillas
Take a trip up the coast from resorts like Torremolinos to visit the Barriada de La Luz & Barriada de las Campanillas, a short drive away in Malaga. These neighbourhood street markets are both held on a Monday and give an authentic feel for the region’s daily life and people. Malaga’s Central Market, Atarazanas, also has a beautiful stained glass building and is the place to go for fresh fish, pickles and produce, open from Monday to Saturday.
Halfway between the Polynesia Hotel and Aparthotel Myramar you’ll find the Fuengirola Market. It’s held near the Fuengirola Mosque and the Sohail Castle on a Sunday and flogs leather goods, tourist souvenirs and plenty of gifts for you and for the folks back home. Fuengirola is well known as a haven for craft fiends and the vendors create interesting and unique pieces for you to buy every week at the markets.
Why not rise early with the sun and try the Marbella Market on a Monday morning? Here you’ll find a little bit of everything so keep an open mind and have some fun! More niche wares can be found at Marbella Artisan Market, where antiquing and hunting for one-of-a-kind souvenirs is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Mijas Street Market
The Mijas Street Market is only 10-minutes away from the resorts of Fuengirola and the 115 stalls of shoes, clothes, handicrafts and foods are open every Wednesday and Saturday in La Cala de Mijas fairground. While in the area, explore the traditional village of Mijas Pueblo, some 20 minutes drive into the mountains, for further rummaging amongst craft shops tucked in between cobbled lanes.
Most markets are open from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Make sure to double check all the days with your holiday rep in case they’ve changed and keep an eye out for any signs advertising smaller ad hoc ones, too.
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