Pick up something unique in Lanzarote’s markets
A popular summer holiday destination for decades, Lanzarote is perhaps one of the most famous places to visit on Spain’s Canary Islands. Famed for its endless beaches, exceptional sunshine and a wondrous, almost fantastical volcanic landscape, there’s something that many visitors don’t realise about this exceptional island: it’s the perfect shopping destination.
So, if you’re looking to pick up an unforgettable keepsake of your Canary Island holiday, or just want to bring back something different for your loved ones, then here’s what you need to know about Lanzarote’s must-visit markets.
But why choose a market?
There are lots of places to shop on Lanzarote, and holidaymakers often go to well-known shops and brands, which offer something familiar and perhaps a reminder of home. However, Lanzarote’s open-air markets close to some of the more popular resorts are open to both holidaymakers and locals and offer so much more to visitors. So, depending on which market you choose, you can find something to suit everyone.
Clothes, jewellery and gifts
One of the advantages of going to one of Lanzarote’s open-air markets is that you will be able to find something handmade, unique and fun. The Marina Rubicon Market in Playa Blanca offers very upmarket jewellery, clothes, crafts and gifts and also gives visitors the option to visit the nearby Marina for a spot of food, drink and relaxation.
Elsewhere, the Marina Puerto Calero Market takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am and offers similar fare, from handmade local jewellery to colourful prints and other gifts that visitors will love.
If you want to sample some fresh local produce, then a trip to a fruit and vegetable market is an absolute must. The Recova Market in Arrecife takes place from Monday – Friday at 9am and on Saturday in Tias, and offers fresh local produce and gifts for very reasonable prices.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are also available at the Haria market every Saturday at 10am in the quiet and quite non-touristy town of Haria. Known as ‘The Valley of the Palms’ due to the town’s tradition of planting palms to celebrate the birth of a child, Haria’s market is small but impressive and offers lots of wonderful and tasty things to every visitor.
The Costa Teguise Market offers lots of items that make great souvenirs for friends and family back home. However, this market is unusual because it is held in the evening, which means you can enjoy some food, drinks and soak up some local atmosphere before, during and after you visit the market. You can attend this market every Friday from 5pm.
If you’d rather buy your souvenirs during the day, the Playa Blanca Market on Femes Road is a great place to find that perfect gift while you shop in the sunshine. It’s held at the same time as another market in Playa Blanca on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am, but it’s smaller and offers some truly fun souvenirs.
Have you been to a Lanzarote Market? Let us know in the comments!