There are markets and flea markets all over the Costa Del Sol every day of the week. They can be good fun if you are here on holiday with all the usual latest crazes for kids and adults. They generally all sell the same stuff, but if you go to a market where there are more locals, San Pedro for example, you will find more stalls with flowers, fruit and veg, herbs and spices. If you go to Puerto Banus, thats where you will get all the fake designer watches, jewellery, handbags and clothing as it is geared more towards the tourists.
The Markets generally open at 9am, maybe a little earlier and aim to close around 2pm. Should it be raining, larger stall do have covers and will set up, some other stall holders may decide not to bother or call it day a bit earlier. There are lots of other little Art & Craft Markets along the Coast, but as you can imagine its so hard to keep up to date with everything, so further down the pagewe have listed all the main Costa Del Sol Markets.
As well as all the traditional Markets there are also some fabulous food markets all along the Coast, where you can buy fantastic fruit, veg, meat and fish, one of our favourites is in Marbella above the Car Park at the top of the Old Town, but you will find these in all the areas along the Costa Del Sol, just ask any local.
Other one we found was in Malaga which was amazing. The fish was presented beautifully and looked so good you wanted to buy, take it home and cook it. They really do display all the produce in a stunning way where its almost like a piece of art.
The variety of fish, shellfish, meats, poultry, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices was unbelievable, produce you just don’t seem to find in the shops here. It´s not particularly cheap but definitely well worth it.
You can see more photos of the Malaga Food Market here.
Our first experience of one of these Markets was in Madrid, called Mercado San Miguel, very close to the Palace. If you are ever there, it is well worth a visit. A really busy, cool place to sit, drink, eat and relax.
A huge variety of food stalls to choose from and the choices of wines, cheeses and olives is incredible. At the fish counters you can choose your fish and they will cook it for you right there in front of you!
They have tried to open 2 similar here on the Costa Del Sol that we know of. If there are more, please do let us know. The first is Ambrosia in Puerto Banus, next to Iceland. Its relatively new and has a few food stalls inside and a large terrace outside. In the evenings they often have some form of entertainment.
Another one we came across just the other day is in Malaga called Mercado Merced which is in Plaza de Merced in Malaga. We really liked it here, its perfect when you all fancy something different. You could choose from sushi, burgers, hams, cheeses, croquettes, paellas and lots more but you all sit in the same place where you will be served drinks from the bar.
For all other shopping you have Plaza Mayor in Malaga, close to the Airport, Miramar Centre in Fuengirola, La Canada in Marbella, Marina Banus in Puerto Banus and of course all the El Corte Ingles Stores along the Coast.
If you have any questions about these or know of any other markets on the Costa Del Sol, come and chat with us on Facebook.