Spain is home to the most magnificent markets some of them have been around for centuries. Besides, these marketplaces give you a chance for chatting with vendors and buying souvenirs for your friends and family, as well as you can find a variety of fresh products, seafood and meat, wines, and cheeses.
Here is our list of the top 9 most visited markets in Spain that you can enjoy while visiting this charming country.
1- Central Market, Valencia:
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Mercado Central in Valencia built-in the 1990s, the building decorated with magnificent stained glass, colorful mosaics, and large central domes with iron fixtures. Besides, this market is an Art Nouveau-style market with over 1,000 stalls selling a sort of Spanish produce and delicacies. Inhabitants often frequent this market to buy for fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, wines, and cheeses.
2- El Rastro Market, Madrid:
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El Rastro considered one of Madrid’s biggest markets, taking place each Sunday in the streets of Lavapies between 9 am and 3 pm. These open-air streets are crowded with people scanning more than 1,000 stands of El Rastro market. Besides, in this market place, you can find everything you want from antiques, book, flamenco attire, old furniture, clocks, and old clothes to kitchen appliances, and handbags. Besides, while you are discovering this market, you can taste the vermouth or local tapas in one of the surrounded cafés and bars.
3- Navidad Market, Plaza Mayor in Madrid:
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Since the 17th century Navidad market considered one of the most major Christmas markets in Madrid. Furthermore, the Plaza Mayor is packed with hundreds of booths shaped like wooden houses, fairy lights, and Christmas music. Additionally, the vendors are exceptional in musical handmade toys, instruments, and figurines for Nativity scenes, as well as Christmas trees and mistletoe. Besides, you can find other things like foodstuff, nougats, and sweets.
4- Els Encants Vells Flea Market, Barcelona:
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The market is one of Barcelona’s biggest and oldest in Europe dating back to the 14th century, it takes place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Besides, the market has a rich history making it one of the city’s top monuments. It holds over 500 stalls are set up under an open-sided structure with a mirrored canopy that reflects the stalls and crowds. Moreover, in this market, you can find everything including antiques, vintage clothes, books, modern appliances, underwear, and tools.
5- Alcaiceria, Granada:
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The Alcaiceria market in Granada runs along from Plaza Bib-Rambla to the Granada Cathedral. Besides, it was one of those old Moorish silk markets whose stalls filled the streets with fine silks, spices, and craftwork. Nowadays, this open-air marketplace still selling Arab textiles, painted ceramics (fajalauza) , clothing and stained-glass lamps.
6- Plaza Redonda Market, Valencia:
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Plaza Redonda is a weekly market held every Sunday in the center of Valencia since the 19th century. This market has a few stalls selling arts, ceramics, and authentic paella pans to take home with you. Make sure to have a pit stop in one of the surrounding tapas bars, where you can enjoy some local favorites and a cold beer or a chilled glass of vino.
7- San Miguel Market, Madrid:
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San Miguel is the most popular Madrid’s Market. It was built in 1916 and renovated in 2009 and located near to Plaza Mayor. Besides, it has over 30 stands selling fresh seafood, cured meat, wines, beers, pastries, and chocolate. Moreover, it opens each day from 10 am until midnight. You can find tapas bar within the market to indulge in some fresh oysters and classic Spanish delicacies such as patatas bravas and garlic shrimps (gambas al ajillo).
8- Ribera Market, Bilbao:
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Ribera market was built in 1930, and it has a unique place on the bank of Nervión River. Besides, it is well-known for its vast square that measures more than 10,000 meters which make it the biggest indoor market in Europe and the most complete municipal food market by the Guinness World Records.
Moreover, this Bilbao market is characterized by its large windows, Art Deco style, and latticework which makes this place a beautiful market that you must be visiting. Besides, the market has three floors and there you can find the best and freshest products of the sea and lands within the Basque Country: meats, fishes, fruits, fresh vegetables, mushrooms, cheeses, wines, flowers, pies, seeds, tinned or pickled food, etc.
9- Santa Caterina Market, Barcelona:
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Santa Caterina market is situated in the beautiful neighborhood of La Ribera and is the oldest indoor market in the city. This market is famous for its colorful and undulating roof which attracts many visitors around the year.
Moreover, you can find all fresh products including vegetables, fruits, meats, fishes and a large variety of Catalonian products as well as products from other Spanish regions like Galicia or Andalusia. This market holds inside a restaurant Cuines de Santa Caterina, which pretends to be a warehouse of gastronomic products and which offers both Catalonian and international food.