Markets in Costa Blanca North

There are markets to visit daily along the Costa Blanca North. They usually start trading around 9-10am and wind down around 2pm. Although people may tell you that stall holders will not barter, I can categorically state that if you offer a price that you think is fair, and it provides him with a profit, it’s likely to be accepted. If both the seller and the purchaser can walk away smiling, then a deal will be struck.

The goods available to you are myriad, from clothing, sunglasses, hats and shoes, to towels and bed linen, not forgetting ceramic pots, dishes and ornaments. Of course fresh fruit and vegetables are there in abundance too, along with spices and dried fruits.

It’s true to say, that prices are substantially cheaper away from tourist hotspots, so it’s worth a visit to some of the less well known locations. To help you plan your market schedule, here are the locations for each day.

·      Mon – DENIA (next to Mercadona supermarket)

·      Tue – ALTEA (at the top of the town)

·      Wed – TEULADA (Calle Alicante)

·      Wed – BENIDORM (Near Pueblo Hotel in Levante Beach area)

·      Thu – JAVEA (In the Old Town)

·      Fri – MORAIRA (just off Carretera Moraira Calpe, in town centre)

·      Fri – GATA DE GORGOS (this is a typical Spanish food market)

·      Sat – BENISSA (near to "Cathedral of the Marina”)

·      Sat – CALPE (Avenida del Norte)

·      Sun – PEDREGUER (known as "rastro” market, it’s located on the industrial estate. Here you’ll find second hand goods too – handy if you’re trying to furnish somewhere within a tight budget)

·      Sun – JESUS POBRE (In the town, just off the main road through it. I confess this is my favourite, though it’s quite small.  There are few tourists and mainly Spanish people frequent it. In the summer it’s held in the early evening. In the autumn/winter, it switches to morning)

It’s true to say that every town in the area is likely to host a market during the week. Here are a few more for you to keep in mind – Parcent and Callosa (Monday); La Nucia (Sunday and Monday); Pego and Lliber (Sunday); Polop and Benitachell (Wednesday); Benidoleig (Thursday); Villajoyosa (Thursday and Sunday too); Alfaz del Pi and Finestrat (Friday) and Jalon (Saturday)

There will most likely be coffee available and churros stalls, selling freshly made Spanish doughnuts. Most stall holders will invite you to taste their fruit before you buy, so you’ll need to complete several laps of the market, at a trot, to compensate for all this intake.

Undoubtedly, everyone will enjoy the buzz and bustle of any of these markets and it will surely make a pleasant change from the beach, but just one word of caution is needed, however. Crowds, in any country are a magnet for light fingered people keen to relieve you of money and valuables. Be sure to make the day a rotten and unsuccessful one for them.  If you know anyone visiting the Northern Costa Blanca feel free to send them a link to this article.

Posted by on Tuesday 24th September 2013

Anthony Bloom is the founder of the Moraira based Spanish Property Sales C.B business.
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