Colourful, bustling street-markets are very much a part of everyday life here in Andalucía, for both locals and tourists alike. Every day of the week there is an open-air market in one or other of the pretty white villages or towns in the area.
Items for sale include brightly painted pottery, locally grown fruit and sometimes irregularly-shaped vegetables, spices, olives and nuts, as well as clothing, handbags, shoes and jewellery.
Often the slowly shuffling crowd will come to a complete standstill, as a new baby (much to the delight of his young mother) is fussed over and kissed by a multitude of Spanish women, amid cries of “guapo” (which means that the baby is gorgeous!), totally oblivious to all around them.
When waiting to be served at a busy fruit and vegetable stall, with customers standing several deep all around, you just have to stand your ground and shout up when you think it´s your turn, or the little old ladies wearing black will surely push their way in front of you!
These photos were taken at the street-market at Caleta de Vélez, but this is a fairly typical scene across the Axarquía. It is wonderful to buy such fresh, locally-grown fruit and vegetables.
Beats the supermarkets any day, with good prices too!
Why not visit a local market today? There’s sure to be one!
MONDAY: Torrox pueblo and Torrox Costa
TUESDAY: Nerja, Trapiche (Farmers Market)
WEDNESDAY: Algarrobo Costa, Rincón de la Victoria
THURSDAY: Frigiliana, Torre Del Mar, Vélez-Málaga
FRIDAY: Almuñecar, La Cala Del Moral (Rincón de la Victoria)
SATURDAY: Cómpeta, Caleta de Vélez, El Palo (Málaga)
SUNDAY: Nerja (Car Boot)
Where’s your favourite street-market, and why? Do you know of any others in the Axarquía?
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You havent mentioned the lovely well stocked and friendly Monday market in Torrox Pueblo not as big as Torrox Costa but the welcome is one of the best a young couple have a clothes stall with up to the minute fashions at great prices take a look.Location is down the side of the Police station just ask anyone in the village
Carolina M resident
Quite right, Caroline – I’ve edited the post to add Torrox pueblo. Thanks for pointing out my omission 🙂
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