Especially in these times of austerity, everyone is searching for a bargain.
Open-air street markets offer a true cultural experience, where you can really get amongst the locals whilst trying to make your euros stretch that bit further. Prices may not always be clearly marked so you may be able to negotiate a lower price. It´s worth a try – you can always walk away.
The stalls are often covered with makeshift shades to protect the goods and customers from the fierce heat of the sun.
Spanish street markets are more informal than supermarkets, but bear in mind that the vendors are salespeople, not just cashiers, so they may approach you to sell goods you may or may not want. Keep smiling!
Click HERE to discover where and when there are street markets in the Axarquía area, east of Málaga.
This post is my response to the Travel Theme: On Display
Streetmarkets around the Axarquía – when and where
Cost of Living in Spain – east of Málaga
So many things and so many colors! You don’t know where to look first! I would love to spend time wandering around this market! 🙂
I´m sure you have similar ones, don´t you Ioanna?
Yeap, the truth is we do! 😀
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Such vivid colours Marianne, they really capture the market spirit! I loved Spanish markets, they´re just filled with life, I love the characters you meet, the smell of the churros and the bargins you find just add to the experience! Great post, G 🙂
They ARE filled with life, you are quite right, Giana 🙂
OMG …. the colors are playful and bright. The variety of things you’ve dispalyed here are incredible. First, let me say that I found a Spanish fan at an antique ahop and had to buy it. I knew that I’d never get to Spain. I love it for when I am at an outdoor concert in the park and use it. People always glare. As an artist, I realize that I do unique things that people don’t often see. For example, I wear cotton or lace, white or black gloves in the evenings. The vegetables look so yummy and fresh,too. The olives – my favorites, especially if they are stuffed with garlic – are yummy. I could go on and on. I am ready to fly it all looks so scrumptious. You have done an amazing job in creating a feast for our eyes.
All the women here carry fans to match their outfits. I have them in many colours – and on the street markets, like the ones I photographed, you would only pay around €2 each for them!
When I travel back to England I sometimes take a fan with me, and people stare at me when I use it – HA! LET THEM!
I hope you do travel to Spain one day, Isadora. As an artist you would absolutely fall in love with the diverse scenery, culture, cities and way of life.
Thank you for your very kind comment and continued support 🙂
Marianne, This is an explosion of colors mixed with food aroma. I am very familiar with this type of market, I am Italian and have the same in Italy.
Yes, that´s right, Valentina, there are many such markets in other countries. That´s why I love to visit as many markets as I can when I am travelling.
Thank you for your comment.
Love to read you, Marianne.
I love these images. They have truly brightened up my dull morning at work – I have enjoyed [quite] a few minutes whisked away to the other side of the world doing my favourite thing, wandering through a market, a fantastic market at that 🙂
That´s one of the fantastic benefits of the internet, isn´t it? Vicarious travel when we need it most 🙂
I´m glad I could brighten your day, EllaDee.
Are there any similar markets in Sydney?
There are lots of markets, and farmers markets are skyrocketing in popularity… but the closest I can think of at the moment to what I think you’d like is Marrickville Markets on Addison Road which are on a Sunday morning 🙂
I´m flying out to Sydney on 20th November for six weeks – so I must give this a try 🙂 Thanks!
I think you also from a previous post I did have Eveleigh Markets on your list – http://www.eveleighmarket.com.au/ . Usually in December they have a Christmas market/lunch.
Bellissimo e coloratissimo post !
Just fabulous photos!
Talk about olive overdose, wow!
You know what? I don´t even like olives! 😉
Fair enough. You don’t spit the pips at people, you throw the olive at them, ha ha.
Lovely share, Marianne. I really enjoyed your vivid photos. 🙂
…and I´m glad you enjoyed them, Sylvia 🙂
Beautiful and colourful! I love these pics 🙂
Thanks for your comment, Dianne – much appreciated 🙂
Great photos, so vivid.
How beautifully colorful! My favorite has to be the one with the herbs and spices – gosh!
What a wonderful selection of colorful displays!
I´m sure you would enjoy strolling around here 🙂
Something fascinating and enlivening about colourful markets filled with wonders 🙂
They´re great, aren´t they? 🙂
Beautiful! I adore those spotty shoes. Do they come in adult sizes? I feel like I’ve had a trip to Spain looking at your pics. Thank you.
Sorry to disappoint you SueAnn – they are just for children 😉
Marianne you sure knocked it out of the ball park with these – amazing images
What a lovely comment, Jo – thank you so much 🙂
Wow cherries, it’s been months since i had cherries!
…and so cheap too, Gilly!
What colorful displays at this street market! I would be enticed by everything, especially those fans, the bulbous green onions, and those cute sundresses, not to mention those crazy polka-dot shoes. 🙂
Everyone loves the shoes! They are what the little girls here wear with their flamenco dresses 🙂
Such beautiful and colorful displays. It draws the eye right in. 🙂
You´d have a great time with your camera here, Angelia 🙂
Excellent shots Marianne, and such a variety on your markets 🙂
Thanks Paula. You´re right, there is lots of variety 🙂
Great displays and wonderful colors! Well done!
Thanks Amy, always appreciate your comments and support 🙂
As colourful as a Fiesta! But … are there bargains to be had for those who’re battling the GEC?
Oh yes – always bargains! 🙂
That’s good – real markets then – as well as being as colourful as a fiesta 🙂
My idea of heaven is a stroll though a local market – would have spent hours here and probably a small fortune too
I always dive straight into local markets, wherever I am in the world. Absolutely love them 🙂
Oh….those olives! Those spices! Thank you for this post, Marianne. There are few things better than an outdoor market. If I could leap on a plane this rainy morning, I would!
The spices, fresh fruit and veg – and the olives smell so good, too!
The clarity and colors are just amazing. Reaching in an taking an onion, I need one. 🙂
Help yourself 😉
Great pictures – love the colours!
Thanks Andrew 🙂
wonderful pictures! looks very similar to our markets – Loulé has a fantastic large market every Saturday like this – which reminds me – I need to go shopping! 🙂
have a lovely weekend
I love wandering around street markets 🙂
Have a great weekend, Alyson!
What a fun and colourful market! Love the polka dot shoes!
The little girls wear them with their lovely flamenco dresses 🙂
I want a pair! 🙂
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