Well that’s an easy one – forget about the tourist haunts and head to Malaga’s Central Market. The Mercado Central de Atarazanas occupies a site that has been in use since the 14th century. Starting out as an Arabic shipyard with water all the way to the entrance, it later served as a convent, military fort and hospital. In the 1870’s, it became a market. The place was revamped – ironwork was inspired by Mercado de les Halles in Paris and fortunately the original 14th century archway was preserved.
The market was again updated in 2008, with the addition of a spectacular stained-glass window.
Once inside, you will savour all the sights, sounds, smells and colours of a vibrant market. The 260 stalls are arranged into 3 areas – fruit / veg, fish, meats / deli – and are usually passed down from generation to generation. The market is a great showcase for local seasonal produce.
Its a great place for lunch after your browsing – the bars and restaurants serve everything from tapas to full plates.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 8.00am – 2.00/ 3.00pm
NOTE – The seafood department – which is the most interesting – is closed on Mondays (there is no fishing on Sundays)
Other Markets: I only came across one other -it was on Sunday evening down at the Marina – lots of clothes and crafts. Actually had a lot of nice stuff and people were buying.
16 thoughts on “Malaga in a hurry – So you’ve time for only one Market…”
We were there earlier this year. So nice! I’m ready to go back!
We love visiting local markets and seeing people get on with their day, it’s also a great introduction to different regional foods and beverages! Thanks for sharing, Malaga Market with its beautifully stained glass window certainly is an amazing place, both inside and out. Have a good day 😀 Aiva
I love watching people shop in food markets and the interaction with the stallholders. Definitely more of a buzz than in my local Tesco and Lidl!!
What a lovely market! The stained-glass window is beautiful. Based on your pictures, I can totally get a sense that the seafood department was the most interesting food section.
Yes – the seafood draws great crowds – both locals and tourists alike.
Marvellous photos, you had me drooliing over the hams and olives.
mmmm…. washed down with a glass or two of the local vino….
Technicolour ! Full of history ! Can actually taste the Jamon and olives—
We’ll do lunch there sometime Teresa!!
Super nice photos! We spent a couple of days in Malaga in late April and loved it.
Glad you enjoyed it…Since getting home I’ve actually met quite a few people who visited Malaga at some stage and all have been very positive about it,
Fabulous blog! Thanks for stopping by mine! Have you done one on Scotland?
Thank you for your support – No haven’t written about Scotland yet. Its been 5 /6 years since we were last there so definitely due a visit. On that occasion we flew to Prestwick, rented a car and did a loop via Fort William and Inverness. Would love to go back for some walking.
We are heading there at the end of August for a couple of weeks. I am taking a Scottish Gaelic course at UNC this spring!
Good for you – Go n-éirí leat (Good luck in ‘Irish Gaelic!!)