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.