Markets are an integral part of everyday life in Spain. Although the supermarkets here are excellent, many Spaniards still do their weekly fresh produce shopping at the local market. They don't go for the washed and pre-packed produce, but rather the far cheaper, fresh out the ground produce sold by the kilo. You may have to wash and trim your fruit and vegetables but great savings can be made when buying this way. The vast majority of markets in Orihuela Costa offer countless fresh produce stalls with a fantastic choice of tasty and healthy goods.
Orihuela Costa Markets
Holidaymakers may not be too interested in kilos of fresh produce, but there's many other items on offer at the various Orihuela Costa markets where great savings can be made. Extra virgin olive oils are a good buy to take home. These can be bought in various quantities, flavours and qualities. All sorts of leather goods are of excellent quality and tend to be great value. Hand embroidered table cloths, place mats and napkins are popular. Superb shoes come from the famous factories of Elche, and the delicatessen foods are particularly delicious.
Playa Flamenca Market
This is the most centrally located of all the Orihuela Costa markets. Situated along Calle Nicolas de Bussi, this popular market is open every Saturday morning from about 9am. Visitors will find an excellent variety of stalls. These include non consumables, fresh produce, delicatessen and tempting food & drink stalls. Further drinking and dining options can be found in the surrounding bars and restaurants. Celtic Isle Bar & Restaurant has a lovely swimming pool.
San Miguel Market
The traditional village of San Miguel is located inland on the outskirts of Orihuela Costa. The market sets up every Wednesday morning from around 8.30am in the central streets around Calle Juan XXIII. Fresh produce, delicatessen, general goods, clothing and much more can be found on the market stalls. The village has some great little tapas bars and a large municipal swimming pool. If visiting in the evening be sure to try a meal in Las Cuevas Restaurant. This wonderfully unique restaurant is built in a series of caves with a charming courtyard area.
This is one of the largest markets on the Costa Blanca and very popular. Previously located in Torrevieja City centre, the market has now moved to Av. Delfina Viudes, behind Aquopolis Water Park. The market is open every Friday morning from around 9am. Delicatessen, fresh produce and food & drink stalls take up the back area. To the front, closer to the gates are the non consumables and general products. There is a handy bus stop a few metres from the gate.
Lemon Tree Market
Located on the outskirts of Orihuela Costa near the town of Guardamar, Lemon Tree Market also goes by the name of El Raso Market. It's open every Sunday from 09:00 – 14:00 and boasts around 400 stalls. With its rural setting, fresh produce feature highly at the market. It also has the usual offerings of clothing, leather goods, electrical and electronic goods, homeware, toys, jewellery, arts & crafts, fake designer wear and bric-a-brac. It differs somewhat from other markets with a separate cooked food area, delightfully reminisce of a German beer garden.
Also on the Outskirts of Orihuela Costa just off the CV-940, Zoco Market is open every Sunday from 08:00 – 14:00. Visitors may wish to wear a hat and sun cream during summer as there is very little shade. The stalls are laid out in an orderly fashion and do offer some respite from the sun. There is a great selection of both fresh produce and non-consumables. Delicatessen and cooked food stalls and wagons serve up a great choice of tasty bites and beverages.
The little town of Almoradi lies about 6 kilometres inland from Guardamar. For a small town, Almoradi boasts one of the most popular markets on the Costa Blanca. It has a delightful setting in the little alleys and streets around the picturesque church square. It was even declared a Place of Provincial Tourist Interest in 2011. It opens every Saturday morning from 09:00 – 14:00. For a refreshing swim, why not head to the lovely sports centre after browsing the stalls. Around the swimming pool are areas to enjoy a picnic or there's an on-site cafe.
Practically every village, town and city in Spain boasts some sort of market. Visitors to Orihuela Costa can head inland or along the coast in both directions to explore the smaller more traditional markets. Benidorm has a very large one and also an extremely popular antiques market known as El Cisne that features indoor and outdoor stalls and live music.