Torrevieja Friday Market
The new Torrevieja Friday Market has now opened its gates as of the 12th May 2017. It has been a very long time coming, and a blessing to the residents surrounding the old market location. Being in an very busy area of the city, the old market caused untold problems. Traffic congestion, diverted bus routes, early morning noise and tonnes of rubbish are thankfully now a thing of the past for these previously disgruntled residents.
The new location of Torrevieja Friday Market, although no longer a ‘street' scene, makes much more sense. Parking is conveniently on site, Traffic is easily controlled, police officers are on duty, congestion is less, and with pick-pocketing not so easy it's far more family friendly.
Torrevieja Friday Market Location
The market is now on Av. Delfina Viudes, behind Aquopolis Water Park and in front of the Vicente Garcia football stadium. There is a bus from the city centre on Calle Apolo that stops directly outside the stadium. This is also the stop for buses back to the city centre. Buses run every 20 minutes from 08:00 am – 01:30 pm. The bus is marked Linea (Route) H. Market Bus. There is sufficient parking within the market grounds although in peak season it may get busy.
Torrevieja Friday Market Layout
Torrevieja Friday Market is basically laid out in a large square with two entrances. Ablutions are located next to both entrances as well as a small children's playground. The majority of general goods stalls are close to the entrances. Towards the back of the market are the fresh produce and food and drink stalls. Other than at the food and drink stalls there is very little seating. Although much easier to negotiate, the absence of any shade or trees makes it very uncomfortable during the summer heat. So come prepared, especially if you have kids.
Due to the smaller size of the new location, the amount of stalls has been reduced by about a third. This has however eliminated some of the stalls selling identical items. It also makes browsing the market more pleasurable. It's a clever idea to locate the food and drink stalls as well as the fresh produce stalls at the back of the market. This means visitors can browse the lighter weight general goods first, before maybe having a drink and snack. Then, when well fortified, it's just a matter of stocking up on the heavier fresh produce before heading home.
Torrevieja Friday Market Stalls
Browsing the market visitors will find an excellent range of clothing to suit all tastes and age groups. Those on a budget can pick through mounds of second hand clothing. Leather goods are great value and the selection includes handbags, purses, wallets, belts, hats and jackets. There are some inventive arts & crafts including cute handmade toys. Rugs, carpets, cushions, shawls, silk wall hangings, hand embroidered tablecloths and napkins are also a good buy.
Teens and children are well catered for with a great choice of gadgets, electronics, DVD's, video games, mobile phone accessories, football strips, Disney and cartoon themed clothing, toys and games. There is also costume and handmade jewellery and trinkets. Watches are in abundance, as are sunglasses, cosmetics, cleaning products, home and kitchenware.
With very little shade, the food and drink stalls and vans are very welcoming. Here visitors can tuck into rotisserie chickens and ribs, pizza, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and baguettes. A good choice of Spanish tapas keep locals and tourists happy, and to wash it all down there is cold beer and jugs of sangria. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available, and the cooling fresh juices and slushies go down a treat.
Stall tables groan under the weight of numerous fresh produce. Both local and imported fruit and vegetables are available. Some stalls offer cleaned and pre-packed produce and others rough and ready. By buying them like this and washing them yourself, you are not only saving money, you're helping the environment too. Finally you have your delicatessen and fresh meat vans. These offer all cuts of meat, poultry, fish and seafood. Delicatessen items include various grades of Serrano and other ham, sausages, cheese, pate, pies, pickles and tasty olives.