The popular coastal town of Torrevieja is packed full interesting and fun things to do, great beaches, excellent bars and restaurants, fantastic shopping and both indoor and outdoor markets. Throughout history markets have played an important role in the Spanish economy, and even in a modern society with all the convenient shops, supermarkets and shopping malls, there is still something about markets that pulls in huge crowds. For both locals and holidaymakers, markets are a place to meet new people, practice the language, try the fresh produce of the area and hopefully find some great bargains. Torrevieja has three main markets with a further selection to choose from in the nearby towns.
Torrevieja's Friday Market
Torrevieja's Friday morning street market is one of the largest in Spain with over 1,200 stalls taking up a good portion of the town's streets. [box type=”note” size=”large” style=”rounded”]The market is located just off Avda de las Cortes Valencianas on Calle Salinero and opens from 8 am – 1 pm.[/box] It gets very crowded on these streets so it is worth getting there soon after it opens to avoid the crush and afternoon heat during the summer months. Torrevieja is a typical Spanish town and this is evident in the way the locals treat it as a social gathering where furious but good-natured bargaining can be heard all around. There is a fantastic range of items on offer and some great bargains to be had, including fruit & vegetables, cheeses, cured hams & sausage, clothing, bedding, household items, ceramics, pottery, hardware, jewellery, accessories, toys and much more. Throughout the market area is food stalls, bars and sidewalk cafes where shoppers can get away from the hustle & bustle for a while and refuel for another round of bargain hunting.
Torrevieja's Indoor Market
For a superb selection of local cuisine and mouthwatering seafood, both fresh and cooked, Torrevieja's Indoor Market is a must see. Known as ”La Plasa” the market is located at Isabel II Plaza on the cross road of Canonigo Torres and Jose Martinez Ruiz Azorin. It is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 to 14:00 and 18:00 to 21:00. The market's 40 odd stalls and shops offer visitors a selection of fresh fish, shellfish, meat, cured hams & sausages, cheese, fruit, vegetables and flowers. Not to be missed is the extremely popular La Mar Sala, offering a great range of home cooked delicacies and dishes to take away with the emphasis being on seafood, their paellas are legendary.
Torrevieja's Night Market
A pleasant way to spend an evening is to take a stroll along the town's seafront promenade where there is a night market, also called the hippy market due to the abundance of leather goods, handmade jewellery, pottery, arts & crafts and general ”nik naks”. The market is located on Paseo de la Libertad and is open daily from 20:00 to midnight. Many visitors combine a walk around the stalls with an evening meal in one of the promenade's restaurants.
Playa Flamenca Market
No more than a 15-minute drive from Torrevieja is two more very popular markets. Playa Flamenca Market takes place every Saturday from 08:00 to 14:00 and is located just off the main road that joins the seaside resorts of Playa Flamenca and La Zenia. Visitors should bear in mind that all vehicles should be removed from the market road the night before as stalls start to set up early and any vehicles left parked anywhere on the road will be towed and impounded, incurring hefty fines and a towing fee. There is an abundance of stalls selling fresh products, including cheeses, cured hams & sausages, fruit & veg, bread, cakes and pastries. There are also clothing & accessories, household goods, plants and flowers. Throughout the market and surrounding area is a selection of food stalls, bars and restaurants.
Lemon Tree Market
Lemon Tree Market is located off the Los Montesinos turning between Torrevieja and Guardamar and is open Sundays from 9:00 to 14:00. Set amongst citrus groves, the market offers items for sale similar to what can be found at Playa Flamenca, although its countryside setting is a lot more pleasing to the eye. There are separate areas for parking and refreshments.