All the way up and down the Costa del Sol, each seaside resort offers its own type of weekly market. Bargains are to be had, whether in the form of fresh fruit and vegetables or fish, clothing and knickknacks, as well as the fun of browsing the second-hand flea markets. You’ll find that the various towns have coordinated reasonably well, meaning that every day of the week there is fun, shopping or just browsing to be had.
Probably one of the most central places to experience the Costa del Sol is Mijas, whether in the Pueblo, Las Lagunas or on Mijas Costa. For those wishing to be independent, Panoramic Villas offers a superb selection of holiday villas and apartments, but being self-catering you still need to eat. What better than to head out to the nearest market to stock up on the freshest veg and fruit available in the area as well as many other offerings? The following is a brief introduction into what is available each day of the week between Estepona and Benalmadena Costa.
If it’s Monday, it’s Marbella
Marbella offers a general weekly market at the fairground every Monday with everything from fresh produce, to clothing, gifts and souvenirs.
Tuesday fun in Fuengirola
Fuengirola offers its weekly market every Tuesday, again with general offerings such as fresh fruit and vegetables, bargains in the way of clothing, costume jewellery, gifts and souvenirs. You will find the market at the fairgrounds, just next to Los Boliches, very handy to head down to the beach for a snack or fun in the sun when finished.
What a choice on Wednesday
Wednesday is a popular day for markets on the Costa del Sol. Benalmadena has their weekly market just across the road from Selwo Marina, La Cala de Mijas has a twice-weekly market at the fairground and further down the coast, Estepona offers an excellent market in Avda. Juan Carlos.
Bargains on Thursday
Thursday also has plenty to offer in the way of markets with San Pedro de Alcántara holding their weekly market at the fairgrounds. Down the other end of the coast, enjoy the weekly market in Torre del Mar in the town centre or at El Calvarío in the popular seaside resort of Torremolinos.
Thank goodness it’s Friday
It’s TGIF at Arroyo de la Miel, just inland from Benalmadena Costa where the weekly market is held at Tivoli World. Among the offerings you will find very attractive and colourful pottery as pictured here. The kids can enjoy the attractions while you shop until you drop and it’s always fun to take the cable car up Mount Calamorra while you are there to enjoy the view and visit the eagle sanctuary.
Close to Marbella, the weekly market in Elviria is held at Banco Atlántico and Sabinillas offers a general market in the morning on the east Esplanade.
You know how they say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? That is definitely the case at the second-hand flea market in the fairgrounds in Fuengirola. While second-hand furniture might be difficult to take home on the plane, they also have so many other items on sale, including bargains in the way of clothing, jewellery etc. Even if you are not keen to buy anything, it’s still so much fun to browse around.
In Nueva Andalucía, head to the bullring where you will find the antique and general weekly market. This is always fun to browse with loads of bargains on offer. For a more general experience with fresh produce and all the trimmings, head to La Cala for the second of their weekly markets.
Sunday shopping in the sun
Sunday is not to be left out, as Arroyo de la Miel has a great car boot sale each week of the summer at Tivoli World and Estepona offers a weekly market in the Marina, a great spot where you can enjoy looking at all the fancy yachts and more humble fishing vessels and enjoy a tasty lunch at one of the many restaurants.
Fuengirola offers yet another weekly market close to the Piramides Hotel and the castle and Málaga has a great flea market near the football stadium. For those even further down the coast, Nerja has a car boot sale selling all kinds of treasures in urbanisation Flamingo (close to San Juan de Capistrano). Heading back to Sabinillas, there is yet another car boot sale in the morning down on the road leading to the Roman Oasis.
Of interest to note when visiting Nerja, there is a craft market every evening during summer at the Balcón de Europa with many attractive articles for sale.
With a shopping experience available every day of the week, you are spoiled for choice wherever you stay on the Costa del Sol. Have fun but always bear in mind your baggage allowance when you fly home!