Located slightly inland from Torrevieja, the usually sleepy little town of Almoradí wakes up on Saturday mornings to the sound of stall holders setting up for the Almoradí Market. Not exactly on the tourist map, Almoradí is a lovely town to visit on market day when the local tapas bars and restaurants prepare a far greater choice of snacks and meals to cater for the large market crowds. The market stalls set up in the streets around the main town plaza and beautiful church where visitors can keep cool in the shade of the plaza's numerous trees while browsing the 500 plus stalls. The market is open every Saturday from around 08:00 – 14:00.
Almoradí Market Stalls
This is a serious foodie market where the locals browse the fantastic fresh produce stalls, taking their time to inspect the quality of the goods on offer and haggle furiously for the best deal. Great bargains can be found on fruit and vegetables compared to the local supermarkets and there is also a delightful selection of flowers and pot plants on offer. Wonderfully fresh fish and seafood as well as various cuts of meat offer further savings, and the delicatessen vans have various grades of superb Serrano ham, all sorts of cured sausages, huge cooked hams, free range eggs, cheeses, bread, pate, olive oil, pickles, preserves, nuts and dried fruit.
Such is the choice of marinaded olives, if you are a fan it's quite easy to get carried away and put a serious dent in your wallet or purse. Further stalls include new and second hand clothing and shoes, excellent leather goods, beautifully crafted wooden kitchen utensils, rugs, cushions, embroidery, arts & crafts, pottery, homeware, electronics, gadgets, phone accessories and toys.
Surrounding the plaza visitors have a good choice of street side cafes, bars and restaurants to enjoy refreshments or a meal, and be sure to try the local artichokes that feature in many dishes; the town even has its own Almoradí Artichoke Tapas Route. Places of interest include the theatre, town hall and casino, and there is an abundance of shady seating areas to enjoy a picnic or head to the municipal swimming pool for a cooling dip.