Among its numerous superb attractions, Benidorm markets are extremely popular with both locals and holidaymakers either looking for a bargain or stocking up on their weekly fresh produce shopping. Benidorm is known as the party capital of the Costa Blanca and it certainly lives up to its reputation, with hundreds of bars catering to all age groups and ‘super clubs' similar to those found in Ibiza boasting a capacity for over 5,000 revellers, a selection of dance halls, numerous bars and even shops, restaurants and swimming pools in the larger ones!
Having said that, clubbing until dawn is not for everyone and Benidorm receives its fair share of elderly visitors and families who, besides enjoying lazy days on the beach, like nothing better than a mooch around the Benidorm Markets. During the peak summer months from July until mid September there is a local craft market that sets up around the Mirador in the Old Town, and on the outskirts of Benidorm is the delightful El Cisne Flea Market open every weekend. The city also has a daily indoor market, more like a collection of small shops, and a large municipal market open from 09:00 – 20:00 every day except Sunday but it's the excellent Benidorm Street Market that attracts most visitors.
Wednesday & Sunday Market
Situated on Ctra. Albir, Benidorm's street market is open every Wednesday and Sunday from around 08:00 – 14:00 and offers an abundance of stalls where some great bargains can be found. The market is within walking distance from many of the city's popular hotels and there is also an excellent option for visitors from the south of the Costa Blanca. Located in the city of Torrevieja, David's Coach Trips operate day trips to some of the Costa Blanca's most popular towns and attractions, including trips on Wednesday's and Sunday's to Benidorm's street markets with pick up points all along the coast. The cost is a very reasonable 11€ and gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy a few beverages without having to worry about driving.
There are hundreds of market stalls on both days and during peak summer season it's best to get there early to avoid the crowds and midday heat. The clothing stalls sell a great variety of garments including new and second hand clothing, underwear, colourful kids clothes, ‘knock off' football shirts, scarves, shawls, sarongs, jackets, jeans, shoes, trainers, flip flops and numerous fashion accessories. Great deals can be found on excellent leather goods and there is loads of leather jewellery, silver and gold jewellery, trinkets, arts & crafts, pottery, ceramics, rugs, cushions, home and kitchenware, DIY and tools, electronics, glasses, gadgets and toys.
The region's fresh produce features highly at the market and includes fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers, meat, fish and seafood. For many, especially the Spanish who have money to burn, the market's delicatessen stalls and vans offer a superb variety of delicious treats. These include various grades of Serrano ham, some costing a fortune, different cured sausages, cheeses, pate, dried fish, pickles, preserves, nuts, dried fruit, olive oil and many types of plump tasty olives. After the market, many visitors having stocked up on goodies from the delicatessen head to the beach for a picnic, or if the hunger can't wait the market has a choice of hot food stalls and wagons offering mouthwatering rotisserie chickens, spare ribs, ham hocks and burgers.