Market enthusiasts heading for north Costa Blanca should definitely pay a visit to the three Calpe Markets during their travels. Famous for its impressive Rock of Ifach that served the town's past inhabitants well as a lookout point against raiding armies and marauding pirates, Calpe has two golden sand beaches, an historic old town and Morish quarter where visitors can enjoy exploring the narrow streets and stop for a drink or snack in one of the roadside cafes.
Calpe has one of the most important fish markets on the Costa Blanca where many of the area's tapas bar and restaurant owners come to bid at auction for the best catch of the day. There is also a small Wednesday morning flea market (rastro) on Av. Pais Valencia and large Saturday morning market that gets very busy during the peak summer months.
Fish Market – The fish market enjoys a picturesque setting in Calpe's port and takes place Monday to Friday from around 17:00 – 19:00. It is run by the local Fisherman's Association who set a minimum auction price on the fish and seafood before the auction starts. There are bidders podiums and upper galleys on either side of the main conveyor belt and as the first crates start to roll, the excitement is quite catchy. Large TV screens display information on each lot, as well as the weight and starting price which automatically starts to decrease until an interested buyer calls a bid; now the price starts to rise with each new bid until sold.
Saturday Market – This popular market is held on Av. Del Norte in the old town and takes place every Saturday from around 09:30 – 13:30. Here visitors can browse a good selection of fresh regional fruit and veg produce, meat and fish, a wonderful choice of delicatessen goods, new and second hand clothing, fashion accessories, great quality leather goods, rugs, cushions, yarn, jewellery, electronics, furniture, bric-a-brac, trinkets, music, toys and sweets.