San Miguel Market
Not much happens in the sleepy little town of San Miguel de Salinas, but on Wednesday mornings the central streets around Calle Juan XXIII become a hive of activity with stall holders setting up for the San Miguel Market. The town is a popular residential choice for many Spanish who work in nearby Torrevieja but don't like the idea of living in a busy city. San Miguel lies slightly inland between Orihuela Costa and Torrevieja and is easily reachable by car via the CV-95 that runs past Torrevieja Hospital, through the Orihuela Costa residential area of Los Balconies and straight on to San Miguel. Market hours are from around 08:30 – 13:30.
San Miguel Market Stalls
San Miguel Market stalls are a pleasure to wander around, without the claustrophobic mass of bodies found in some of the larger city markets and with pleasant seating areas around the food stalls where visitors can enjoy a refreshing drink and some of the delicious savoury or sweet snacks on offer. There are further delicatessen stalls boasting an array of mouthwatering food products such as cooked and cured meats and sausage, pies, cheeses, pickles, preserves, olive oil, herbs, spices and freshly baked bread and rolls. Fresh produce includes fruit and veg, meat and fish, free range eggs, plants and flowers.
Further market stalls offer a wide range of new and second hand clothing, kids clothes, fake designer wear and football tops, baseball caps, shoes and accessories. Spanish leather goods, rugs and embroidery such as tablecloths are usually excellent quality and good value, and there is a selection of arts & crafts, pottery, ceramics and antiques. The young ones are catered for with toys, gadgets, electronics and mobile phone accessories as well as cakes and pick & mix sweets. Homeware, cleaning products, kitchen utensils, tools and hardware are all available from the market and at times there are street musicians to keep the crowds amused.
Visitors exploring San Miguel Market have a choice of cafes, bars and restaurants to enjoy a meal or drink and will find, due to it being market day the tapas bars and restaurants in town usually add more dishes to their menu in order to attract the passing trade. For a delicious meal in a superb unique setting, Las Cuevas Restaurant is a must visit. Built within a series of caves, the restaurant boasts intimate little grotto type seating areas as well as a lovely outdoor terrace for al fresco dining with a view.