Torrevieja Friday Market
Torrevieja Friday Market is conveniently located outside the city's bus terminus on Calle Antonio Machado which is its main entrance. From here it spreads through many of the streets away from the bus terminus and near the Guardia Civil Station and boasts more than 1000 market stalls. Visitors staying in the Costa Blanca who do not have a vehicle and wish to visit Torrevieja Friday Market can use the bus service that links Torrevieja with a variety of other towns and cities as far south as Cartagena and north to Benidorm.
Being one of the largest markets in Spain it is very popular so expect dense crowds, many of them local Spanish ladies with the obligatory shopping trolley who have no regard for your feet, even if you are wearing flip flops! The crowds also make the market a hotbed for thieves and pickpockets so keep your valuables and money in tight pockets or if you have a handbag keep it closed and held firmly at all times and don't be distracted by the people around you.
Another thing to bear in mind with large busy street markets, is the less scrupulous stall holders will use this to their advantage and try to rush you with your purchase, often giving you inferior products or far larger amounts than what you asked for. Don't let them fool you and stand your ground no matter how many customers are waiting to be served. Having said this, Torrevieja Friday Market can be great fun and there are certainly bargains to be found among the thousands of products on offer.
Torrevieja Market Stalls
Starting at the main entrance and continuing for a few blocks away from the bus terminus is the main area for both new and second hand clothing, superb leather goods, rugs, cushions, embroidery, ‘knock off' designer gear, electronics, gadgets, toys, phone accessories and novelty items. Further into the market are the fresh product stalls where many locals do their weekly shop, fantastic delicatessen wagons offering delicious cold cooked meats, cheeses, pate, cured hams and sausages, fresh bread, rolls and pies, free range eggs, herbs and spices, sweets and an outstanding selection of olive oils, olives, pickles and preserves. Near the back and to the right are the cooked food wagons and makeshift bars where customers can relax with an ice cold beer and tuck into spare ribs, ham hocks, rotisserie chickens, burgers and hot dogs.
Located at Isabel II Square near the colourful blue ceramic fountain on the beach promenade is the central indoor market, locally referred to as La Plasa Mercado Central or just the fish market. Don't let that name fool you as there's a lot more than just fish and seafood on offer with delicatessen counters, butchery counters, fresh fruit and vegetables, pickles and preserves, free range eggs and some Spanish favourites such as pigs ears and snails. At times there is free cookery classes and also a cafe serving a good selection of drinks and snacks.