Throughout the Costa Blanca there are markets most days of the week, many taking place on the weekends such as the popular Zoco Market. The larger cities like Torrevieja, Alicante and Benidorm all have daily fresh produce, fish and indoor markets where many of the locals do a good deal of their weekly shopping, but it's the larger weekend markets that attract the majority of holidaymakers and offer an excellent array of products.
Located in a rural countryside area not far from the ‘Quesada Arches', Zoco Market is open every Sunday from 08:30 – 14:00 and, although it has a large car park, this fills up fairly quickly during the summer months so it's best to get there early. Being in a rural location there is less chance of opportunist pickpockets who favour the crowded city markets but visitors to Zoco Market should still take care with their cash and valuables.
Most visitors to Zoco come from nearby Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa and it's not too difficult to find. If travelling from Orihuela Costa, head into Torrevieja and then follow the CV-905 out of the city towards Quesada until you've passed the salt lakes and reach the roundabout for Quesada on the right and the AP-7 motorway on the left. Go left and under the motorway, keep left at the next roundabout and you will see a BP petrol station on the left and usually a queue of cars for the market straight ahead.
Zoco Market Stalls
Zoco Market has a good choice of household items such as cleaning products, kitchenware, towels, bed linen, indoor and outdoor furniture, gardening tools, DIY and power tools, pot plants and garden plants. There is all sorts of clothing including fake designer wear, football strips, baseball caps, kids Disney printed clothes, leather goods, accessories and jewellery. Phone accessories and electronics are popular at the market and there's a good selection of toys, novelty items, gadgets, arts & crafts, pottery and cosmetic items.
Fresh produce stalls include fruit and vegetables, herbs, flowers, meat and fish and there are delicious delicatessen products such as freshly baked bread and rolls, pies, cured hams and sausages, cheeses, pickles and preserves, spices and a great selection of olives and olive oil. Hungry market goers can choose from a variety of savoury and sweet snacks, and nearby Quesada is well worth a visit where you will find a number of cafes, bars and restaurants.