Alicante's Surrounding Markets
Although Alicante boasts several markets within the city on a variety of days, visitors with access to a vehicle during their stay can explore the superb selection of Alicante's surrounding markets. Almost every village, town and city in Spain has at least one market per week, and for many locals market day is a time to don their best suit or dress and meet up with family and friends for a good old ‘chin wag' accompanied by much food, drink and merriment.
Alicante's Surrounding Markets
It really is a matter of preference and driving distance when visiting Alicante's surrounding markets as the majority, be it street markets or flea markets, will sell a choice of very similar items, some of the same stall holders travelling to different ones on different days. However, if you combine your market visit with a visit to some of the particular areas attractions, this can make for a great day out that all the family can enjoy.
Santa Pola Market – This is one of the closest of Alicante's surrounding markets, being just 20 minutes drive south from the city. Located next to the Red Cross Centre and open on Saturday and Monday mornings, Santa Pola Market offers the usual street stalls selling a wide variety of products. Depending on what you may be looking for, Saturdays tend to feature much more food stalls such as meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, bakery and delicatessen items, as well as dried fruit, nuts and sweets, whereas Mondays offer more non consumable items.
Torrevieja Market – A bit further south, the city of Torrevieja boasts one of the largest street markets in Europe with over 1,200 stalls on most days. Held on Friday mornings from around 09:00 – 13:00, the market is handily located across from the main bus terminus making it possible to easily visit by bus which run regularly from Alicante and cost less than 10€ a ticket. The market gets very busy, with many of the locals doing their weekly fresh goods shopping, but if you're prepared to brave the crowds there are some super bargains to be found. Within 15 minutes drive from Torrevieja there are further street markets in Orihuela Costa, San Miguel, Guardamar and Quesada that are open on various days of the week.
Jalon Market – Some of Alicante's surrounding markets are located inland such as the two Jalon Valley markets. This is the main wine producing area of the Alicante Province, and indeed when visiting the Saturday antiques/flea market, right across the road is a bodega (winery) that is popular with market goers and offers wine tasting and the chance to buy a few bottles to take home. Jalon's Tuesday Market offers a good selection of fresh food stalls as well as non perishables such as clothing, accessories, electronics, arts & crafts, toys and household goods.
Benidorm Market – This is another large and extremely popular market held each Wednesday and Sunday from around 08:00 – 13:30 in the area around the Municipal de Foietes Sports Stadium. Hundreds of stalls offer some great bargain hunting and with the vast crowds of holidaymakers that visit the city each year, you can be assured there are plenty food stalls. Benidorm also receives regular buses from Alicante, making it possible to visit without a car.
El Cisne Flea Market – Of all Alicante's surrounding markets, El Cisne offers the best chance to find some genuine antiques and collectables. Held in a converted farmhouse next to the Benisol and Villamar camping grounds on the outskirts of Benidorm, the market is held on Saturday and Sunday mornings and boasts a good selection of indoor and outdoor stalls that will delight any antiques dealer of collector. Here visitors can also enjoy food and drink while listening to live music played by a variety of local musicians and bands.
Calpe Fish Market – An article on Alicante's surrounding markets would not be complete without mentioning at least one fish market, and the Calpe Fish Market is one of the finest on the Costa Blanca. Held in the town's port from Monday to Friday at 17:00, the market's lovely building displays a number of paintings showcasing Calpe's important seafaring history, and the lively atmosphere and frenzied bidding is delightful to witness.