Spanish street markets in Alicante

Market days Southern Alicante

Market days Southern Alicante are plentiful. This is why you should Check out ” Días de mercadillo” (in English market day).

Each day you can chose a market in la Vega Baja, a region in southern Alicante. Firstly, pick a village and then the day. Or go from town to town or village to village. Below you will find a map and information regarding which location host a market which day. Please also see the videos Alicante Town by Town to get a feeling for the area.

The history of the Spanish itinerant commerce

The modern Spain has embraced globalization. Today you can find retail chains and international supermarket chains from many other European countries. You can also find many Chinese run shops and indoor markets all over Spain. If someone would ask you “ let´s go to the “Chino” they would probably mean that they want to visit one of the many Chinese-run indoors markets. These are often placed in hangar-like buildings and that have emerged all over the Spanish coastline.

The above trade all require structures of larger dimensions and with sophisticated logistics.

However, alongside these important points for commerce the itinerant commerce has kept its place in Spain. The Spanish like to keep their traditions alive.

This kind of commerce was originally a way for commerce to reach rural and isolated areas. Nevertheless, it has continued to grow in urban areas and in and around tourist-dense destinations. As, many families find themselves outside of the formal job sector and need to find alternative job opportunities. The itinerant trade has a low start-up and running cost. These merchants travel from location to location.

This is why, you can find many different kind of street markets. There are the recurring markets ( see below), fairs, festivals or popular celebrations, medieval, Christmas, craft markets, This is why , this kind of commerce, is undoubtedly a very important part of the engine of economic growth and the social fabric of the towns. and cities.

Different kind of markets 

The stalls usually consist of stalls that are made up of removable metal structures and folding tables. Nevertheless, sometimes the goods are presented directly on the floor on blankets, baskets or other form of containers. The products that are for sale are varied. For example you can find food products, clothing, household products, plants, beads and much more.Each vendor must request a sales license 
Is a market with permanent stands selling meat, fruit, fish etc. You ca 

Rastro equals flee market. They are held Sundays (before Spanish lunch). You can find a Rastro in Alicante city on Sundays. Here you can find stamps, coins, books, calendars and antiquities 

Farmer´s market 

Produce sold directly by the farmers. See in Elche

Market day Mondays

Location Cox, Granja de Rocamora

 Cox is a   town by the Sierra de Callosa mountain range.

Market day Tuesdays

Locations : Orihuela, San Fulgencio, Benijófar, Daya Nueva

Benijofar is a village that is walking distance from Villa Balea. Just go downhill from Villa Balea.

Market day Wednesday

Location : Callosa de Segura, Guardamar, San Miguel de Salinas

Guarmar de Segura is cycling distance from Villa Balea. The Guardamar beach offers beautiful hiking through sand dunes.

Market days of Thursday

Locations : Rojales, Albatera, Bigastro, Rafal

Ciudad Quesada is a part of the municipality of Rojales. Firstly, hike to Rojales over the hills over the Golf club. Secondly, shop and then, after the market, go to the town boule club for lunch.

Market day Friday

Locations: :Torrevieja, Pilar de la Horadada, Redován, Dolores, Benejúzar, Los Montesinos, Jacarilla

If you decide to go to Dolores make a stop at the local restaurant la Cuchara. This is place where lorries stop to pick- up the local produce from the adjecent warehouse. You must go a have a look at the fantastic vegetables on display. In addition, the lunch is wholesome, local and very good prices.

Nevertheless, If you are looking for a outing for the day you should try to go more inland.

Market day Saturday

Locations: :Almoradi, Catral, Elche, Crevillente, Santa Pola

Market day Sunday

Locations: : Campo de Guardamar, La Marina