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Gourmet market planned for Puerto Banus

market_gourmetMarbella Town Hall has announced that there will be a new gourmet market opening this summer. The first of its kind on the Costa del Sol, it will be located just 250 meters from the heart of Puerto Banús, in the area of La Alzambra.

This gourmet market called Ambrosia, will be set over 1,000 square meters and two floors with three terraces. It will be an exciting combination of stalls, bars, cafes and restaurants in a market setting with high tables and stools. You will be able to buy stunning products from stalls and delicatessens and enjoy a wonderful meal, snack or drink in a fun, and bustling market environment – sounds like a great combination! They will also organize lots of special events during the year. Due to open this summer, this will be another wonderful draw to the Costa del Sol, an area rightly famous for its gastronomy.

Visitors to the Costa del Sol are really spoilt for choice when it comes to fantastic places to eat and drink, with a wide range of Spanish, International and Michelin starred cuisine, and you can check out our previous posts for more information about the Costa del Sol as a gourmet destination. However, we recommend that you consult TripAdvisor, and move away from the main tourist traps, as the best places are often hidden away. Look for a good bustle and try to eat at the same time as the Spanish (2pm for lunch and from 8pm earliest for dinner) to experience a great atmosphere as well as delicious food.

To help our holiday guests enjoy the Costa del Sol to the full, we’ve produced a guide to Marbella and the surrounding areas, including loads of great information and listing our favourite restaurants, so you know you’ll eat well! Download it for free on our website.

Local Markets along the Costa del Sol

If you enjoy a stroll around the market or car boot sale, then the Costa del Sol will have you spoilt for choice. Every day of the week you will find a different street market or car boot sale with an array of bargains to consider!

There is something quite fun about visiting the local markets and boot sales with friends or family in the lovely weather, and you will see just about everything from fresh produce to furniture, clothes and jewellery for sale. So while you are on holiday on the Costa del Sol, take a day to browse the authentic markets, enjoy some R&R and find some Spanish souvenirs to remember.

If you rent long term on the Costa del Sol, there may be bits and pieces you need like various household items, garden furniture, and decorative items which can be found new at markets for excellent prices compared to shops. Markets can also be a great place to buy unusual, nice gifts for family and friends without breaking the bank.

Here are some of the markets and car boot sales held regularly from Estepona to Marbella:

  • Sabinillas General market – On the east Esplanade every Friday in the morning selling clothing, shoes, fruit and vegetables and much more.
  • Estepona Marina market – In the port every Sunday from 10:00-14:00pm. The market sells fresh fruit and vegetables and also has stalls selling general goods including gifts, leather, shoes, sunglasses, music, jewellery, souvenirs, arts & crafts.
  • Estepona Town market – Avenida Juan Carlos every Wednesday from 10:00-14:00pm. Traditional Spanish market selling clothes, food, and household wares.
  • San Pedro street market – Held near the Central Plaza every Thursday from 9:00-14.00pm. A great place to bag a bargain.
  • Nueva Andalucia street market – Located near the bullring every Saturday from 9:00-14:00pm. Another great market for bargain hunters.
  • Marbella weekly market – On Mondays at the Recinto Ferial de Arroyo Primero in the Las Albarizas area from 9:00-14:00pm. Selling flowers, clothes, household items, shoes, handbags and jewellery.
  • La Cala de Mijas – Has two markets a week, every Wednesday and Saturday. Both are held at the fair ground from 10:00-15:00pm. This market sells clothes, fruit and vegetables, table clothes, T/shirts, shoes, sweets, flowers and much more,
  • Fuengirola General Market – This large market is held on Tuesdays at the Fair Ground and sells the full range of items from food  to footwear.
  • Fuengirola Flea market – Again held at the Fair Ground, this ever popular market is on Saturday mornings and if you can’t find what you are looking for here, you won’t find it anywhere! Stalls have everything… including kitchen sinks!

Weekly markets on the Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol marketsIf you’re staying in self-catering accommodation on the Costa del Sol and want to cook up a storm in your kitchen using fresh, seasonal Spanish ingredients, there is lots of great value, fantastic quality produce available.

There are many local supermarkets such as Mercadona which stock authentic Spanish food or more International stores such as Supersol which offer a mix of well-known brands and favourites such as Heinz baked beans and Marmite as well as Spanish produce.

A great way to spend a day and come away with excellent fresh produce is to visit one of the weekly markets along the Costa del Sol. These markets tend to sell a combination of food, herbs and spices, clothes, accessories and great souvenirs such as traditional pottery.  There is a calendar of these markets on the AngloInfo website, so you can find the weekly market closest to your Costa del Sol holiday home. Click here to see the calendar.

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