The street markets that take place in towns and cities up and down the Costa del Sol are enormously popular with both residents and holidaymakers. Some cater more to a Spanish clientele selling work clothes, fruit, vegetables, household goods and flowers, while others are out to entice visitors to the area with watches, jewellery, gifts and souvenirs. The markets all start early in the morning and usually pack up between 2pm and 3pm, so sharpen your elbows and get ready to haggle!
We’ve selected our favourites among the street markets, all of which take place on the western Costa del Sol, but the list is by no means exhaustive. Keep an eye out for the mini markets that you can see springing up in the smaller barrios (districts), which often have the best bargains, particularly on fresh produce.
Looking for shoes and clothes, plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables? Head to Las Albarizas in Marbella for their Monday street market, but be prepared to park a fair distance from the stalls and have to carry your purchases back to the car, or take the bus! It’s a popular one.
The two markets in Estepona take place every Wednesday and Sunday. The first is held on the fairground to the north of town and is great for snapping up bargain shirts, kitchen utensils and shoes. Sunday’s market moves down to the marina area, so the ladies can enjoy ambling round the stalls while the men relax with a coffee or a beer, overlooking the boats.
On Sunday mornings the small inland village of Benahavis holds its rastro (flea market) set out under the trees surrounding a small chapel, on the main road just before reaching the village. A mix of fresh produce, lots of second hand goods, plants and artisan items can be found, plus food and drinks, and it’s all surrounded by glorious nature.
San Pedro Alcántara
If you get there early enough, there is plenty of street parking close to the San Pedro market, held every Thursday morning on the town’s fairground. Fresh flowers and produce, leather coats and handbags, watches, books, pots and pans are all on offer here, amid a lively atmosphere.
Puerto Banús / Nueva Andalucía
This Saturday market is probably the best known and busiest market on the coast! Its stalls are very diverse with traders selling antiques, rugs, clothes, jewellery, leather goods, fresh food, pet paraphernalia, mobile phone covers, flowers – we’re pretty sure they’ve got most things covered! Set up around the bullring, this market is spread out over a large area, so wear your comfortable shoes!
There are normally antiques aplenty displayed around the luxurious Sotogrande Port surroundings on a Sunday morning and parking is straightforward. You can also enjoy a trip to the beach or one of old Sotogrande’s quality restaurants once you’ve exhausted the shopping options!
Offering more of a flea market vibe, the Sabinillas Sunday market is great for bargains if you know what to look for! Head inland at Lidl for the large parking area conveniently located right next to the market.
For an authentic Spanish market, try Casares on Friday mornings and combine your shopping fix with a sightseeing walk around this charming hilltop white pueblo. Be warned that cobbled streets and steep slopes are the norm in this beautiful village.