While it’s well known for its vibrant nightlife and exciting parties, the Costa Del Sol offers much more than cool cocktails and after-dark dancing. If you’re looking to soak up some culture, explore the Cueva del Nerja caves that are home to some of the earliest cave-paintings in the world. Here you can see some outstanding artefacts left by Cro-Magnon Man or find out more about local artist, Pablo Picasso. The Costa del Sol is also a paradise for shoppers, with exceptional markets across the region. If you fancy hunting for treasures and the hustle and bustle of an authentic, Spanish shopping experience, here’s our guide to some of the best markets Costa del Sol has to offer.
1) Marbella Street Market
Held every Monday, in the Recinto Ferial (Marbella’s main fairground), the Marbella Street Market is packed with bargains and unusual items. It opens at around 09:00am and closes at around 02:00pm, but it’s worth arriving early, as those in the know will be poised snap up the bargains. With over 360 stalls to explore, you’ll find everything from fresh produces, to fashion and footwear; It’s one of the most popular Costa del Sol markets.
2) Fuengirola Street Market
One of the best markets Costa del Sol has up its brightly-coloured sleeves is the Fuengirola Street Market, held every Tuesday between 09:00am and 02:00pm. It’s the perfect place to go for leather goods, fruit and veg or elegant handbags. The real stars of the show are the food trucks, with about 15 in total, which sell freshly-cooked, Spanish street-food. You’ll find this market at the fairground in the centre of town.
3) Market La Paloma
Held every Wednesday, just behind Paloma Park, in Benalmadena, the Market La Paloma is ideal for anyone who likes vintage items. From clothing and vinyls to toys and antiques, this one of the most international markets Costa del Sol offers to visitors. With knick-knacks and bits ‘n’ bobs from all over the world to explore, it’s open between 09:00am and 02:00pm, and with over 100 stalls, it’s an easy way to spend the best part of the day.
4) Mercadillo de Torremolinos
As with most of the Costa del Sol markets, this one opens at around nine in the morning and closes its doors at about two in the afternoon. It’s one of the bigger Costa del Sol markets, with almost 250 stalls to have a rummage through, offering a huge variety of goods, from souvenirs and handmade items to food and jewellery. Follow the crowds to the Torremolinos Fairground, every Thursday.
5) Arroyo de la Miel
It’s not all leather bags and trinkets, as the Arroyo de la Miel proves. Head to Benalmadena on a Friday, and just behind the Tivoli World entrance, you’ll find one of the best markets in the region. This is the perfect destination for food lovers, offering fresh farm produce from the Malaga region. Expect meats, cheese, olives, fruit, olive oil and even wine. You’ll also find plenty of handmade treats, including cakes and sweets. The Arroyo de la Miel is held a little later, opening at 12:00pm and closing at 09:00pm. The perfect way to round off a hard day’s sunbathing.
6) Puerto Banus Street Market
Saturdays see the street market roll into Puerto Banus. Held between 09:00am and 03:00pm, you’ll find it just behind Nueva Andalucía’s bullring. One of the biggest markets in this part of Spain, the locals treat it as much as a social event as they make a shopping trip. Between the stalls holding leather goods, arts and crafts, jewellery, antiques, clothing and fruit and veg, you’ll find a good selection of cafés and bars.
7) Market at the Marina
Open between 09:00am and 02:00pm, the Estepona Street Market is held every Sunday, at the town’s stunning marina. This is the place to go to buy gifts for the folks back home and unusual souvenirs of your holiday to the Costa del Sol. You’ll find authentic, Spanish ornaments, elegant earrings, sunglasses, necklaces and handbags. The marina is lined with bars and cafés, so it’s the perfect place to grab a drink and one of the best Costa del Sol markets for trinkets and souvenirs.