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In recent years, Málaga has established itself as the most culturally-innovative city in Andalusia. As you’d expect, it has some superb independent bookstores, most of which are within walking distance of each other in the historical city centre. For book lovers in search of an alternative to impersonal high-street stores, these are the places to head in Málaga.
Though it has outlets all over Spain, Re-Read deserves to feature on this list because of its pricing structure and the strength of its secondhand offering. The Málaga store has a great choice of genres, in many languages, at prices that are – as the website promises – ‘almost impossible’ (just as the books are ‘almost new’). The deal at Re-Read is that you can buy one book for €3, two books for €5 and ten books for an amazing €10: in other words, this is the secondhand book lover’s dream shop. A fantastic place to browse, it also happens to be just across the street from the neighbourhood’s coolest bar, La Tranca.
Re-Read Málaga, 6 Plaza del Teatro, Málaga, Spain, +34 951 43 00 96
Málaga’s best flea market is now so big that every Sunday it takes over the city’s vast recinto ferial – the sanded fairground on which the Málaga Feria is held every August. The Mercadillo Cortijo de Torres – which previously occupied a smaller site near the football stadium (Martiricos) – boasts 300 stalls selling pretty much anything you care to name, including some excellent secondhand book stalls. This is a great place to hunt for obscure classics, out-of-print works or early editions of your favourite books at knock-down prices. The market is served by the number 4 bus, which departs from the city centre’s main artery, the Alameda Principal.