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Almería's central food market | © Ziegler175 / WikiCommons
Almería's central food market | © Ziegler175 / WikiCommons
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The Best Markets in Almería, Spain

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Updated: 22 January 2018
No visit to Almería would be complete without taking in one of its lively weekly markets – mercadillos or rastros, as they’re called in Spanish. Selling everything from fish and meat to clothing and antiques, they’re a great way to sample the city’s local street life. Read on for our selection of the best markets in Almería.
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Mercado Central

The main food markets in Spanish cities offer an incomparable way to experience local street life, and Almería’s is no exception. A loud, pungent and chaotic cluster of stalls selling everything from fresh fish and meat to spices and wine, the city’s Mercado Central is a must-visit. Its ambience is further enlivened by the clattering rhythms of Andalusian Spanish, as the locals exchange gossip whilst shopping.

14 Calle Circunvalación Ulpiano Díaz, Almería, Spain

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Mercadillo de los Martes

The clue is in the name: this general street market is held every Tuesday, from 8am to about 4pm, and is home to over 300 stalls. These offer a wide range of goods, from cheap clothing and accessories to fresh flowers. Shoppers to the Tuesday Market can also enjoy the unique experience of browsing for bargains in a major sports stadium.

Estadio Municipal de los Juegos Mediterráneos, 5 Calle Alcalde Santiago Martínez Cabrejas, Almería, Spain

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Mercadillo de los Viernes

If you’re visiting Almería and miss the city’s bustling weekly Tuesday mercadillo, fear not: another is held on Friday mornings. The aptly named Mercadillo de los Viernes (Friday Market) comprises around 260 stalls and runs until about 2pm, when the vendors head off for a cold beer and tapas. Even better, the market’s location in the city centre means its ideally located for a stop-off while you’re sightseeing.

Avenida de Vilches, Almeria, Spain

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Mercadillo de la Bola Azul

Almería’s ‘Blue Ball’ flea market is held on Monday mornings in a residential part of the city, surrounded by modern apartment blocks. Its offers 200 stalls selling the eclectic mishmash of goods that you’d expect from a good Spanish rastro: sartorial bargains, aromatic flowers, bargain household items and much more. A great place to practise your haggling skills.

Calle Haza de Acosta, Almeria, Spain

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Mercadillo de los Sábados

On Saturday mornings, Almería’s bargain hunters gravitate towards the city’s spacious fairground – the recinto ferial – to see what’s on offer. The Mercadillo de los Sábados (Almería’s markets, it has to be said, are not the most imaginatively named) consists of about 230 stands selling a wide range of goods, including fruit, vegetables and clothing.

Recinto Ferial de Almeria