There are several excellent street markets in Marbella and the surrounding area: selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to locally-made jewellery and furniture, they are a great place to hunt for bargains. Read on for our pick of the best markets in and around Marbella.
On Saturday mornings, the glizty marina of Puerto Banús (located 8km (5 miles) to the west of Marbella) hosts one of the largest flea markets on Málaga’s coastline. It is a happily chaotic affair, with vendors loudly advertising their goods and bartering with locals in rapid-fire Spanish. A huge range of products is on offer – from antiques to crafts, clothing to spices.
The week in Marbella kicks off with the sprawling Monday morning street market, held on the city’s eastern edge. Its 350+ stalls sell fruit, vegetables, clothing, toys and locally-made arts and crafts at prices customers say are lower than those at other Marbella markets. A large food and drink stand ear the entrance provides the perfect spot for a cold caña after bargain-hunting.
Marbella’s best arts and crafts market is held every Sunday from midday until about 6pm, in the city’s yacht-lined port. In between admiring floating residences of the world’s mega-rich, you’ll find a range of exquisite, hand-made items including jewellery, antiques and ceramics. And when you’re done, the tapas bars of the old town are just a five-minute stroll away.
On the first Saturday of every month between 10am and 2pm, Marbella’s Alameda Park is the setting for an ecological market. Stalls sell locally sourced, environmentally friendly produce at competitive prices, and the green spaces of the Alameda make browsing here a pleasure. If you’re here in summer and want to cool off afterwards, the beach is a five-minute walk away, too.