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The Best Markets to Visit in Salamanca

Picture of Clare Speak
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Updated: 20 June 2017
There’s no better way to spend a lazy weekend morning than at the local market, hunting for bargains or shopping for fresh produce. Luckily, ‘Salmantinos’ (Salamanca locals) agree, and there are some great markets to enjoy on your visit to the city.
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Central Market

The first stop for food lovers. Here you’ll find all the freshest regional produce under one roof, inside a historic 19th century building. The Mercado Central is a truly authentic local market where you can find the best quality food, including meats, cheeses, fish, fruit, bread, pastries and much more. The market is easily found, near the central Plaza Mayor, and is the perfect place to grab a snack or picnic, or just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere.

Plaza del Mercado, Salamanca, Spain +34 923 21 30 00

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Mercado de Abastos de San Juan

A similar experience is to be had at the three-storey Mercado de San Juan, built in the 1940s and located at the eastern side of the city. Expect the same great quality produce and more of a local neighbourhood feel, plus a supermarket on the lower floor. Few stallholders speak English here so get ready to practice your Spanish, otherwise a smile will get you a long way.

Plaza Julián Sánchez ‘El Charro’, 0, Salamanca, Spain +34 923 05 91 08

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El Rastro

On Sunday mornings, locals head for the weekly flea market, El Rastro, to pick up some bargains. Rummage through the shoes, ceramics, tools and knick-knacks and chances are you’ll uncover a treasure that you didn’t know you needed.

Calle Nieto Bonal, 18, Salamanca, Spain +34 923 25 20 14

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Mercadillo Plaza de los Bandos

If you happen to be in Salamanca for Christmas, Semana Santa, or the Feria de Salamanca don’t miss your chance to visit the Mercadillo Plaza de los Bandos, a small but lively open-air market held just three times a year. You’ll find all sorts of items, from clothing to ceramics, toys, crafts and more.

Plaza de los Bandos, Salamanca, Spain