VISIT THE MARKETS

If you like to combine shopping with sightseeing then we encourage you to visit as many of the local markets as you can during your stay. These markets are the heart and soul of the local community. They are not just overflowing with  fantastic value products, they are also brimming with local gossip and a buzzing atmosphere. There are so many markets to chose from every day of the week you will be spoilt for choice. Read on for our top recommendations. 

THE INDOOR FOOD MARKET

The municipal indoor market in the centre of town is a must see. You can pick up locally produced breads, fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, cheeses and delicatessen items. Don’t forget your camera to capture photos of the mind-boggling array of colours. You’ll find a magnificent display of unusual food items. The market boasts four lively bars serving breakfast and lunch in the form of tapas, “pinchos” and hearty sandwiches. The carpet of serviettes littering the ground is all part of the spectacle. Every FRIDAY local farmers and suppliers from the surrounding areas pile into Denia. Their stalls spill into the streets around the indoor market. WARNING:- Watch out for the grannies deftly maneuvering their shopping trolleys through the crowds and brazenly queue jumping! You won’t be disappointed. The indoor food market is open Monday to Saturday 06:30am until 14:00h on Magallanes Street

THE STREET MARKET

There’s nothing quite like a visit to Denia’s bustling weekly street market. You can grab a bargain for your wardrobe or simply pick up a couple of tacky fridge magnets. You will spend a fabulous morning haggling with the stall holders or why not just sit back with a cold drink and a tapa to soak up the atmosphere. The colourful sights, the plethora of sounds and swirling smells of the market will completely seduce you. The Denia market takes place every Monday (apart from Fiesta days) 08:30h until 13:30h at the Torrecremada Esplanade.

 

THE FISH MARKET

Every week day from 15:30pm you can enjoy watching dozens of fishing boats come home to dock, each one followed by an hysterical flock of seagulls. With the backdrop of blue skies and turquoise seas it’s a sight to behold. The wizened wind-weathered faces of the fishermen will mesmerize you as they loudly share their banter while unloading and weighing their catch. Every day at 5pm there is a fish auction where you will see the best chefs and restaurateurs of the area haggling and bickering over some of the finest Dénia red prawns, lobsters, sea urchins and different fresh seafood including octopus, anchovy, calamari. This is as fresh as it gets! When the spectacle quietens down you can visit the stalls to make your own purchase. From Monday to Friday; Auction at 17:00h, Fish market at 17:30h (all year round, except during the month of biological halt) at the Port of Denia Fishing Quay.

THE MEDIEVAL MARKET

Every December sees one of the residents and visitors most anticipated pre-Christmas events. The Medieval Market has more than 80 magical stalls to browse with the vendors dressed in full medieval attire. You will be whisked back in time to the Middle Ages. Aside from the vast array of homemade produce and crafts there is plenty of entertainment for young and old alike. You’ll find storytellers and street actors, an old fashioned somewhat rickety carousel and Ferris wheel. There are children’s games, craft demonstrations, stilt walkers, jugglers, magic shows, giant soap bubbles, flame throwers, musicians and dancers. This is a lively affair! The market usually takes place the first weekend in December from 10:00h-14:00h and from 16:30-22:30 hours in Calle Consell and Calle La Mar, Calle Diana and Calle Magallanes.

THE FLEA MARKET

“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. The weekly “rastro” (flea market or car boot sale) is a big hit with tourists and locals alike. There is an endless supply of bric-a-brac and bargain-basement bits and bobs to be cheerfully haggled over – hopefully without fleas! No rummaging in a damp basement as all your purchasing is done in the fabulous fresh air. Heads up! As in any area of the world with an influx of tourists, be aware of the potential for naughty people who are after your wallets. One more tip! For those who want to sell things at the “rastro” you’ll need to be in the queue by 6am and it will set you back between €5 and €10 for a space. Be prepared to be pounced on as you unpack your car by other more experienced stall owners. There will often be good deals to be done that will allow you to go home and back to bed! But then you would miss out on all the fun of course. The market takes place every Friday from 08:00h until 14:00h on the Gran Via above the underground car park.

THE ANTIQUE MARKET

The most respected antique market on the Costa Blanca North takes place fifteen minutes drive from Denia town. You can easily find the sleepy village of Jesus Pobre between Javea and Denia. And on this day each month it is absolutely heaving with visitors and dealers alike. Vendors here travel to this market from many other regions of Spain with their treasure troves from days gone by. Paintings, vintage toys, quirky furniture, classic typewriters and ivory knick-knacks that hopefully might be worth a fortune one day. Picture this: antique in one hand, glass of locally produced wine in the other. Sunday bliss! This market also has “artesano” stalls offering hand-made crafted products, often sold at mindbogglingly low prices when you sit and consider the time that each item must have taken to make. Hunt around for extremely unusual jewelry, creatively decorated lamps, leather belts and bags and funkily pimped up classic whicker bags. This market takes place the first Sunday of every month from 9am until 2pm in the village of Jesus Pobre. There is ample parking. 

THE BOHEMIAN MARKET

Denia’s infamous Spring and Summer “hippy” market consists of an entire street of prettily painted wooden huts spanning the water front. These stalls sell a vast array of clothes and handicrafts. You can certainly make a dent in your wallet with all the temptation to be found; jewelery, leather goods, paintings, glassware, ceramics etc. The esplanade is also home to many restaurants, cafes, ice-cream parlours and bars. You won’t go hungry or thirsty as you enjoy a pleasant evening soaking up an exquisite atmosphere. The market is situated along the Maritim Esplanade in front of the local port, from 18:00h until midnight (until 01:00h in summer and on festival evenings).

OTHER NEARBY ``STREET`` MARKETS

Denia is centrally located on the coast of the Costa Blanca and is conveniently  close to many other towns that are worthy of a day trip. So, why not combine a day excursion with a trip to another nearby market? Be warned; most of the markets tend to stock the same products so don’t drive too far and expect to see much of a difference to that which you will find in Denia. But, if you are a market fanatic we think you’ll find our list will give you plenty to chose from. In Summer, dress in light loose clothing and don’t forget your sun cream and water bottle. We don’t want you getting all hot and bothered as you haggle your head off. The markets are usually ready and set up by 09:00h and winding down from 13:00h.

OUR TOP FIVE

1. DENIA STREET MARKET. When? Monday morning. Why? Because WE LOVE DENIA! And it’s a stones throw from our doorstep. You can pub-crawl home bearing all your wonderful bargains and get your feet up for a well-earned breather in your comfortable hotel room. A must see during a visit to our lovely town.

2. JESUS POBRE FARMERS MARKET. When? Sunday evenings in the Summer and Sunday mornings in the Winter. Why? Because it is so friendly, vibrant and interesting. The bar and live music make it easy to make new friends and none of the stalls sell anything naff….all classy or bohemian. The stall owners are all local village neighbours and the comaraderie is tangible. A great place to fill the fruit bowl and tick off some “OMG” present buying. Oh, and enjoy some delicious wine and cheese!

3. VERGEL RASTRO. When? Saturday and Sunday mornings. Why? A very big market in a small town. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time. There’s more to peruse here than a newbie would find on Netflix. Most are very friendly stall holders….although part of the charm of a flea market is that cantankerous old dear who won’t budge fifty cents!

4. PEDREGUER. When? Saturday mornings. Why? A rastro with the mostest! Chocca-bloc with useful things that people come from far and wide to sell, and an easy multi-lingual environment to enjoy. Some great food stalls too. Don’t come hungry or you will definitely succumb to the delicious treats as the waft of the grilled food will undoubtedly lure you in.

5. BENIDORM. When? Friday night. Why? Well, who needs an excuse to visit this cultural wonder of the world? This is a chance to see Benidorm in it´s true colours, away from the normal tourism, and meet real locals.

MONDAY MARKETS

  • Agres
  • Callosa d’En Sarria
  • Cox
  • Denia
  • Elche
  • Formentera
  • Granja de Rocamora
  • Ibi
  • La Nucia
  • Llocnou de Sant Jeroni
  • Orihuela
  • Parcent
  • Petrer
  • Penaguila
  • Monover
  • Real de Gandia
  • San Pedro del Pinatar
  • Santa Pola
  • Sax
  • Xeraco

TUESDAY MARKETS

  • Alicante (Rastro)
  • Aspe
  • Altea
  • Barx
  • Bellreguard
  • Benijofar
  • Campo de Mirra
  • Castalla
  • Elda
  • Jalon (Xalo)
  • Orihuela
  • Palma de Gandia
  • Piles
  • Rafelcofer
  • Relleu
  • San Fulgencio
  • Tibi
  • Villalonga
  • Xeresa

WEDNESDAY MARKETS

  • Ador
  • Alcoy
  • Alqueries
  • Almoines
  • Banyeres
  • Barx
  • Benjema
  • Beniaries
  • Benidorm
  • Benilloba
  • Benitachell
  • Biar
  • Callosa de Segura
  • Calpe (Rastro)
  • El Campello
  • Elda
  • Guardamar del Segura
  • La Font d’en Carros
  • La Mata
  • Muchamiel
  • Monforte del Cid
  • Novelda
  • Orba
  • Ondara
  • Petrer
  • Polop
  • Potries
  • Rotova
  • San Miguel de Salinas
  • Teulada

THURSDAY MARKETS

  • Agost
  • Agres
  • Albatera
  • Alguena
  • Alicante
  • Aspe
  • Benidoleig
  • Cocentaina
  • Hondon de los Frailes
  • Javea (Xabia)
  • Llocnou de Sant Jeroni
  • Pego
  • Playe de Bellreguard
  • Rafelcofer
  • Rojales
  • San Javier
  • Tavernes de Valldigna
  • Villajoyosa
  • Xixona (Jijona)

FRIDAY MARKETS

  • Albatera
  • Alfaz del Pi
  • Almoines
  • Banyeres
  • Benejuzar
  • Beniarres
  • Benidoleig
  • Crevillente
  • Daimus
  • Denia (Rastro)
  • El Verger
  • Finestrat
  • Gata de Gorgos
  • Granja de Rocamora
  • L’ Alfas del Pi
  • Monforte del Cid
  • Montesinos
  • Moraira
  • Muro de Alcoi
  • Oliva
  • Onil
  • Petrer
  • Pilar de la Horadada
  • Rafol d’ Almunia
  • Tibi
  • Torrevieja
  • Villalonga

SATURDAY MARKETS

  • Alcoy
  • Alicante
  • Almoradi
  • Alqueria
  • Banyeres
  • Bellreguard
  • Benifairo
  • Benissa
  • Callosa d’En Sarria
  • Calpe
  • Castalla
  • Castell de Castells
  • Catral
  • Elche
  • Elda
  • La Font d’En Carros
  • La Romana
  • Gaianes
  • Hondon de las Nieves
  • Novelda
  • Ondara
  • Pedreguer
  • Playa Flamenca
  • San Vicente del Raspeig
  • Salinas
  • Relleu
  • Santa Pola
  • Xalo (Jalon) Rastro

SUNDAY MARKETS

  • Algorfa
  • Benidorm
  • Benijofar
  • Campoverde
  • El Campo de Guardamar
  • Elche
  • El Zoco
  • La Nucia
  • Lliber
  • La Marina
  • Pedreguer
  • Verger
  • Villajoyosa

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