The Costa del Sol is one of the most beautiful destinations on earth, with so many of us flocking to the area to enjoy the Spanish sun, picturesque views, and charming local atmosphere. One of the best ways that visitors can truly immerse themselves in the culture of the Costa del Sol is by heading to one of the many lovely street markets that are spread throughout. These spots are perfect for picking up gifts, souvenirs, and traditional bites to eat and can easily be visited by those who have decided to get a car rental in Malaga. In this guide, we are going to highlight a handful of the very best street markets the Costa del Sol has to offer, letting you know about what you can look forward to during your visit.
Marbella Street Market
If you are anywhere near Marbella on a Monday during your holiday, you should certainly head on over to Marbella Street Market. Marbella’s Monday market is held in the city’s main fairground (Recinto Ferial) and is one of the best street markets in the Costa del Sol. Replete with top bargains and an assortment of unique items across its 360 stalls, there is a little something for everyone. Speaking to us about what this street market is all about, the team at Marbella Azul (a top resource for all things Marbella) said:
“Marbella’s Monday market is a short, pleasant walk from the city centre. Offering great deals on linen, clothing, artisan products to decorate your home, jewellery, and leather goods along with shoes, furniture and rugs. All in all, everything you can need from a market. Well set out with a wonderful fruit and veg area along with a well-stocked spice and herb section, it’s a very popular market with locals and visitors.”
Muelle Uno street market
Malaga has so much to offer visitors to this region of southern Spain, acting as the perfect home base for exploring the Costa del Sol and wider Andalucía area. Another one of its many charms is its market scene and this includes the Muelle Uno street market, located at the beautiful port of Malaga. With a truly picturesque backdrop, this open-air complex is lined with contemporary shops and restaurants along the waterfront. The street market offers stalls perfect for all your browsing needs, including gourmet food, handmade items, Ibizan clothes, and custom baskets. Adding further to the enjoyment, the canopy above protects shoppers from the summer heat, allowing you to browse at your leisure. Held on the first three Sundays of the month (check their schedule for dates), it shouldn’t be missed if you are in town.
Fuengirola Street Market
The brightly coloured Fuengirola Street Market should certainly be on your Costa del Sol to-do list, providing not only a great shopping experience but a marvellous way to enjoy the local atmosphere. Fuengirola is a beautiful town, known for its sandy beaches and Moorish castle towers and, as such, is a great location to spend time exploring, and this includes the street market! Held on Tuesdays between 9 am and 2 pm, here visitors can discover everything from leather goods and fruit and veg stores to a plethora of wonderful food trucks that sell delicious, freshly cooked, Spanish street-food. So, if you are looking to sample a bite or two to eat or are on the lookout for a memento of your time in the Costa del Sol, Fuengirola Street Market at Calle Recinto Ferial – just off the waterfront – is the ideal location.
Puerto Banus Street Market
Heading to Marbella once more, visitors to the Costa del Sol can look forward to another excellent street market. Puerto Banus Street Market is held on Saturdays between 9 am and 3 pm, tucked just behind Nueva Andalucía’s bullring. This large market is a truly social event for the locals, going far beyond a simple shopping trip. As well as the myriad stalls selling arts and crafts, antiques, clothing and fresh fruit, you will also find a collection of lovely cafes and bars to enjoy a refreshing drink. Marbella community site, Marbella Family Fun, says: “The weekly Puerto Banus Street Market is bustling with great deals to be found. At this market, held every Saturday, everyone in the family is sure to find something interesting.” They also say to “try your hand at bargaining as this is acceptable at the local flea markets.”
Arroyo de la Miel market
The Costa del Sol is full of great locations that must be visited and one of these is certainly the town of Benalmadena, loved for its beaches and its popular theme park. There are many reasons to spend a day exploring the town and this includes mooching around the market at Arroyo de la Miel. Found just behind the entrance to Tivoli World on Fridays between 9 am and 2 pm, a morning spent here will be a treat indeed. Food lovers always enjoy coming to the Arroyo de la Miel market, where fresh farm produce, including meats, cheese, olives, fruit, and even wine can be found. There is also a multitude of cakes and sweets – perfect for an afternoon treat after having explored the local area.
The team at We Love Malaga – a Malaga tour company – spoke to us about some further recommendations for which street markets to visit. Apart from those already mentioned, the team suggests:
- Wednesday: La Cala Market – “Located in the fairground just off the A7 coastal road in La Cala de Mijas”
- Wednesday: Estepona Market – “Located next to the fairground”
- Thursday: Torremolinos Market – “Located next to the Water Park. Just a short taxi ride from Sunset Beach Club.”
- Thursday: San Pedro Alcántara Outdoor Market – “Another popular market and well known for its great variety of fresh produce.”
- Sunday: Rastro Flea Market – “The famous Rastro, located next to the Congress centre of Malaga”
Tips for experiencing Malaga culture
As mentioned, street markets are a great way to become immersed in the culture of a destination but what other ways can this be achieved? Well, Imma from the Malaga tour company Malaga Adventures says: “One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of experiencing Spanish culture is undoubtedly through its cuisine. While there is an array of fantastic tapas restaurants in the historic centre, I would strongly recommend taking a trip to Pedregalejo. The Pedregalejo beach is one of the oldest and most traditional fishing spots of the city.”
While not a street market, Imma also can’t recommend the famous Atarazanas Market enough, offering delicious local food and produce. She adds: “Both within and around the market, you will also find a variety of tapas restaurants, principally specialising in seafood, fresh from the market, of course!”
Costa del Sol street markets to visit
- Marbella Street Market
- Muelle Uno Street Market
- Fuengirola Street Market
- Puerto Banus Street Market
- Arroyo de la Miel Market
As you can see, the Costa del Sol isn’t lacking a vibrant and exciting street market scene, with each one selling a true menagerie of handmade items, produce, and gifts. So, next time you head to the region, make sure you stop by one of the above, pick up a few bits and pieces and enjoy the local atmosphere.