The Costa del Sol is known for its wide choice of street markets – or flea markets, as they are sometimes referred to. As visiting these markets seems to be on most of our guest’s to-do lists, we thought we’d put together a short and concise guide featuring the most popular markets along the coast.
Many of the local street markets combine flea markets and boot sales, so for the sake of this guide, we’ll just refer to all as street markets. Although we haven’t included all the markets which take place throughout the week, we have tried to aadd all the ones that we’ve actually been to and that our guests have recommended.
So what can you expect to see at these street markets? Well, it depends on the actual market as some are geared more towards holiday makers and others are where locals go to stock up their fridges!!! There is a common theme to all though; there are some great bargains to be had!
Most street markets will have a great selection of goods on offer: Colourful ceramics, Spanish linen, fresh fruit and vegetables, cheap shoes and clothing, jewellery and watches, and lots more goodies…
Opening times tend to differ, but most open at 9:00am and stay open until 1:00 or 2:00 pm – if you look to get there for around 10:00am, you can’t go wrong.
So here goes… our guide to the best street markets on the Costa del Sol. Note, we’ve included each day of the week and the market’s available on each day to make it easier to plan you’re weekly itinerary 🙂
Marbella – Every Monday morning in the town’s main fair ground (near the car dealerships at the entrance to Marbella). You’ll find a bit of everything at this popular market. If you’re driving, parking could be a problem!
Fuengirola – The Fuengirola market is held in the Fair Ground in the town centre. Parking is a problem but it’s worth the hassle as this is one of the biggest of the Coast’s markets with loads of great stalls. You can get a bus straight to Fuengirola from just outside Sunset Beach Club.
Benalmadena Costa/Arroyo de la Miel – Located at the fair ground behind Paloma Park, this one is a favourite amongst our hotel guests as it’s within walking distance. Please be advised that this is more of a car boot sale than a traditional flea market.
La Cala – Located in the fair ground just off the A7 coastal road in La Cala de Mijas.
Estepona – Located next to the fair ground. Again, this is quite a big market and one of the most popular in the area (western Costa del Sol).
Torremolinos – Located next to the Water Park. Just a short taxi ride from Sunset Beach Club.
San Pedro de Alcántara – Another popular market and well known for its great variety of fresh produce. Parking is a little easier than at some of the other market venues.
Arroyo de la Miel – This market is in the Tivoli World car park area. Guests staying at Sunset Beach Club can jump on the L2 bus just outside the hotel to get to the market quickly and cheaply 😉
Fuengirola – This is actually more like a car boot sale (The one on Tuesday is a proper street market) You’ll find some really interesting and bargain items here 😉
Puerto Banus – Although a bit further down the Coast (45 minute drive) this has to be one of the most popular and visited markets on the Costa del Sol. Lots of great stalls as well as a wide selection of antiques on sale. Parking can be a problem; we recommend you park in one of the car parks in the main port area and then walk up to the market.
There a lots of cafés and bars around the market where you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat.
Torremolinos – Near the Water Park.
Fuengirola – Located near the Mosque and the Sohail Castle. This is more of a flea market with lots of leather goods, souvenirs and gifts.
So there you go, our quick guide to the best street markets on the Costa del Sol. A quick word of warning, as in all popular tourist attractions, there are pick-pockets around who pray on the innocence of some tourists so please be careful with your wallets, bags and belongings! Another quick pointer: Prices of products on sale at the street markets are usually fixed but we recommend you try and barter a little, you can usually get some very good deals!
Have fun and don’t spend too much!
Note: For more information about the local street markets, please ask at the Leisure Desk on the 6th Floor of Sunset Beach Club.
Photo Credit: Mataparda