Along with its beautiful fishing port, lovely beaches and great shopping, Moraira also has a not-to-be-missed weekly open-air market, with many of the stalls owned by British, German and Dutch expats. If you’re going to be in Moraira on a Friday, here’s how to find the market and what are the best things to buy when you do.
Where is the Friday Moraira market? – near the seafront, you’ll find the Friday Moraira market on the town car park. Most stalls are set up by 8:30 and it closes around 13.00, so get there early for the best bargains. Parking on the remainder of the car park not covered by the market is free and there’s usually plenty of it.
Best things to buy at the Moraira market – Like most Spanish markets, the Moraira Friday market has a wonderful mix of food stuffs, gift items, household items, clothing and shoes, with a few other unique items thrown in.
Fruit and vegetables – if you’re going to be staying in Moraira or in the general vicinity for more than a couple of days, make sure you buy fruit and vegetables at Moraira market. There are several excellent stalls, all located in the same area, and selling fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables for prices far cheaper than the local supermarkets. Plus, with Spanish supermarkets often paying low prices to Spanish farmers, it’s nice to be able to buy direct from the farm at the market.
Dried fruit and nuts – another great thing to buy at Moraira market is dried fruit and nuts. There are several stalls every week selling everything from walnuts to peanuts, almonds to dried pineapple, papaya, prunes, dates and more. You can buy them either already packaged in a quarter kilo, half kilo or kilo sizes or pick out a mix of what you want and have it weighed. Again, prices are cheaper than local supermarkets and the produce is usually fresher. The stall owners will let you sample too, which is a great way to figure out what you like.
Leather bags, belts, shoes and wallets – Spain is known for its leather goods and Moraira market certainly isn’t disappointing. With cheap deals on Spanish-made leather bags, leather belts of all colors and designs, leather sandals and shoes and purses and wallets, not only is it the perfect place to buy a new bag, it’s a great place to shop for gifts too.
Books at the Lions Club stall – don’t miss the Teulada Moraira Lions Club book stall. Set up every other week, they have an enormous selection of second-hand English language books, all selling for only 1 euro (£0.82).
Household items – if you’re looking for a frying pan, a garlic press, serving spoons, bowls, plates or anything else to do with the house, you’ll find some cheap bargains at Moraira Friday market. Look for the stalls stacked high with portable gas cookers, kitchen utensils and wooden spatulas and even though everything is already cheap (much of it is around 1 euro), don’t forget if you buy a few things, you can bargain too.
Clothing – don’t pass up any of the clothing bargains at the market either. There’s lots of stalls selling winter sweaters, cardigans, jackets, coats, gloves and hats but there are also t-shirts, sweatshirts and skirts too.
With the Spanish economy doing so dismally, now is the time to buy new clothing, winter or summer. At the Moraira market you can pick up clothes for as cheap as 2 euros for t-shirts, skirts, sweatshirts and shirts and even winter and summer jackets for as low as 10 euros.
So head to Moraira for the Friday market. Shop a little, take some photographs, talk to the locals and don’t forget a cafe con leche (the Spanish latte) or some churros (Spanish donuts) at one of the mobile market cafes. Not only are they delicious, you’ll meet a lot of nice people sitting with their coffee and donuts and enjoying the market – just like you…
Places to eat –
For more info on Moraira and surrounding area visit:
- Moraira Online 24
- Markets in Moraira & the surrounding area
- Teulada Moraira
The larger resorts of Javea and Benidorm are just a short drive away offering more attractions such as water, wildlife and theme parks. Museums and film studios can be found in Alicante.