A couple of months ago, I was in Valencia with my parents and, on a tour of the city, we were taken to the Mercado Central, Valencia’s oldest market and one of the oldest food markets in Europe.
But, not only is a visit to Mercado Central interesting, as it’s classified as the longest-continuously running food market in Europe having been around for about 800 years (the market itself, not the current building which was built just over 100 years ago), it’s also a fabulous way to check out the local Valencian food and to people watch. And, of course, to take some incredible photos of Mercado Central. Check out mine.
By the way, if you do go to Valencia’s Mercado Central to take photographs, buy food and enjoy the incredible atmosphere, I also recommend heading outside to the left of the main doorway of the building when you’re done, where you’ll see several cafes with tables set up on a small plaza.
It’s a fabulous place to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, a plate of tapas while you watch the people walk by. If you’re lucky as we were, you may even be serenaded by a street musician playing absolutely beautiful Spanish guitar.