If you happen to be in Almuñécar, Spain on a Friday, the first place you should head is the Friday Market. Also known as Mercadillo Los Viernes by the locals, the Almuñécar Friday market has the best bargains in town.
So what does Almuñécar’s Friday Market sell? It would be easier to ask what doesn’t it sell.
I was there several times last month while on an extended family holiday in Almuñécar and, as my mother and I are huge market fans, we managed to get to the Friday market several times before we left town.
During our visits, we bought clothes, CDs and DVDs, books, and fresh spices. Vendors also sells kitchen equipment, hats, scarves, gloves, shoes, leather belts, coats and jackets, pottery and glass ware, flowers, organic honey, blankets and towels.
You will also find several stalls selling huge varieties of loose candy, licorice, nuts and dried fruits if you have a bit of a sweet tooth.
Prices too are low, with dresses, blouses, shirts and skirts being sold for as little as three euros, baseball caps for four euros and books, CDs and DVDs for as low as a euro.
Interestingly, I bought two long-sleeved dresses for only three euros each and the quality was lovely. After we left the market, we went into the Chinese bazaar across the street from the market where we saw the exact same dresses, except there they were selling for 12 euros. Yes, I got an exceptional bargain!
Remember too, you can bargain before you agree to buy anything. That means the price you initially see is not usually the price you will pay.
Tips for the Almuñécar Friday market
Although the Almuñécar Friday market supposedly opens at 9am, we found most sellers are not up and completely ready until 10am, so any time after that is the best time to arrive. Just be aware, by 12pm it does get very crowded.
Also be sure to hold onto your bag and wallet while you are shopping. We didn’t find it particularly worrisome when it came to potential pickpockets at the marekt but, just like anywhere in the world, markets are a prime place to have your money stolen. Just make sure you know what is going on around you as you shop, and you shouldn’t have any problems.
The Almuñécar Friday market is located on the Paseo Blas Infante, a large parking lot just opposite the Lidl supermarket. It starts at 9am and runs until 2pm.