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The Markets of Gran Canaria - An Overview
Farmers Markets, Handicraft Markets and much more...
As common in southern countries, there also are several weekly markets on Gran Canaria. Almost every larger resort on the holiday island has its own market. Gran Canaria has it all from farmers markets to crafts markets and major tourist markets. Depending on the type of market you will find food, household goods, handicrafts, clothing and of course all kinds of holiday souvenirs.
It can be said that there is a weekly market every day in some place in Gran Canaria. The markets in the less touristy towns are rather flea or farmers' markets. The weekly markets in the southern part of the canarian island and in the emblematic holiday resorts are generally mixed, or designed mainly for the tourist market.
Which Market is Worthwhile?
If you search in the guides or inquire on the Internet you will only find a handful of suggestions that are constantly repeated on every other website. You are only referred to the usual tourist markets, which is quite disappointing considering that there are countless great markets in Gran Canaria. Therefore, we have compiled a list of all markets for you, noted the respective category, sorted by localities, and highlight a few special features of each region. In this way, you can include the markets of your interest in your Gran Canaria explorations. Experience something very special instead of just the usual!
What Categories of Markets are There in Gran Canaria and Where Can You Find Them?
Farmers Markets on Gran Canaria
In towns such as Ingenio, Valleseco or Cruce de Arinaga mainly food and household goods are sold. These markets are usually a bit smaller. If you want to get to know the authentic Gran Canaria and get a glimpse into the loud and spirited everyday life of the locals, these are the markets to go. Locals meet for shopping, to exchange the latest gossip, and it is haggled here. In addition, fruits and vegetables could hardly be any fresher and the prices are often cheaper than those of the common supermarket chains.
Mixed Tourist Markets in Gran Canaria
The markets in the southern localities such as San Fernando, Arguineguin und Puerto de Mogán are very large with hundreds of booth and there is a lot of activity. They are almost exclusively visited by tourists. Accordingly, you will find plenty of souvenirs, clothing, shoes and accessories, but also many local natural products such as honey from local beekeepers or cosmetics from the Aloe Vera plant. Food and fruit stands are also present but only very little.
Craft Markets in Gran Canaria
In towns such as Las Palmas, Teror oder San Mateo are markets of traditional origin, which have gradually taken on a touristic character due to their popularity. These markets have become so popular because of their great surroundings. Between the usual stuff, one can still find some genuine treasures of the island-typical arts and crafts such as hand-rolled cigars, canarian embroideries or braiding and beyond that also some local specialties.
An Overview of All Markets in Gran Canaria
With this article we would like to give you an overview of the different markets and highlight a few special features of each region. We assume no liability for the information (market size, event days and times).
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Market in Agüimes
Agüimes was already inhabited before the conquest through the Spanish. People lived from agriculture then. This is mostly a local market and rarely visited by tourists. There are mainly regional products from the surrounding farms, as well as house-wares and clothing. The prices are cheap. After visiting the market, you should take a walk through the picturesque town center where you can still find the old Canarian architectural style.
Market in Arguineguín
On market day, the small fishing village is very well visited. Due to the high popularity it is extremely difficult to get a parking space in the village. Therefore we advise travelling to Arguineguín by public bus. You will mainly find clothing, accessories and things you need while on holiday. A few fruit and vegetable booth are also available. If you like fish we recommend staying for lunch in one of the many fish restaurants by the beach or in the port.
Market in Cruce de Arinaga
Cruce de Arinaga is a very young town, which developed mainly through the establishment of the adjacent industrial area. On this market you will find food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, various household goods, shoes and clothing. The prices are cheap. The market visit can be combined with a walk on the beach promenade in Playa de Arinaga and a lunch in one of the great fish restaurants.
Market in Arucas
You can find everything from flowers, crafts, food to books and souvenirs here. Arucas is home to the rum "Arehucas" and the delicious Canarian bananas. We also recommend a visit to the old town with many architectural gems and the emblematic black basalt church. Unfortunately the Rum factory is closed on Saturday and can therefore not be visited.
Markets in Gáldar
Gáldar is a region of agriculture and flowers. Same as Telde, it used to be one of the capital towns of the aboriginal inhabitants. This is a market where you can get fruits and vegetables from local cultivation - fresh and at good prices. After the market, we recommend visiting the museum of the archaeological site around the Cueva Pintada, the painted cave and a walk through the pretty town center. You can also get excellent and good priced meals here.
Market in Ingenio
You mostly get fruits and vegetables at this very small market. It is a market visited almost exclusively by locals. Tourists are rarely to be found here. A visit to the historic town of Ingenio is interesting as you get to see traditional Canarian houses. There are also a few smaller museums, such as El Granero and the Arts and Crafts Museum where you can buy the island-typical handicrafts as original holiday souvenirs.
Market in Jinamar
There is probably nothing that can’t be found on this market. It is geared towards the Canarian clientele and is highly frequented by locals. The prices are correspondingly cheap. On this market you will experience the Canarian way of life up close, you are practically right in the middle of it. Authentic Canarian dishes are also available at the various booths (for sightseeing in the area see market Telde).
Market in La Aldea de San Nicolás
La Aldea de San Nicolás at the west coast of the island lives from agriculture and mostly from growing the tasty canarian tomato. On your way to La Aldea you will pass by the emblematic colored rocks “Los Azulejos”. In the old town of the village you will find old stone and mud houses that date back to the 17. und 18. century. Combine the stroll over the market with a visit to the cactus park “Cactualdea” one of the biggest in Europe.
Market in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The flea market takes place on the roof of the bus station. San Telmo is the terminus for most of the buses from the south. A visit to the flea market can be combined with a visit to the island's capital. As a rule, shops in the pedestrian zone are closed on Sundays, with very few exceptions.
Market in Las Palmas – Vegueta
Sundays 10:00 h - 14:00 h (except July, August and September)
Flowers and plants are certainly on offer, as well as handicrafts such as pottery, leather goods and jewelry. The small market in the picturesque old town of Las Palmas also offers a varied cultural program with folk music and traditional dance. When visiting the market is a great opportunity to make a detour to the Museo Canario in the old town, which is open until 14.00 h on Sundays.
Market in Moya
Fruit, vegetables, flowers, the popular Moya biscuits, bread and cheese are available here. Canarian craftsmen offer a variety of handcrafted goods. Moya is a very contemplative mountain village. Worth seeing are the church Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, the museum in the birthplace of the poet Tomás Morales and the chapel of San Bartolomé de Fontanales. It is also recommended to combine the market visit with a walk through the pretty laurel forest.
Markets in Puerto de Mogán
The special attraction of this market is certainly its scenery. It stretches across the small fishing village up to the picturesque marina known as "Little Venice". The market visit can be combined with an afternoon on the cozy little beach of the village. The place is packed on market day, there are hardly any parking spaces and the public buses are hopelessly overcrowded, especially in winter. In this period it is advisable to go there with our bus tour to the market in Puerto de Mogán.
Market in Puerto Rico
Although this market takes place in the island's second largest holiday resort, it is not a tourist market. Here you will mostly find fruit and vegetables from Canarian agriculture, also available from organic cultivation. You can also get canarian cheese, pastries, freshly prepared juices, handmade jewelry and knitwear. Sometimes folk music and dancing groups are present too. Puerto Rico also has two pretty sports harbors where you can go for a stroll afterwards.
Market in San Bartolomé / Tunte
Tunte, as its Guanche name used to be, is another mountain village with typical Canarian flair that was already settled by the indigenous people. At this market you will mostly get local food. In addition to fruits and vegetables from the surrounding fields, there also are plants and flowers. And you should certainly not miss out on the Canarian pastries and honey, as well as cheese, olive oil and olives. San Bartolomé is located on the Way of St. James. Therefore a visit to the market can be combined with a walk on the Way of St. James.
Markets in San Fernando
This is the largest of all markets and there is the corresponding rush. Most of the visitors are holiday makers. The offer is also mainly directed to this group of visitors. Souvenirs, clothes, toys, jewelry and much more can be found here. Of course, food is also offered. Inside the market hall are stands with flowers and plants and some Canarian specialties are offered.
San Fernando is one of the resident neighborhoods in the tourist community of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. Here you can also get a glimpse of the authentic Canarian everyday life. A small market where you can mainly buy fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, there are other foods, plants, clothing, accessories and household goods. The market is also frequented by tourists. San Fernando is close to Maspalomas where you can find the famous sand dunes.
Market in San Mateo
Canarian bread, pastries, cakes, sweets, dried fruit, plants, flowers, cheese, olives, honey, wine and eggs are just a few of the local specialties offered at this great market. The market hall is covered, so that one is independent of the prevailing weather conditions. Live music completes the ambiance. However, the search for a parking space is problematic because of the great popularity. Therefore, we recommend you join one of our organized bus tour to the market in San Mateo.
Market in Santa Brigida
Volcanic soil and frequent rainfall turn Santa Brigida into a green oasis. It is a place that lives from agriculture and is part of the Gran Canaria wine route. But also in handicrafts and the production of musical instruments, such as the Canarian Timple, this place is a household name. Its wines, jam specialties and pottery may not be missing on the market. The fruits and vegetables as well as bread and pastries are produced locally. You will find many bodegas when taking a walk in the area where you can taste local wines.
Market in Santa Lucia
A market that is becoming more and more popular. The offer includes typical island weaving, liqueurs and honey. The small palm-fringed village is tranquil. In the narrow streets of the center you will find beautifully restored Canarian country houses and a beautiful church. Not far from Santa Lucia is the historic site La Fortaleza de Ansite. One of the last abode of the natives.
Market in Santa María de Guía
The specialty of the region is the Flor de Guía cheese. Another important industry of the village is the arts and crafts. The community is known in particular for the production of the Canarian knife. But you can also admire traditional woodwork such as Canarian balconies and wickerwork. The whole city center is under monument protection. Also worth seeing is the nearby Ceneobio de Valerón a cave system, which was used by the aborigines as a granary.
Market in Telde
Once the capital of the natives - today the second largest city of Gran Canaria. The market is rarely visited by tourists and therefore the offer is limited to the resident market. This is a market that opens a window into the real Canarian everyday life to the island visitor. The sights of the city are also located in the historic center. We recommend a trip outside the city to the natural monument Cuatro Puertas, a former sanctuary of the Guanches, where you can also see some cave dwellings.
Market in Teror
This market is no longer an insider tip. This is mainly due to its great panorama. The small Canarian mountain village is nestled in beautiful mountain scenery. The visitors are mixed. Locals and tourists alike visit the market and the demand is correspondingly large. The local specialty is the spread sausage Chorizo de Teror, which is served with home-baked bread. We recommend the visit with our organized bus tour to the market in Teror, as there is no direct bus connection from the south.
Market in Tejeda
Only between October and May, 1st Sunday of the month 09:00 h - 14:00 h
This mountain village is listed among of the most beautiful in Spain. The surrounding area is characterized by orchards, vegetable farms and corn fields. Mainly goods from the area are offered. Fruit, vegetables and honey from Tejeda as well as Canary cheese, Gofio and wines. In addition, handmade clothing is available. Of course, almond biscuits and marzipan should not be missed in this region. A visit to the Ethnographic Museum and the Center for Medicinal Plants is certainly worthwhile.
Market in Valleseco
This market offers organic products such as fruits and vegetables as well as bread and pastries made from organic ingredients. Fresh juices can’t certainly be missing. There is also a restaurant-cafeteria in the market area, where you can have breakfast on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 h to 11:00 h before the market visit. The baked goods are made on site from the organic ingredients. And on Sundays, until 17:00 h, you can enjoy Canarian specialties such as goat meat and Canary jacket potatoes in almondmojo.
Market in Valsequillo
The town lays in the drop of an extinct volcanic crater. A fertile valley with enough water and correspondingly lush nature. It is especially pretty at the almond blossom around February. Its Cuartel de Colmenar still testifies to the resistance of the indigenous people against their Spanish occupants. Culture and island-typical arts and crafts are still very well maintained here. The region is known best for its cheese specialties.
Market in Vecindario
This is a typical Canarian city market. The market is aimed at locals, as Vecindario is not a tourist destination. The prices are correspondingly cheap. Things of everyday use are offered: food, clothing, toys and plants. Vecindario is very good for shopping in gegneral. Away from the tourist shops on the coast, you will find the leading Spanish brands in the shopping center Atlantico. Lunch following the shopping spree is available in the surrounding bars and restaurants at local prices.
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