Valencia has a long history of street markets. It’s a morning outing which is embedded into the Mediterranean culture. Initially stemming from a pride in artisan traditions and craftsmanship, Valencia street markets have become so much more diverse over the years. They are not just tourist attractions but they are fully operational trading places for locals and visitors alike. Throughout the city, most residential districts have their own market and then, once a week, they hold a street market which has an array of goods. From pots and pans to designer garments, there’s something for everyone! You can spend your week visiting each market to grab rare finds and countless bargains. A good number of districts of Valencia have their own morning street markets… for you to spend time diving through piles of clothes on their residential streets. All of these markets are usually open 9am – 2pm.
On MONDAY, it is all about RUSSAFA, the area is home to artists, workers, creatives and visiting tourists. Its local market sits alongside art galleries, café-bookshops, along with traditional bars which compete with emerging avant-garde restaurants. It’s the perfect place to grab a coffee and a pastry while you hit the market. The address is Pl. del Baró de Cortés, which is the same area as the permanent market.
On TUESDAY, there is JERSUSALÉN-PELAYO Market; with plants, clothes, bedding and jewellery, it has many options to explore over various streets. This cosmopolitan barrio is very near Valencia’s main train station, ‘Estación del Norte.’ The streets of Barrio La Roqueta: c/Convento Jerusalén, c/ Julio Antonio, c/ Ermita, c/ Estrella, c/ Vives Liern, c/ Matemático Marzal.
On WEDNESDAY, it is BENIMAMET Market. Spread across streets; Calle Onda, Calle Carpintero, Calle Alborache.
On THURSDAY, you have to head towards to the sea as CABANYAL hosts their market, which is an abundance of clothes, jewellery, handbags and much more. If you’re feeling brave head to the beach first for a sunrise swim before you dive into the streets of Cabanyal. The address is C/ de Just Vilar, 26.
On FRIDAY, the colourful BENIMACLET Market is on in the mornings across streets; Calle Rafael Tramoyeres, Calle Juan Giner.
BENICALAP Market takes over on a SATURDAY. You will find a host of goods to dig through on the streets around Parreta Park.
However, every SUNDAY there is the ‘EL RASTRO’ Market at Avenida de Suècia by the Mestalla Stadium. It is always full of surprises, from antique vases and paintings to children’s toys and digital cameras.
Report by Alice Teasdale
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