Markets in Costa del Sol offer an outstanding way to soak up local culture while finding everything from fresh produce to housewares and locally made arts and crafts. Whether you're looking for a souvenir, a gift for that special someone, or a local delicacy prepared from generations-old family recipes, you'll find stunning sights, enchanting smells and delectable tastes under every tent and at every stall while you navigate aisles full of colourful wares.

    If you're looking to go shopping like a local in Costa del Sol, the options are numerous. Check out some of the best markets in the city to add some flavour to your Spanish holiday.

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    Fuengirola Street Market

    Find arts, crafts and street food amid Moorish towers

    Fuengirola Street Market is a must-visit for its outstanding shopping experience and wide range of local atmosphere and colour, from the town's historic backdrop to the goods on offer. As you walk the vendor stalls filled with clothes, crafts, artworks and gifts, you'll be treated to a backdrop of towering Moorish castles dating to the early Middle Ages as well as the salt air and warm sun. You can find everything here from leather workers to farmers selling fresh produce.

    Looking to grab a bite? Try some fresh-cooked Spanish street food for takeaway. It's all located on Calle Recinto Ferial just off the Costa del Sol waterfront.

    Location: C. Recinto Ferial, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain

    Open: Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm (closed Wednesday–Monday)

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    Rastro de Coín

    Visit a flea market at a shopping centre

    Rastro de Coín is located in the parking lot of La Trocha shopping centre every Sunday and offers just about every kind of pre-owned and new item you can imagine. Here you'll find locally made arts and crafts, clothing, housewares, souvenirs, gifts, and other new and used items across dozens of vendor stalls. It's a vibrant local market that carries the vibe of a flea market with a casual, fun atmosphere and is a great place to spend a few hours on a Sunday morning.

    This market is located about an hour away from Costa del Sol to the northeast. It's best to get here early to get the best deals.

    Location: 29100 Coín, Málaga, Spain

    Open: Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm (closed Monday–Saturday)

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    Mercadillo Marbella

    Explore hundreds of stalls with unique items and great deals

    Mercadillo Marbella is one of several weekly outdoor markets that offer up fantastic deals and bargains across a wide range of unique items to offer something for everyone. You'll find hundreds of stalls here offering everything from home decor and housewares to leather goods, shoes, clothing, furniture, rugs, jewellery, gifts and souvenirs. You can also explore a wonderful farmers market area with fresh fruits, veggies, herbs and spices.

    This market is in the heart of Marbella, about 30 minutes to the east of central Costa del Sol. It's a wonderful, family-friendly and romantic place to spend some time on a Monday and soak up local culture.

    Location: Costa del Sol, Spain

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    Mercadillo Arroyo de la Miel

    Shop an outdoor market near a theme park

    Mercadillo Arroyo de la Miel in the heart of Benalmádena places you within a stone's throw of a theme park, beaches and great deals on gifts, food, arts and crafts. The market is at the entrance of the Tivoli World theme park and is a wonderful place to spend a few hours on a Friday morning. You can explore stalls filled with farm-fresh produce, cheeses, meats, fruit and even locally made wine. Bakers sell sweets, cakes and pastries that make for a great treat at the end of the morning.

    Mercadillo Arroyo de la Miel is about 50 minutes to the east of central Costa del Sol. Get here early to secure the greatest variety and best deals.

    Location: 29631 Benalmádena, Málaga, Spain

    Open: Friday from 8 am to 3 pm (closed Saturday–Thursday)

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    San Pedro Thursday Outdoor Market

    Explore over 200 stalls with clothes, produce and more

    The San Pedro Thursday Outdoor Market is a large market with over 230 stalls selling produce, ceramics, clothing and accessories. This market has a reputation for its fresh produce and quality goods. You'll find everything from handmade ceramics, clothing and jewellery to pre-owned quality goods at bargain prices. You can also pick up gorgeous freshly cut flowers and delicious fruits and vegetables from local farmers so you can cook up your own fresh farm-to-table meals.

    One of the best things about the San Pedro Thursday Outdoor Market is its proximity to Costa del Sol. It's only about 20 minutes south of the city centre.

    Location: Costa del Sol, Spain

    Open: Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm (closed Friday–Wednesday)

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    Rastro de Benalmádena

    Head for a car park flea market outside of Paloma Park

    Rastro de Benalmádena is held every Wednesday just outside of Paloma Park and offers a classic flea market experience with vendors selling right out of their car boots. You'll find a fun, lively and interesting atmosphere with everything from used housewares to handmade jewellery and fresh produce direct from local farmers. This place is worth a visit because of its casual and fun atmosphere as well as the great deals you can get on gently used merchandise. It's also a good place to soak up authentic local culture.

    You'll want to get an early start to get the best deals. It's about 55 minutes east of central Costa del Sol.

    Location: Av. de Rocío Jurado, 6Z, 29630 Benalmádena, Málaga, Spain

    Open: Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm (closed Thursday–Tuesday)

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    Muelle Uno street market

    Shop a monthly market along an outdoor mall

    Muelle Uno street market offers an open-air, monthly market along a waterfront mall with contemporary shopping and dining bordered by the sea and a promenade lined with orange trees. Here you'll find almost 100 stalls selling handmade arts and crafts, jewellery, vintage and homemade clothing, home décor, organic foods and locally-produced meat and cooking supplies. In addition, the mall offers more than 30 outlets offering just about everything from shoes and clothes to accessories and cosmetics.

    You can also grab a bite to eat and drink at local restaurants and bars along the stretch when you want to take a break. Muelle Uno is in Málaga, just over an hour from central Costa del Sol.

    Location: P.º del Muelle Uno, 4, 29016 Málaga, Spain

    Open: Daily from noon to midnight

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    Marbella Street Market

    Check out a popular and busy public market

    The Marbella Street Market is held every Monday and offers more than 350 stalls of vendors selling plants, flowers, shoes, clothes and other goods all near the main fairground. It's just about 30 minutes east of central Costa del Sol and is one of several weekly markets held in this town. You can find handmade clothing, arts and crafts, colourful ceramics, Spanish linens, souvenirs, gifts for loved ones, and home decor and housewares. The stalls and offerings change constantly, so you can visit this market several times and find new treasures each time.

    This is one of the more popular markets around Costa del Sol, so it can get very crowded. Parking is also tricky, so it's recommended to take public transit.

    Location: Costa del Sol, Spain

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    Puerto Banus Saturday Market

    Hone your haggling skills

    Puerto Banus Saturday Market is one of many markets held in Marbella about 30 minutes east of Costa del Sol and offers tons of great deals and local culture. What marks this place as truly unique is that it's something of a social event for locals, so you'll get to see Costa del Sol colour up close while you stroll myriad stalls selling handmade arts and crafts, clothes, fresh fruit and vegetables, accessories and antiques. The market is also lined with a strip of cafes and bars for a quick bite to eat and a refreshing beverage.

    This market is bustling with great deals. It's also a place to hone your haggling skills, as bargaining is encouraged.

    Location: C. 01B Nva Andaluc, 4, 29660 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

    Open: Saturday from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm (closed Sunday–Friday)

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    La Cala de Mijas Market

    Shop a traditional covered Spanish market

    La Cala de Mijas Market is a traditional covered public market offering a wide variety of goods and services from clothes to gifts and farm-fresh produce. Here you can shop hundreds of stalls where local vendors sell their handmade arts, crafts, clothing, accessories and other goods. You'll find housewares, purses, jewellery and wall art to hang at home. You can also find a wide range of souvenirs and gifts to commemorate your trip. Farm stands sell fresh foods from produce to meats and cheeses.

    The deals are changing all the time, so visit often. It's about 45 minutes east of Costa del Sol along the coast.

    Location: 29649, Málaga, Spain

    Open: Wednesday, Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm (closed Thursday–Friday, Sunday–Monday)

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