Spain’s Best Marketplaces for Foodies
Sampling mouth-watering dishes is just one of the bonuses a trip to Spain brings – the paella, croquettes, pisto and gazpacho, to name just a few. The Spanish take their cuisine seriously and use only the freshest ingredients, which is why markets play such a big part in the culture of this tasty country. Combine the delicious food with fun filled beaches and idyllic weather and you see why a Mediterranean jaunt is so attractive, especially if you can get one of the cheap, last minute holidays out there.
Locals are passionate about their food and trips to the market to stock up on organic produce are an everyday occurrence. Most of the villages, towns and cities will have local markets but here are three of the most famous to give you a flavour of what to expect.
In the capital
Madrid is the capital city and it is here where you’ll find the historic San Miguel market, which has been serving customers for over a century. You can find the freshest raw ingredients, including meats and vegetables, for every dish imaginable home in over 30 stalls. The market is set in the bustling old town area of the city, where you will find a host of restaurants and bars. You can easily spend a day here browsing, shopping and taking in an exhibition or two.
Spain’s most popular market
Barcelona is the country’s second largest city and easily one of the most popular tourist destinations thanks to Gaudi’s architecture and beautiful parks. The Market of la Boqueria, located in Ciutat Vella area is an explosion of colour and noise, and definitely one of the liveliest places in the city. The market’s origins date as far back as the 12th century and the iron structure is home to countless fresh produce stalls. It’s always packed with shoppers, and you’ll also find the Boqueria Food School here if you fancy learning some dishes from the master chefs.
The Andalusian fish market
If you’re in Cadiz don’t miss the chance to visit the Plaza de Abastos fish market for an authentic Spanish experience. This market sells the freshest and most diverse ranges of seafood available, some of which you’ll be scratching your head to identify. Immense tuna caught on the same day, fresh oysters, eels and of course shrimp and prawns for paella are all on offer here. There are also plenty of little bars and restaurants to enjoy some drinks and tapas at the end of the day.
The Mediterranean diet is recognised as one of the healthiest in the world, mainly due to the quality of the ingredients and if you want fresh head to the markets. You won’t find a better place than these colourful and vibrant areas in which to become immersed in your Spanish destination.