Are you a market lover? There are many Algarve markets to visit!
These local markets are places full of fresh and locally produced goods. The most common Algarve markets are the daily fresh fruit and fish markets, most towns and villages in the region have one (or two!). They are open only in the morning, so a visit to the market is a great way to start the day and get immerse in the local culture. Even if you are not staying in self-catering accommodation, you can buy some fruit for a mid-day snack, try some local delicacies or buy souvenirs for your family and friends.
Most markets are a mix of colours and smells. The vendors are friendly local producers proud to show you their products (fruits and vegetables, fish, shellfish and meat, and of course traditional products like honey, sweets, jams, etc.)
Would you like to visit one market like this?
I present you not one, but three that you must visit.
. Olhão Municipal Market
Any trip to Olhão really must include a visit to the municipal market! Its architecture is unique and you can’t find anything like it in the whole region. Two enormous red brick buildings facing the waterfront area of Olhão.
The market is located downtown between two gardens along the waterfront with some barrier islands on the horizon. The view outside is amazing, and there are some bars, coffee-shops and ice-cream shops where you can sit and enjoy a drink (or ice-cream).
One of the markets is only for fish and seafood. Here you will find a big variety of fresh fish that was caught during the night before. On the other building, you can find fruit and vegetable as well as meat, charcuterie, cheese, dry fruits and other delicacies.
The market is open from 7am until 1pm and if you visit on a Saturday morning there is also an open-air market running alongside with local farmers.
. Portimão Municipal Market
The municipal market in Portimão is a modern building. It is probably the biggest in the region and although is not as charming as the most typical ones, there you will find everything you need. There are fresh and locally sourced products in large quantities and variety.
The market was opened in 2007 and covers an area of nearly 8.500 square metres. Get lost inside this dream for fresh products lovers! You can visit between 7am and 2pm and between 5pm and 8pm from Monday to Friday and between 7am and 2pm on Saturdays and holidays.
. Loulé Municipal Market
Loulé municipal market is located in the historic centre. It is an iconic building with more than 100 years. The construction has a neo-Arab style, with four pavilions and four gates, intending with its magnitude to symbolize the prosperity of the County.
This market is a must visit if you visit Loulé or are staying nearby. Inside you will find a mix of locals and tourists and a variety of the stalls and stands offering fresh vegetables, fish and handicrafts. You can visit from Monday to Saturday from 6.30am until 3pm.
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