A Guide To The Best Algarve Markets
A visit to a local market whilst on holiday is a great way to spend the day, experience the culture and try out fresh, local foods. On the Algarve, you’ll find a number of different markets in towns and villages, with most being held in the mornings before the sun gets too hot.
Some markets take place every day, particularly if they sell food, whereas there are bigger and more special ones which are held just a few times a month. Algarve markets are extremely popular with tourists and locals alike, but as there are so many, finding the best markets can be a bit of a task. With that in mind, here is a guide to the best Algarve markets you can find, as well as some handy tips.
4 Of The Best Algarve Markets
Loulé Municipal Market
Loulé municipal market is held in the historic city centre and is open daily. On arrival into Loulé, you’ll quickly spot the beautiful building where the market is held and one of the features of this market is that it is indoors, so if you’re looking for a break from the Algarve sun, then you can pop in to catch some shade. You can buy fresh fish, organic food and local products from Loulé market and as it is at the heart of the city, there is a great mix of both tourists and locals.
Boliqueime Antique Market
There are a number of different Algarve markets, but the Boliqueime Antique Market is perhaps one of the best and most unique. Antique fairs have increased in popularity over recent years and this is a great one to visit if you want to look for hidden treasures and one of a kind antiques. The Boliqueime market is held on the first Sunday of every month near the church in the village.
At the Quarteira market, you’ll find an abundance of ceramics, shoes, handbags, linens and cork products, making it the perfect place to find unique souvenirs to take home after your holiday. The Quarteira market takes place every Wednesday and is located on the northeastern outskirts in Fonte Santa, but Quarteira is a great place to explore if you feel overwhelmed by the haggling and bartering which forms part of the market experience. There are buses and tours which leave from most towns and cities on the Algarve if you want to plan a trip to this Algarve market.
Lagos Food Market
If you’re looking to indulge in and enjoy a range of fresh and local produce, then the Loule Food Market is the place to go. This market takes place every Saturday from 7am to 1pm and is fairly easy to get to from most places on the Algarve as it is right next to the bus station. If you’re looking for a relaxed and memorable shopping and cultural experience during your holiday, then a visit to this Algarve market is a must. From fresh olives and fruits to eggs and chilli jams, you can find almost anything food-wise here and it is all fresh, cheap and tasty.
Top Tips For Shopping At Algarve Markets
- Arrive early to get the best produce and products
- Don’t be afraid to haggle at Algarve markets
- Take cash with you – many traders don’t accept card payments
- Take reusable bags to carry your purchases
- Food markets are great places to buy food when you are staying in one of our villas
- Explore the markets before you buy anything to see what is on offer