Lanzarote is the easternmost of the Canary Islands and has plenty of cultural delights to offer visitors, as well as brilliant beaches and beautiful oceans.
One of those cultural delights is the sheer number and quality of the island’s markets, which are well worth a wander around if you are visiting. Cheapflights.co.uk have made this list of some of the markets to check out on your next trip to Lanzarote.
Flea or Food Markets
Broadly speaking, there are two categories of market which can be found on the island. There are flea markets, where you can browse an enticing range of second-hand and new goods, often with a very local flavour. But there are also food markets, where visitors can sample some of the excellent produce and other traditional foods which are made in Lanzarote.
Lanzarote’s biggest and oldest open-air market can be found at Teguise. Held on the streets throughout the centre of the village, it takes place every Sunday from 9am until 2pm. This is the place to go if you are looking for some local crafts to take home, but you can also find a huge range of just about everything else. Fake designer goods stalls are dotted liberally around between the stalls offering souvenirs and local craft items.
For a slightly more upmarket selection of goods, visitors would be wise to head to Marina Rubicon Market, which is located conveniently closely to Playa Blanca. Visitors can browse a good selection of craft items, books and other souvenirs, which are generally of a higher standard of quality than those found at the other markets on the island. This market runs from 9am until 2pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays and visitors can double up, with a trip to the market in the morning followed by a saunter to the Marina at Playa Blanca in the afternoon.
A separate market also takes place on Sunday mornings in Playa Blanca, giving visitors a choice. The one which is held at Calle La Concha is a smaller affair though and is more tailored towards offering conventional souvenirs such as sunglasses, rather than anything more artistic or intrinsically local. This market also runs from 9am until 2pm on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
Potatoes and Papas Crias
Anyone who is keen on sampling the local produce which Lanzarote offers should make sure that they visit the market held in Mancha Blanca. This takes place on Sundays, from 9am until 2pm and is favoured by many locals, who shop here for fruit and vegetables. The tourists tend to stay away, which helps to give it a more authentically local atmosphere. Visitors should make sure that they check out the cherry-plum tomatoes and baby potatoes which the island produces, as well as papas crias, which are similar to truffles.
Lanzarote’s markets offer a great way of spending time in a morning, whether you want to pick up some souvenirs, some local craft items to impress your friends back home, or a new pair of ‘designer’ sunglasses because your real ones were left forgotten at home. They can also allow you to try some of the excellent fruit and vegetables which the island produces.