The simple holiday pastime of visiting the local market never seems to become old.

Whether it’s the atmosphere of the stalls lined with goods and treasures, the characters of the stall holders, local produce (and also many, many goods made in China), haggling, shopping for gifts and souvenirs to take home, people watching, who knows what the draw is, but it´s certainly a special experience.

And of course, when visiting a market in Gran Canaria, you can combine your shopping with visiting somewhere new.  You could visit a market every day of the week here, here are a selection of the most popular:

Teror

Possibly the most authentic and the oldest market in Gran Canaria, set in the square next to the church in Teror every Sunday from 08.00 – 14.00. Teror is a beautiful, quaint town in the mountains and is home to the patron saint Virgin del Pino and lots of the goods and products found at the market are linked to church’s famous figurine.

There are lots of fresh local produce available at this market, and alongside many other items available here you will find the town’s famous spicy sausage, the Chorizo de Teror– try it in a bocadillo with cheese and honey – the traditional drink to accompany it – Clipper de fresa, a very sweet strawberry fizzy drink.

Mogán

One of the most popular Markets to visit is in the port of Mogan, every Friday from 08.00 – 14.00.   Be prepared to join the hundreds and hundreds of people visiting with you as Mogan market is offered as an excursion by many operators, and you can get there by local bus, organised coach or boat or the ferry service from Arguineguin and Puerto Rico.

Why is it so popular?  Maybe because the port of Mogan is a very pretty fisherman village, often described as “little Venice” due to the several sea canals and bridges and a maze of tiny streets.  Tiny white houses with colourful gardens and buganvillas are breath-taking and a stroll around the marina, maybe catching the live Jazz music playing on the square and soaking in the atmosphere away from the market in tranquil and relaxing.

The colourful market itself offers a great range of goods – local produce, souvenirs, clothes, handbags, shoes you are sure to find what you are looking for.

San Fernando

Every Wednesday and Saturday from 08:00-14:00, the bustling and animated market is held at the Mercado Municipal in San Fernando.  The location isn’t as pretty as the other big markets in the south (Mogán & Arguineguin) but this market is more accessible from Maspalomas, Meloneras and Playa Del Ingles areas.

With many, many stalls offering everything from handbags, clothing, jewellery and shoes at bargain prices, haggling (whilst not on food produce) is almost expected and the later in the day, the better the results of your negotiation skills.

Arguineguin

Every Tuesday from 08:00-14:00 its the time for Arguineguín ´s weekly craziness with the market held in the Plaza Negra and surrounding streets. A beautiful sea front location, you can step away from the stalls and take a coffee in one of the numerous bars and restaurants and people watch and enjoy the sunshine.

Offering of hundreds of stands selling everything from fresh local produce and handicrafts to food, clothes and jewellery.

During the Winter season, this resort is particularly popular with visitors from Norway, Sweden and Denmark and many extend their day by walking from the market to the Ancora shopping centre where live music is found in many bars.

Las Palmas

There are so many different markets in our capital city, of course some of them will be general food markets, where locals buy their weekly shopping and others have a range of products and local produce, here are our 2 favourites:

The Mercado del Puerto, every day except Sunday from 07:00-15:00 located at the foot of the neighbourhood of La Isleta in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, on the north end of Las Canteras beach was inaugurated in 1891 that was remodelled in 1994 and was built by technicians from the French company Eiffel who two years before completed the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. The market has an excellent mix of tapas bars and fresh produce stalls during the day and is also popular at night as a drink and tapas spot and is the first gastro-market of the Canary Island.

In the oldest district of Las Palmas, Vegueta you can wander around the Mercado de Vegueta (from 6:30am-2:00pm Monday to Thursday and from 6:30am-3:00pm Fridays and Saturdays).   It is a local food and product market, not where you can usually buy other things such as clothes, local crafts, and, here you can see the fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, cheeses, eggs, meat and fish of Gran Canaria and Spain.

Stroll along the bustling promenade and take in the numerous cafes and resturants or dip your toes in the water, Las Canteras is a special place which will win your heart.

Please note that markets may not operate on fiesta days.