The Mercado Central de Atarazanas, or Atarazanas Central Market, is the main market in Malaga and a must-visit for any food lover. Located in the city center, this vibrant market is housed in a beautiful 19th-century building that was once a shipyard during the Moorish era. The name "Atarazanas" itself means "shipyard" in Arabic.
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The backside of the Atarazanas market in Malaga. The name "Atarazanas" itself means "shipyard" in Arabic.
The backside of the Atarazanas market in Malaga. The name "Atarazanas" itself means "shipyard" in Arabic.

The Malaga Market

The market's stunning design features a Moorish-style arch that is the only remaining part of the original 14th-century structure, and a 19th-century industrial design, complemented by a beautiful stained-glass window depicting historical scenes of Malaga.

Inside the market, you'll find a vast selection of stalls selling fresh produce including local fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, olives, and bread. It's particularly known for its fresh seafood, reflecting Malaga's coastal location. There are also stalls selling local specialties and gourmet products.

Visiting Atarazanas Market gives you a chance to immerse yourself in local life, experience the hustle and bustle, and taste the fresh flavors of Malaga. It's not just a place to shop but also a place to eat. Many stalls will cook the food for you on the spot, making it a great place for a casual lunch.

The market is usually open from Monday to Saturday, in the morning until early afternoon. It's advisable to go earlier in the day for the best selection, as many stalls start closing after lunch. The market is closed on Sundays.

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