Whichever day of the month, there is most probably some market somewhere in the Algarve that you can stroll through and breathe in the atmosphere with all your senses. The most common Algarve market is the daily (exept Sunday) fresh vegetable, fruit and fish markets, most towns and villages in the Algarve have one, and are generally located in the center. The best fish you will find early in the mornings! Mind you, no fish on Monday as the fishermen do not fish on Sunday!
Markets in the Algarve can be classified into three different categories:
The local, weekly market, where mainly the local produce of the area is sold, often cultivated by the old Portuguese little farmers who will be selling their own products on the markets in the Algarve. Here you will find vegetables and fruits of the season, local products like almonds, dried figs, olives, cakes and cookies. It’s a great opportunity to really get a little sniff of Portuguese culture, as all the locals go there not only to buy their veggies, but also to catch up on all the social talk of the area.
It is also here where you will find the best deals. Most weekly markets are on Saturday mornings, though some differ, and it is worth checking locally the exact day and time.
Loulé’s weekly market is known for its vibrant dynamic, Aljezur also has a lively atmosphere. If you want to get the best products, make sure you come early!
New are the organic markets: Lagos has their weekly Vivo Mercado every Wednesday evening, from 18 till 21 hours, with events and music to make it a great and healthy evening out. Lagoa has LagoaBio every last Saturday of the month.
Gypsy markets Algarve
Then there is the monthly gypsy-market, mainly run by the gypsies, though there are also various local sellers. Here you will find a curious mix of products made-in-China (from clothes to plastic to anything you can imagine), agricultural livelihood like trees, seedlings, chicken and ducks and tools related to agriculture; and some local produce with the vegetables, fruits, honey, beans, herbs and spices, cheeses and sausages, etc. Some markets in the Algarve are bigger than others, where there will be particularly much to watch in astonishment. Algoz and Messines are such markets.
Flea Markets Algarve
Finally, there are the fantastic flea markets in the Algarve, where you can delight in all the beautiful old Portuguese items or find a whole new wardrobe for you and your children. Like all flea-markets, half the pleasure is just wandering through them, the other half is finding that specific item you did not need for a great price. One worth checking out is the market of Barão de São João (close to Lagos), also called the Hippie market, because of its different feel and the many home-made food stalls or the self-made arty crafts.
We have listed the main gypsy and flea markets in the Algarve for you here:
1st Monday: Portimão, Barão de São Miguel.
1st Tuesday: Budens.
1st Wednesday: Sta Margarida; Raposeira.
1st Thursday: Fuzeta, Ameixal, Vila do Bispo.
1st Friday: Sagres, Alcantarilha.
1st Saturday: Lagos, Paderne.
1st Sunday: Azinhal, Moncarapacho.
2nd Monday: Algoz.
2nd Tuesday: Alvor.
2nd Thursday: Vaqueiros.
2nd Friday: Monchique.
2nd Saturday: Castro Marim, Rogil.
2nd Sunday: Lagoa, Almancil, Parragil, Estoi.
3rd Monday: Silves, Aljezur.
3rd Thursday: Alte.
3rd Friday: Guia.
3rd Saturday: Tavira.
3rd Sunday: Cacela.
4th Monday: Messines.
4th Saturday: Tunes.
4th Sunday: Sta Catarina, Olhão, Quelfes, Pereiro.
Last Thursday: Boliqueime.
Last Saturday: Azinhal.
1st Tuesday: Albufeira
1st Saturday: Tavira, Algoz, Quarteira
1st Sunday: Portimão, Fuzeta.
2nd Saturday: V.R.de Santo Antonio.
2nd Sunday: Ferragudo, Almancil, Fuzeta.
3rd Tuesday: Albufeira.
3rd Saturday: Albufeira, Silves.
3rd Sunday: Portimão, São Bras de Alportel, Almancil.
4th Saturday: Monte Gordo, Tavira
4th sunday: Barão de são João, Lagoa, Monchique, Olhão.
Last Sunday: Lagos.
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