Every Thursday – early to about 1.30pm – there’s a market in Órgiva (unless there’s a fiesta that week) – in the north part of town, just up from the main square in the municipal car park. To the visitor, it’s an interesting way to spend an hour browsing among the stalls.
If you can, it’s best to walk into town as parking is more tricky, although there are – in 2021 – two fields to park, the largest near the medical centre a few streets away.
There’s a wide variety of things including vegetables, fruit, spices, plants, jewellery, clothes, shoes, toys, plants, sunglasses, herbal remedies and knickers, millions of them.
If you’re used to ‘artisan’ markets selling cured meats, organic meat and bottled carrot, blueberry and nettle juice, forget it. This ain’t Brixton or Blackheath.
What struck us was the amazing variety, size and quality of fresh produce. We bought a huge bag of super-lovely tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions, aubergines, herbs, peaches, green beans and lemons for about 5€. It kept us going until the next week’s market (in London, ONE aubergine costs £1 – around 1.10€).
The one thing we keep struggling to find is fresh ginger (jengibre). We can’t pronounce it either, so, just as well. [Update: Alpujarra supermarket sells it.]
Lunch at Baraka – a stone’s throw from the market – is a great way to relax with a mint tea and falafel wrap. Baraka is a local favourite – and anyone who knows Órgiva will probably tell you that.
Other ‘local’ markets include: Lanjarón (Friday); Cañar (Wednesday); Pampaneira (Monday); Bubion (Tuesday) and Saturdays; Capileira (Tuesday); Trevélez (Wednesday).
© con jamón spain