Órgiva has its own rastro but there are many others dotted around the province. If you head to Almuñecar on the Costa Tropical on a Sunday, you’ll be greeted with a football pitch-sized market heaving with people seemingly not buying anything. But they do, otherwise these markets – there’s another one further down the coast at Nerja – wouldn’t exist.
We’ve bought a few things recently in Almuñecar: an old map, iron brackets and a 70s hippy top (which will probably never be worn). Toys, clothes and old tools feature heavily, as does battered electronic kit – radios, speakers, TVs and the like – and there’s loads of hideous modern furniture made to look old. If you want an olive oil urn, a tiled mosaic table or an ancient, decorative farmhouse implement, this is the place to come. And if your casa is a little short on statues of the Virgin Mary, you can build a display to match the Terracotta Army.
On our previous visit, a woman with a volume of voice to rival Brian Blessed’s, was selling ‘perfume’ next to a man selling mangoes from a wheelbarrow. Eclectic is the word and it’s great fun browsing through everything.
We’ve been told that, like all markets, if you get there early enough there are some decent bargains – and items – to be had. Unfortunately/fortunately for us, Sunday morning is pancake and Lyle’s Golden Syrup time (yes, you can get it locally) so we always get there late. Some photos below.
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