Best Markets in Portugal

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Markets in Portugal

Visiting Portugal is not complete without a trip to its local markets. As do Portuguese cuisine and festivities, Portugal’s open air markets allow you to get the feel and the vibe of the place, while offering you an avenue to soak up the local culture.

Portugal abounds with farmers markets, where local farms sell their produce along with fishermen and craftsmen. This is a tradition that has been carried out in the country since ancient times; and even though these markets have undergone upgrades to meet safety and standard regulations, they still have the power to transport you back in time.

As if the farmers markets are not enough, flea markets can also be found in abundance in the wonder that is Portugal. Flea markets offer anything from books to furniture, articles of clothing, ointment, leather goods, houseplants and just about any knick-knack that can be found under the sun.

Just what makes these markets so enticing? It’s hard to tell exactly – maybe it’s the freshness of the produce and catch, the almost impossible finds, the amazing bargains or the assortment of the available items. Or maybe it is the multi-sensory experience going to the market provides. Discover what makes Portugal markets tick as you explore them with your local host, who will give help make this an even more amazing experience.

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Top Markets in Portugal

  • Don’t visit and leave Porto without making a trip to Mercado do Bolhao, a historic market that offers both durable goods as well as fresh products. Take your pick of the freshest fish, fruits and vegetables while the smell of various cheeses and freshly baked bread waft in the air.
  • If it’s fresh fruit you want, then it’s fresh fruit you get in Praça da Fruta in Caldas da Rainha. You can find this daily fruit market in Republic Square, which locals fondly refer to as Fruit Square.
  • Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon offers the freshest seafood and salt cod the country as to offer. Stay under a classic pavilion and watch as the day’s offerings are caught from the sea. This market also offers various cheeses olives, cured meats, sausages and baked bread.
  • While you’re in Lisbon, head to Mercado de Campo de Ourique and enjoy modern taverns, cocktail stands, gourmet restaurants and occasional live music as you walk through the more traditional flower, fish, fruit and vegetable stalls.
  • When in Porto, a trip to the Bolhão Food Market will surely dazzle and amaze. Shop for your fish, fruit and vegetables as you take photographs while gaping and gawking at the other interesting items sold there, like dried pig heads and equally strange pig parts.
  • Grab great deals from Tomar Market, held every Friday. From chouriços (Portuguese sausage) to clothes, from farturas (fried dough rolled in sugar and cinnamon) to furniture, this gem of a market has got it all.
  • If you are looking for household goods, accessories, clothes and shoes, then your next destination should be the monthly market in Lagos, held right next to the Municipal Stadium on the first Saturday of every month.
  • Start your day by visiting the Loule Municipal Market – open Mondays through Saturdays from 7am to 3pm – and enjoy the fresh food and fish stalls, as well the locally-made (and priced) products, arts and crafts, not to mention all the liquor and wonderful cakes.
  • Make a steal in Feira da Ladra (or Thieves Fair in English) as you discover great goods – books, ceramics, antiques, footwear and what have you. Located in Campo de Santa Clara, the fair is open on Tuesdays from 7am to 2pm and on Saturdays, from 7am 6pm.

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