Local Markets in the Algarve

The Algarve is renowned for its great food and fine wines. The best place to go to if you want to learn more about the people and culture is the market. There are plenty of food festivals, flea markets, gipsy markets and weekly markets in the Algarve. Locals can choose from a wide range of fresh food, fish, coffee, beer, and traditional beverages. If you want to experience the real taste of the Algarvian food, going to the local market is a must.

Quarteira and Armação de Pêra was one of the best markets in the Algarve. In 2007, a public capital company decided to boost local trade and make this place more attractive for customers. The market was modernized, and the opening hours have been extended. Here you can find fresh fish, food and vegetables, as well as flowers and local products.

Loulé and Quarteira are the biggest and best known markets in the region. The first one is a huge gipsy market opened every Saturday. People from all over the Algarve are coming here to buy fresh products and local specialties. Quarteira offers the best fish, fruits, and vegetables in the region. Many local tour companies organize trips to this place. There are several restaurants and bars in the area. Besides food, customers can buy furniture, garden items, antiques, and electrical appliances.

Helisiq stall has been offering snails of all sizes for over two decades. Here you will also find local cheeses, meats, and smoked sausage-type products. For fresh fish and seafood, go to the old market in Lagos. The venue has been completely rebuilt and offers panoramic views from the roof top. Animal lovers can attend the charity sale organized by the Lagos Animal Protection Society every second Saturday of each month.

If you are interested in buying souvenirs and handcrafts made of wicker, wood and ceramics, head over to the gipsy market in Monchique. The best buys are cut price pottery, cotton goods, and traditional home decorations. Those who live in Sagres can go to the municipal market for fresh vegetables, household items, shoes, textiles, and clothing. On the first Friday of every month, locals bring out all sorts of crafts and food specialties.

The market hall in Portimao attracts customers from all over the Algarve. Here you will find local farmers selling homemade sweets, cheeses, meats, honey, freshly baked bread, and wines. There are also several non-food outlets offering flowers, clothing, and footwear. Get there early in the morning to find the best fish!

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