Whenever I go on holiday, I always like to immerse myself in local life. Last time I went to Lanzarote, one of the most memorable things I did was visit as many markets as possible, since these are great places to mingle with the locals, pick up some souvenirs and find some tasty treats to feast on.
Fortunately, there are a lot of markets worth perusing in Lanzarote and many of these fall on different days of the week, so it’s not hard to explore several during your trip. Some of the best ones – which I’ll talk more about below – can be found in holiday hotspots like Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca, which are both good places to base yourself for the duration of your break.
Costa Teguise Market
Taking place on Fridays from 17:00 to 22:00 local time, Costa Teguise Market is held at the Pueblo Marinero shopping centre. Coming here and browsing around the stalls is a nice way to spend the evening if you’re hoping to pick up some souvenirs to take home, and you’ll find that it’s easy to treat yourself to tapas and a drink without having to go elsewhere.
It’s also well worth arriving in Costa Teguise early to explore a little, since it’s got a great reputation for its beautiful beaches and sophisticated cafes, which often give you fantastic views over the sea.
As their names are very similar, Costa Teguise Market and Teguise Market could easily be confused. However, the latter is in the old town of Teguise, which is around 12 km away from Costa Teguise, and the differences don’t end there.
Held every Sunday from 09:00 until 14:00, Teguise Market is a real event. In fact, it’s the biggest – and quite possibly oldest – market on the island, and it’s something that has locals and tourists alike shopping in their droves. I think if you’re planning on staying in Teguise, or simply visiting on another day, exploring the market gives you a chance to see a wholly different side to the place. You see, Teguise is usually quite a sleepy town, but Sunday mornings see it spring to life with seemingly endless stalls selling virtually everything imaginable!
If you do come here, it’s worth remembering that haggling is expected, so don’t be afraid to push for a better price! I also recommend keeping an eye out for any performances, as local folk groups will often put on a show in the square.
Marina Rubicon Market
Marina Rubicon Market is (unsurprisingly!) held at Marina Rubicon, which is in the immensely popular resort of Playa Blanca. The marina is utterly charming, so it’s a really gorgeous setting for browsing around stalls selling crafts, jewellery and books. Plus, unlike the markets above, it’s held on two days a week rather than one, setting up every Wednesday and Saturday from 09:00 to 14:00.
Being one of the island’s best loved resorts, Playa Blanca has a lot else to offer, so try to make a little time to lounge on one of its stunning beaches – like Playa Dorada – and take a relaxing stroll along its pretty promenade.