Local Markets in Tenerife
There’s nothing quite like a ‘mooch’ in the market as an alternative to a day on the beach during your Tenerife holiday. And the good news is that the island has more than its fair share of markets, ranging from local fruit and vegetable vendors to souvenir markets aimed at tourists – and some even selling property!
Costa Adeje market – Thursday & Saturday; 9am-2pm
A locals’ favourite that continues to grow in popularity with tourists too! Well situated in the town centre, and easily found opposite the El Duque commercial centre, this is a market where you will find some great souvenirs and gifts to take home, and the surrounding bars and restaurants are on hand for refreshments and lunch. Was formerly the Torviscas market. Ask at Reception for details and directions.
Los Cristianos market – Sunday; 9am-2pm
The second largest market on the island is always buzzing and is a ‘must-visit’ for holidaymakers looking for bargain clothing, books, cheap electrical goods, souvenirs and costume jewellery. Perfect retail therapy for the ‘morning after’.
Golf del Sur market – Friday; 9am-2pm
In a popular spot, close to the marina, this market has a good variety of stalls and produce, and makes a great half day out for guests staying in the Golf del Sur area.
Los Abrigos night market – Tuesday evening; 5-9pm
Held in the square in front of the church, the market doesn’t boast too many stalls, so you can browse at ease and look for bargains and gifts ranging from artisan silver jewellery to casual holiday clothes and typical island souvenirs. Happy with your purchases, head down to the seafront for a fresh seafood supper at one of the lovely restaurants.
Guaza market – Sunday; 9am-2pm
Great for lovers of second-hand bargains, this is a relatively new ‘car-boot’ style market offering a wide range of ‘nearly-new’ books and clothes, as well as CDs, DVDs and videos. Arrive early for the pick of the best deals.
Happy Days Car Boot market, Costa del Silencio – first Sunday of the month; 9am-2pm
All proceeds from this monthly ‘flea’ market go towards the fundraising efforts for a local dogs’ home. With mainly second hand items on offer, look out for some ‘gems’ on stalls selling old paintings, antique furniture, books, classic clothes, DVDs, CDs and vinyls. Held in the grounds of a local tennis and bowling club, where you can enjoy a welcome drink once you’ve finished your browsing session.
African market, Santa Cruz – daily; 9am -2pm
Near the main bus station, close to the distinctive ‘pink’ clock tower, this market is better known as the Mercado Nuestra Senora de Africa, and is laid out like a north African bazaar, with some 300+ stalls selling all manner of fresh local produce, including fruit and vegetables, herbs, spices and fresh flowers, as well as meat and cheeses. Arrive early for the pick of the produce. On Sundays only, the African Market is also home to El Rastro Flea Market, where you can find some good examples of quality artisan leatherware, hardware and handicrafts at very reasonable prices – a great option for holiday gifts and souvenirs.