What’s a holiday without a bit of souvenir hunting or a spot of serious shopping? Well, heaven for some and hell for others, but at least Lanzarote’s open air markets offer some atmosphere and entertainment.
Sadly, there aren’t many of the traditional food markets that you find in mainland Spain, although fresh fruit and veg can be found at the Saturday market in Haria, at La Recova in Arrecife and the Sunday market in Mancha Blanca.
However, Lanzarote does host a massive market every Sunday in the old capital of Teguise, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the island. In addition, smaller scale markets are held across Lanzarote throughout the week.
Teguise Market - Sunday
The mother of all markets, this huge affair is as much a weekly social and cultural event as a shopping excursion.
The normally sleepy town of Teguise is transformed, as hundreds of stalls selling all manner of goods vie for custom amidst the thousand-strong throngs of locals and tourists.
You really can buy pretty much anything here - ranging from genuine, locally produced handcrafts such as pottery and timples (a small Canarian guitar) through to Chinese mass-manufactured tat and the obligatory African woodcarvings.
Just like Monty Python’s Life Of Brian, haggling is obligatory and local folklore groups performing in Teguise’s Main Square add further volume to the spectacle. Busy, bustling and good fun but best reached either by private car or on an organized excursion..
Haria Market - Saturday
In total contrast to Teguise, Haria stages a laid back, small-scale market every Saturday morning, with twenty to thirty stalls set up in the shade of the town's beautiful tree-lined main square.
Haria has traditionally attracted individuals in search of a more alternative lifestyle and the goods on sale here often reflect that.
The accent is on hand produced art and craft items as well as limited amounts of locally grown fruit and veg, as well as fresh produce such as goat's cheese.
There are a number of good bars and restaurants in the square where you can just sit and drink in the atmosphere.
Whilst serious shoppers will find Haria less engaging than Teguise Market, those who want nothing more than a relaxed browse in a more atmospheric environment should head here.
Arrecife Market - Saturday
Arrecife Market is staged in the old quarter of the capital city - in and around El Charco and the Church de San Gines - and is an entertaining place to spend the morning. With stalls selling arts and crafts as well as food and drink and much more besides.
There's usually plenty of entertainment on offer too in the form of local folkore groups. Parking can be tricky in the capital so head for the rough ground by El Charco where you can leave your car for a couple of euros.
Other Island Markets
Marina Rubicon - Playa Blanca
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 09.00 to 14.00 in the atmospheric surroundings of the Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca. Around 30 stalls mostly selling clothing and general souvenirs.
Artisan Market - Mancha Blanca
Every Sunday from 09.00 to 14.00, with the accent on local arts and crafts and organically grown produce.
Traditional Market - Uga
Small twice weekly market from 09.00 to 14.00 every Saturday and Sunday in the pretty little village of Uga, close to Yaiza and the volcanic region.