The Bolhao Market, which is found near Avenida dos Aliados, in the heart of Porto, in a landmark building opened in 1914. We were surprised at the condition it is in, a shame since the site must have seen better times. With grumbling stomachs and a blazing sun in the middle of October, we went for a snack and we ate. I must say it's been one of our best meals in Porto. The place, surprised us overall, but especially for its appearance, one of a tavern in deep Spain in the 50s. We ate great, and had excellent service: cod, pork steak with egg and rice, a jug of green wine, two puddings, two coffees, all for 13.60 E, awesome!!
You have to visit the Lavradores Market in Madeira's capital, Funchal. Whether it's the festival of colors with its spectacular flowers or for the opportunity to try an incredible variety of tropical fruits with exotic flavors, or to walk along the benches is an experience. Smells, colors and flavors ... It's all there. Do not hesitate to try dried fruit such as mango, papaya and coconut on the 1st floor. For amateurs to photography, this market has a WORLD of possibilities!
Loulé Municipal Market, which opened after a restoration in 2007, is one of the most interesting buildings in Loulé. The building, in Moorish style was built in 1908, and was awarded with the prize "Prémio Turismo de Portugal" in 2007. It's near the historic city center and is open Monday to Saturday from 6:00am to 3:00pm
In Lagos there are two municipal markets, on the Avenue and San Amaro. The Avenue Market is located on the waterfront (Avenue Of the Discoveries), a few steps from the Plaza Gil Eannes, making it one of the busiest. It was opened in 1924. It is a food market, consisting of two stories: On the ground floor are the meat and fish stalls, and on top of fruit and vegetables. There is an area of stairs that leads from one floor to another, and in that spot, you will notice a colorful mosaic mural by artist Xana. It also has a terrace on the roof of the building, which has a dual functionality:- one side of the roof offers an excellent vantage point to get a great view of the seafront and the port, and the other side is a very convenient access (via the market´s lift) to the upper area of the city, avoiding the steep streets. So you know the "trick" to easily reach the Church of San Sebastian (must for visitors). It is open Monday to Saturday from 7-14 hours.
Guimarães Municipal Market is within walking distance of the Martins Sarmento Archeological Museum, between the streets Av Liberdade and João I. It is a food market, where you can buy all types of products (meat, fish, fruits, veggies ...), but there are some other shops. It is a big structure, which takes up a whole block, next to which there is public parking. It has 2 levels, and draws attention at the corner to a clock tower.
On the seafront in Olhao, at the height of Joaquim Lopes Patrão Praça, these neo Arab markets are located. They were built in the early twentieth century in 1915, and are rectangular, with four cylindrical towers crowned with metal domes. They are divided into two buildings dedicated to fruit and other fish. The fish is supplied by fishing boats that dock there. On Sundays, there is a popular market that is located around the municipal market.
The city market is located next to the bridge, there is a huge warehouse walk among fruit stalls, fresh vegetables and a variety of which can be bought at a very good price. There is also a variety of fish including the tuna is the economic mainstay of the area. It is surrounded by restaurants and simple fish tavernas where there are are excellent menus. Here we can enjoy the rides to Gilao Navigating on the river.
The Mercado Municipal de Vila Real is located in the upper area of the city, occupying an entire block between Santa Sophia and Gonçalo Cristovao streets. The market is located inside of a covered building, with a granite facade, and is dedicated to food: the market boasts areas for Butchers, greengrocers, fishmongers, etc..
On the perimeter of the building, under the arcades, there are usually small stalls, which sell mainly fruit, vegetables and flowers. The market is only open in the morning, from Monday to Saturday.
Sunday morning ... day trip to Sintra ... we were on our way to the upper area, where there are several palaces and parks as well as the city centre, but before arriving, what did I see? A market! We parked the car and went to check it out. The colours of the vegetables, the smell of the delicious local bread with chorizo, the smiling faces on the vendors ... what a great atmosphere! It's sure to put you in a good mood. Here you can buy plants and flowers, birds, carpets ... a real show! It's not the best thing to see in Sintra, but definitely worth a look, and enjoying a hot sausage straight from the oven is wonderful!
Located at Praça Centennial on Avenida 1 º de Mayo, this beautiful market is a modern building with stalls selling all kinds of fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish, cheeses and meats, wines and more. There is a small cafe with great prices and quick dishes of the day. They also have an area dedicated to children's games.
When you cross the river and get to Vila Nova da Gaia, everyone visits the wineries, as they are the biggest tourist attraction, and on the same side as the top wineries is the Municipal Market. Its an old style market, like those that no longer exist, with stone counters where merchandise is displayed, with plants in counters, and hens in cages that can be purchased alive or dead.
It is a large, very vivid and colorful outdoor market in the beautiful seaside town of Vila de Conde, northern Portugal .. If you are lucky to go to Vila do Conde on a Friday, you will find it in all its glory, when they the stalls come. Here you will find all kind of typical of Portuguese products, high quality fruit and vegetables, in Spanish markets these are increasingly harder for us to find, in addition to clothing, perfumes, shoes, flowers ... It's a traditional market where you can still find interesting things, such as live chickens, which haven't been seen in Spanish markets for years. Yes, you have to be daring and pluck them yourself.
Ferragudo market is held the 2nd Sunday of each month. This is a fun market that over the years has come to specialise in antiques. However, it maintains the traditional floor stalls with rags and old dolls, clothing, spare parts, tools, toys, vinyl, VHS films, etc. The market opens from 9h to 13h and is full of German, Dutch and British tourists looking for bargains or simply browsing. The market starts at the central square next to a small pier overlooking the river and a little beyond the sea where ships and fishing boats anchor. An idyllic setting for unique buys.
Just behind the Largo de Camões, next to the bus station you'll find this craft market, consisting of Craftsmen Merchants Association Historic Center. It's a single storey building which contains shops where you can find all kinds of objects made by hand: Ceramics, small wooden things, brass figurines, jewelry and silver objects, small wine barrels. It's a great place to buy a souvenir.
After leaving the tourist office we went to the Municipal Market, which is across from the Marques de Pombal. The building is quite large with 2 floors. You can buy meat, fish and fruit in the stores on the ground floor, and clothing, footwear and vegetables on the 1st floor. It was closed when we went, but the truth is that we thought it looked a bit decadent. Then we learned that the previous month there had been a huge fire that had destroyed most of the building. The market building was inaugurated on July 2, 1982 and is in the heart of the city, near the Town Hall and major city streets.
The Market 2 Maio is situated in a kind of square that opens onto the shopping and pedestrianized Rua Formosa. This was the place where the old municipal market was located, a space that was remodeled by architect Alvaro Siza Vieira for the construction of this new building. In this market you can find all kinds of food products and greengrocers, butchers, fishmongers, bakeries to name but a few stalls.