New look for the Mercado de Salamanca

It’s always good to see another historic building in Malaga getting a facelift and this time, it’s the turn of the Mercado de Salamanca. This 1920s market in the north of the old quarter has just finished a total refurb and is looking simply stunning.

Since pictures say a thousand words, this is more of a photo-blog piece than a word piece. Let the pictures do the talking then.

detail of facade at Mercado de Salamanca
All the mosaics on the façade have a new look – check out the detail on the fruit basket in the middle

The Mercado de Salamanca was built in the Mudejar style, an architectural look that combines a Moorish feel with Gothic touches. You can best it in the market’s façade with its horseshoe and keyhole arches and geometric patterns in the tiles and bricks.

tower at Mercado de Salamanca
The twin pine cone towers look amazing and really sparkle in the sunlight!

And then there’s the wrought-iron work, also beautifully restored. See it in the inner beams and outside in the details of the struts.

outer arch at Mercado de Salamanca in Malaga
Iron supports for the southern entrance to the market
Detail of the wrought-iron
Detail of a wrought-iron ‘rose’

About the Mercado de Salamanca

This is very much a local’s market, with just a sprinkling of stalls compared to Atarazanas. But they all sell delicious produce (the fish are so fresh they almost jump off the stall) and you can pick up some yummy ingredients for your Malaga picnic.

Read about other markets in Malaga

You won’t see too many tourists here, either – it’s a bit off the beaten track for most. But you will find a true Malaga vibe. Soak it up as you enjoy a bite to eat in the cafés and bars along the north side.

Mudejar arched windows at Mercado de Salamanca in Malaga
We love the terracotta and brilliant blue tiles on the keyhole arches at every corner window.

While you’re there

Pop over the road to the Jorge Rando Museum, home to some extraordinary neo-expressionism art. The museum has several permanent exhibitions showcasing Rando’s art plus the occasional temporary one. They also have a year-round programme of events, usually musical.

Need to know

📌 Salamanca Market is on Calle San Bartolomé and opens Monday to Saturday 8am to 3pm.

📌 Jorge Rando Museum is on Calle Cruz del Molinillo and opens Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm and 4 to 8pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Free entry.

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