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The Central Market of Atarazanas: Discover the authentic flavours of Malaga.

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In the Central Market of Atarazanas Malaga's aromas, flavours and local culture are fused together.. In addition to having many stalls selling local products, the fairground also offers several bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the rich gastronomy of Malaga. It is definitely a must-see if you are planning a trip to Malaga.

History of the Central Market of Atarazanas

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The Atarazanas Market was built between 1876 and 1879 by the architect Joaquín Rucoba. This iconic building is much more than just a marketplace; it is a living testament to the city's rich history and cultural evolution over the centuries. Originally built on the remains of a 14th century Arab shipyard, the Atarazanas Market stands as a symbol of the architectural skill of the period and the influence of diverse cultures in the region.

Over the years, the market has witnessed a series of significant transformations. From its initial function as a shipyard, the building has served as a warehouse, arsenal, military hospital and barracks during the time of the Christian Conquest. These changes reflect the building's adaptability to the changing needs of society over the centuries, as well as its strategic importance in the daily lives of Malaga's inhabitants.

The declaration of the Atarazanas Market as an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1979 marks an important milestone in its history, recognising its architectural and historical value for the city. This recognition ensures its preservation for future generations and underlines its importance as an invaluable cultural heritage of Malaga.

The rehabilitation of the market in early 2008 was a turning point in its modern history. The incorporation of the impressive window display at the back of the marketdesigned by the talented Atienza brothersis a visual homage to Malaga's most emblematic monuments. This contemporary work of art not only embellishes the building, but also highlights the connection between the city's past and present, celebrating its rich cultural heritage and vibrant contemporary life. In short, Malaga's Atarazanas Market is much more than just a market; it is a symbol of the city's history, culture and identity, constantly evolving over time.

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Thanks to the intervention of the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Telmo in Malaga, it was possible to save the former monumental gatewhich became the door of the main façade we find today, and which formerly overlooked the sea.

The Central Market of Atarazanasalso known as the "Alfonso XII Market", Today it is still one of the most important markets in Malaga. Here, locals mingle with tourists, sharing tips on the best local produce and recipes.

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Walking through the aisles of the Central Market of Atarazanas, you will find a lively atmosphere and a wide variety of fresh and local products. From colourful fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, to exquisite seafood and aromatic spices.

It is located in Calle Atarazanas, in the heart of the historic centre, and is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 h to 14:00 h. Despite being a rather touristy place, is a market with affordable prices, in fact if you go there you will see many local people shopping.

Eating at the Central Market of Atarazanas in Malaga

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Inside the market, you will find multiple fish stalls where you can enjoy a delicious lunch. You can also opt for the terrace located at the main entrance, a very popular place to enjoy the delicious fresh fish from Malaga..

We invite you to take a look at our post on Typical Malaga dishes. Don't miss the opportunity to try the local delicacies, such as the famous espeto de sardinas, or enjoy a fresh vermouth on one of the terraces that line the market.

In conclusion, the Central Market of Atarazanas is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the gastronomic culture of Malaga, and therefore deserves a prominent place on your itinerary in the city.

Do you also want to get to know the surroundings of Malaga?check out the excursions available below and discover the famous white villages.

Frequently asked questions about the Central Market of Atarazanas de Málaga

Is it possible to visit the market?

Yes, you can definitely visit the Atarazanas Market in Malaga! It is a historic and vibrant place that offers a rich cultural and gastronomic experience. Here are some details about the market:

  • Timetable: The market is open from Monday to Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Please note that on Mondays, the fish section is closed.
  • Location: It is located in the Calle Atarazanas, 10, 29005 Málaga.
  • ExperienceThe market is known for its impressive architecture and for being a meeting point for locals and visitors. You can find a wide variety of fresh produce such as fish, seafood, fruit, vegetables, and there are also bars where you can try the famous fried fish.

How many stalls are there in the Atarazanas market? 

The Atarazanas Market has 265 seats sales.

What is the most famous market in Malaga? 

The most famous market in Malaga is the Central Market of Atarazanasalso known as the Alfonso XII Market.

What is the name of the market in Malaga city? 

The market in Malaga city is officially called Alfonso XII Marketbut is better known as Atarazanas Market.

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