It’s 1868. Street vendors sell their food outdoors, in unhygienic conditions, causing both noise and air pollution. The government decides to take action and turns to the old military hospital, an building that is in ruins. The remaining walls are demolished, and an all-new building is constructed at the exact same location. Atarazanas market is born.
When entering the market, your senses might be a bit overwhelmed because of the abundance of colours, smells and noises. Get yourself a freshly-squeezed juice at the fruit stall and wander around, filling your belly with typical Málaga almonds and olives, and staring your eyes out at the fishmongers’ and butchers’ knife skills.
Don’t forget to take in the architecture as well. The neo-Arabic style reflects the site’s original function as an Arab shipyard in the 14th century, conveniently located near the river. Today there are only two remnants from its original naval function: the huge marble entrance door and… its name (‘atarazana’ is Spanish for dockyard).
For visitors who have been to Paris, the market might feel a bit familiar, since its architecture with the iron bars is inspired by the famous Parisian market Les Halles.
Don’t forget to walk to the back of the building as well. The 108 colourful glass windows were installed in 1973 and represent famous Málaga buildings. Looking for a breathtaking (Instagram) picture? Go in the early morning to capture the the sun light breaking through the stained glass.
Different entrances, for example at Calle Atarazanas, 10, 29005 Málaga
Mon – Sat: 08:00 – 14:00