Market of Malaga. Atarazanas
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 8 am to 2 pm.
The Market of Malaga – Atarazanas- is the largest indoor market in Málaga and is situated in the old city centre.
The name Atarazanas comes from the Arabic word for shipyard. During the time of the Moorish domination, a building stood here that was used as a shipyard for repairs and for the maintenance of vessels. The building was later used as a military depot and as a hospital.
In 1868, the building was demolished and replaced by the current indoor market eight years later. The city market was designed by architect Joaquin Rucoba and the inhabitants of Malaga have been using it ever since.
The Mercado is built in Neo-Mudéjar style. It has a very modern cast iron structure but the architect also used Moorish elements such as graceful arches and refined ornaments to achieve a clever balance between the functional aspect of the metal and the decorative elements of yesteryear.
Only one Arabic gate has been preserved and now serves as the main entrance at the front of the market. This gate was once part of the old city wall.
The rear facade, a replica of the original, is embellished with beautiful stained glass. Historical scenes can be viewed within this stained glass.
The market consists of three halls where meat, fish, fruit and vegetables are sold. Products such as bread, fresh herbs, cheeses, nuts and dried fruit are also available. Especially the fish department is worth a visit. The fresh fish is supplied straight from the sea and prepared by the vendors.
It’s also nice to see how the fruit is artfully piled up and displayed: a veritable feast for the eyes.