Shopping in Costa del Sol (What to Buy? Best Places to Shop + Advice)

As for shopping in Costa del Sol, travellers may find variety of the world’s leading firms, jewelers, antique dealers, large superstores and small shops and buy local handicrafts and all types of souvenirs in Costa del Sol.

What to Buy in Costa del Sol?

A popular custom, the local flea market or “mercadillo” is a great and fun way to buy items at affordable prices.

Crafted goods, ceramics, jewellery, classical guitars, designer clothes, fine wines and furniture are popular item to buy in Costa del Sol.

Popular Flea Markets in Costa del Sol

Antiques in Puerto Banús (Saturdays), handicrafts in Estepona (Sundays) and the largest ones where a wide variety of articles can be found include Arroyo de la Miel (Fridays), Estepona (Wednesdays), Fuengirola (Tuesdays and Saturdays), Málaga (Sundays and Wednesdays), Marbella (Mondays), Mijas (Saturdays), Nerja (Tuesdays) and Torremolinos (Thursdays).

Ceramics and pottery maintain the Moorish traditions of these Andalusian crafts. Travellers may find the popular ceramics and pottery in the towns of Coin and Mijas as well as along the route of the “Pueblos Blancos”.

In addition, the skillful crafting of leather has gained a great fame in the town of Ubrique as well as the northern part of the province of Malaga is noted for esparto grass products.

In Velez Malaga, travellers may find good examples of the delicate handiwork on religious vestments in silk as well as embroidery and metal objects.

Mijas is famous for its embroidery and numerous other handicrafts and in Ronda travellers may find handsome wrought iron work. The blankets from Grazalema continue to preserve the texture and designs from centuries ago which have adorned saddles and riders in the mountains of Malaga.

Puerto Banus and Fuengirola have weekend flea markets that worth a visit. Also the famous El Corte Ingles stores can be found in Malaga and Puerto Banus.

Costa del Sol Markets

Daily covered markets can be found in the most towns of Costa del Sol. The markets usually open from Monday to Saturday from about 8am-2pm and selling fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, sometimes bread, herbs and spices.

Costa del Sol Covered Markets

  • Estepona – Calle Castillo
  • Fuengirola – Opposite the railway station
  • Los Boliches – Corner Avd. Los Boliches/Calle Pescado
  • Mijas – Next to the Post Office, just off Plaza de la Constitucion
  • Marbella – Calle Benevente

Open Air Weekly Markets

In addition, open-air weekly markets open from 9am – 2pm, selling fruit and vegetables, clothes, tourist and household goods. ‘Rastro’ or ‘Barato’ means local flea market.

Monday – Marbella, Flea Market. On the Circumvalacion de Marbella (i.e. Marbella ring road) inland from the Clinica Europa

Tuesday – Fuengirola on the fairground

Wednesday – Estepona, Flea Market. Avenida Juan Carlos 1 and at La Cala Mijas

Thursday – San Pedro, Flea Market. On the ring road of San Pedro, i.e. on the Circumvalacion

Friday – Arroyo de la Miel and La Cala Mijas

Saturday – Flea Market, Fuengirola on the fairground. And flea Market and Arts and Crafts, Nueva Andalucia at the Puerto Banus underpass, near the Bullring

Sunday – Fuengirola Port. Clothes, souvenirs etc from July-August inclusive open 8am-12. Otherwise 12 noon-2.30pm. Fruit and vegetables.

Malaga, Flea Market near Rosaleda Stadium

Estepona Port, Flea Market

Sotogrande in the Puerto Deportivo of Sotogrande (Marina) 10am-3pm Flea Market.