One of the best places to get to know local food culture is visiting a local market hall. In Spanish they are called Mercado Municipal. When we visit new places, we always try to find the main market hall to see what kind of ingredients are available and also to see the people.
The nearest big city for us is Málaga. It’s only 45 minutes by commuter train and the main market hall, Atarazanas, is located only few hundred meters from the station. Actually we visit Atarazanas almost once a month on nice Saturday mornings to get fresh vegetables, spicy Chorizo sausage, Jamón Ibérico (highest quality cured ham), meat, fish and other seafood for the weekend.
One of the highlights of each visit to have a breakfast at the market hall. There are some bars inside serving fresh seafood, poultry and meat skewers and of course Spanish wine, Cava and Manzanilla (which is a very dry sherry and popular among Andalucian locals with tapas).
Virtual Tour in Atarazanas
A Brief History Lesson
Atarazanas means shipyard and actually a shipyard was in this place in the Moorish era in 1354-1391. The only thing left from the original building is the main entrance. The building was badly damaged and rebuilt in 1870’s. The latest restoration was done in 2008-2010. Atarazanas is a listed building in Spain. For detailed information about the history read Andalucia.com’s article about Atarazanas. For the latest restoration project check out e-architect’s article.