Mercado de Atarazanas

Market in Málaga

The Mercado Central de Atarazanas is a municipal market in the Spanish city of Malaga. It is housed in a striking 19th-century wrought iron and glass building which used to be a naval workshop for Málaga’s old port.  Although it’s an important shopping centers in the city where the people of Malaga come to buy fresh produce, it is also one of Málaga’s most popular visitor sites because of its character and color. Visitors come for the tapas and fresh pescaíto  which are small fried fish, which are sold in the bars in the market. It is divided into three main areas, seafood, meat and produce.

The buildings main attraction are the beautiful stained-glass windows of neo-Arabic origin which makes the market feel like an art museum. The main entrance to the market hall is the original arch from that time, though much renovated.

The History of the Mercado de Atarazanas

The name Atarazanas comes from the Moorish name for a shipyard.  During the Almohad dynasty, at the end of the 12th century, the site of the market was the in the middle of a shipbuilder’s dry dock. By the time of the reconquest in 1485 it was a considerable fortification.  Since Moorish times the building has been used as a convent, barracks, hospital, garrison and medical school but by the early 19th century it was largely in ruins.  In 1840,the original building was largely demolished.

The Mercado Atarazanas was declared of to be of Cultural Interest in 1979.

The Mercado de Atarazanas appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Málaga!

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Visiting Mercado de Atarazanas


Monday to Saturday from 8 am. to 3 pm.



Address: Mercado Central de Atarazanas Calle Atarazanas, 10 29005 Málaga Spain
Duration: 20 minutes

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