There’s been a central market in Cadiz practically forever. We visit 4 or 5 times a week.
Actually, the picture I chose for this post is kind of misleading. The market normally has lots of people everywhere.
It’s mostly open space, and only the actual vendor areas have a roof. It’s loosely organized around a central fish market, surrounded by vegetable and meat vendors, and surrounded again by restaurants and bars just outside the market. There’s also a convenient supermarket just outside, as well as a few of the ubiquitous “bargain” stores, so you can buy most everything you need in this one area. In the streets around the market, especially on the weekends, there are dozens of flea market vendors.
The flower market is even right near by.
But the real attraction of this market is the seafood and fish. As we’ve seen in other markets in Spain, the variety is amazing. Fresh swordfish, anyone?
Presentation is always important. Here is the fish eating tail paradox. (No, they don’t gradually disappear.)
To get a better idea of the size and variety, take a little stroll through the fish market.
And also through the vegetable market.
Bear in mind that these videos show less than half of the market. There’s lots more, including fringe items like wine, olives, souvenirs, etc.
The fish market closes at 3 in the afternoon, and really more like 2, because it takes some time to shutdown and cleanup. During that time, the vendors pack their unsold fish on ice and hose things down. They do get a little help, though.
It’s party time for the gulls. They’re bold, and make sure not a scrap is left.
On weekends, though most of the vendors are closed, it’s party time for people at the market. In the afternoon all of the vendors of food and drink are very much open, and a large crowd gathers for beer and pizza and freshly cooked seafood. And for those who appreciate it, uncooked seafood.
We even found a place that sells excellent American-style IPA’s.
The IPA from Sevilla is as good as any I’ve ever had.
Never know who you’ll run into at the market.