Tenerife Markets

The island is home to a wealth of covered, outdoor and street markets. Many specialise in a particular type of goods while others selling the same product move from site to site. Most open early in the morning and close early afternoon and from the list below you will find one close to where you are staying.

Los Cristianos – (Sea-front next to Arona Gran Hotel) – The biggest street market in the south of Tenerife starts 9am – 2.00pm.  Sundays and Tuesdays.  Stalls filled with leather goods, jewellery, ceramics, clothes, paintings, toys the list is as endless as the rows of traders.

Costa Adeje – (Car park opposite CC El Duque, Avenida Bruselas) – Thursday and Saturday mornings 200 marquees of clothes, cosmetics, accessories from Armani to Zanetti you´ll find labels galore, some real and some too good to be true 9am – 2pm.

Mare Nostrum Hotel – Saturday 6.30 – 10.30

Rural Market on 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month – takes place at The Commercial Centre El Mirador where you can purchase, wines, pastries, honeys, jams and crafts including pottery, jewellery and clothing brought down from the villages.  The Del Duque setting recreates the traditional architecture and of an environment of the island, sometimes there is live music as an added attraction.  Open between 10am and 5.30pm

Las Chafiras – (behind Lidl and Sucan) the newest market on the island each Saturday and Sunday 7.00 – 2.00pm. As well as new goods you will find haberdashery, car parts and second-hand goods.

Los Abrigos – (Square by the harbour), A night market from 6pm – 9pm every Tuesday. Clothes, leather goods, bric-a-brac, CDs, jewellery and lots more.

El Médano – (Plaza de Principe) – Saturday mornings from 9.00am until 2.00pm you will find Neo-hippies and cool dudes selling handmade jewellery, clothing, African artefacts and all things Bohemian.

Alcala – The regular Monday morning market from 9.00 – 14.00,  has clothing, crafts, costume jewellery, hardware, leather goods, toys and gardening supplies. It’s a lovely little market with lots of local produce and it takes place right in the heart of the village in Plaza del Pueblo.

Playa de San Juan – you will find fruits, vegetables, pastries and quality craftsmanship. Wednesdays 9.00-14.00.

San Isidro – Friday evenings 18.00 – 21.00 in the Plaza de la Iglesia.

Golf del Sur – Every Friday from 9.00 – 14.00 in the square of Avenida del Atlantic.

Marine Park in Santa Cruz – from 11-6 every Thursday a Bohemian Market provides a venue for designers to showcase their products. The market offers clothing, basketry, jewellery, gems, accessories, painting or illustrations. Many of these items are inspired by vintage designs and are made from recycled materials.

Mercado Nuestra Senora de Africa – (African Market) Santa Cruz is a bazaar of over 300 stalls selling fresh local produce. It is a short walk from the bus station close to the pink clock tower, get there as early as possible for the best buys. Daily from 6am – 2pm

Santa Cruz Rastro – (by the African Market) – From African drums to Zinnia plants browse the hundreds of stalls in air perfumed with patchouli oil and hot dogs. Not so much a market as a retail experience. Sunday 9am – 1.30pm

Candelaria – (Opposite tourist info. office) Av. De Constitucion, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 8am – 9pm.

Cultural Centre Guía de Isora – quality products at great prices Saturday 8.00 – 13.00

Puerto Santiago – in the Plaza on Thursday mornings, just a few local stalls.

Puerto de la Cruz – opposite the bus station, Monday to Saturday, 9am until 7pm second hand clothes, records and some new souvenir type goods. On Sunday’s there is a craft fair in  Avd B Perez Gonzalez from 10.00-15.00


While I am not generally a lover of markets, like many, I am passionately fond of a good farmer’s market. You can only buy produce that is in season, it comes straight from the trees or the fields sometimes with the soil attached. At the markets you will find incredible fresh egg plant, parsley, broccoli, black and new potatoes, marrows, green beans, tomatoes, goat’s cheese, eggs, local red wine and honey. Prices are generally lower because the stallholders have no overheads, except the rent they pay for their trestle table. They do not have to pay for staff because it is, in the most part, the farmer’s family serving the public.  At weekends, you will find one in almost every largish town.  These are fun events where tourists mix with the locals to buy the freshest of agricultural produce.

Los Cristianos on top of CC Passarela (near Mirador Strip) for exceptional fruit and veg. Brand new market at the moment it is open every day from 10am – 10pm.

Adeje (Beside Makro on Calle Archara, Barranco de la Torres, Adeje) Saturday and Sunday from 8am – 2pm and Wednesday 4.00pm – 8.00pmShop like the locals. Stock up on fruit, veg, cheeses and wines and whatever else the local farmers bring to market that day.

Arico  Calle Benitez de Lijo,  Sunday 8am – 1pm

Candelaria (Opposite the tourist info. office) Av. De Constitucion Wednesday 5pm – 9pm

El Medano and Granadilla – Thursday at the Square of Granadilla, and Tuesdays in the Plaza of El Medano from 8:00 to 14:00.

El Rosario Plaza del Ayuntamiento Saturday & Sunday 8am – 4pm

El Sauzal Calle Constitución, Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 1pm & 5pm – 7.30pm; Friday 8.30am – 1.30pm & 4.30pm – 7.30pm; Saturday & Sunday 8am – 2pm

Güímar Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Saturday 8am – 1pm

Guia de Isora (Main Square) – Take your pick of fresh fruit and vegetables galore, homemade cakes and handmade crafts and trinkets Saturday  9am – 1pm.

Las Chafiras (next to Bomberos) – Saturday, Sunday 8am – 2pm and Wednesday afternoons from 1.30pm.  Excellent selection of fresh produce and home-made crafts there is also a coffee shop and children’s play area close to the site.

La Guancha between Puerto de la Cruz & Icod Saturday & Sunday 8am – 3pm

La Laguna Plaza San Francisco, Saturday 7am – 3pm daily & 5pm – 8pm on Thursday. This is one of Tenerife’s big markets.

La Matanza TF217 Saturday & Sunday from 8am – 3pm  Another big, buzzing market that has handicrafts and books as well as fresh food.

La Orotava Calle Educadora Lucía Mesa Saturday from 8am – 1pm approx 30 stalls.

Puerto de la Cruz (Avenida Blas Perez Gonzalez First floor of the Mercado Municipal, part of the shopping centre) Daily except Sundays 9am – 2pm.  There’s usually plenty of parking in the underground, except Saturdays when they also have a Flea Market. A mix of new and second-hand goods, books, clothes and ornaments.

Santa Cruz – Nuestra Señora de Africa Avenida San Sebastián 300 stalls ensure you will find lots more than fruit and veg. Daily from 6am – 3pm.

San Isidro (just off motorway junction) Saturday & Sunday from 8am – 2pm get here early to find a parking spot as this is very popular.

San Miguel de Abona Poligono Industrial Las Chafiras Wednesday 4pm – 8pm Saturday & Sunday 8am to 2pm.

Santiago del Teide Town centre Saturday & Sunday 8am – 3pm.

Tegueste Behind the petrol station on the road leading from Tegueste to La Laguna. Saturday & Sunday 8.30am – 2pm. A mix of handicrafts, food and wine stalls.

Tacoronte one of the most bustling farmers’ markets in Tenerife. Over 125 stalls sell local produce of a much higher quality than found in the large supermarkets. Open 8am – 2:30pm Saturday and Sunday.

Valle San Lorenzo – New market has room for 82 stalls including farmers, ranchers, beekeepers, artisans and bakers.

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The beaches of Arona

For those who love beaches, those in Arona are idyllic and you must discover them all.

Charco del Baño

The small, pebble and dark volcanic sand beach is separated from Las Galletas beach by a small marina. At this quiet pleasant spot, residents and visitors can enjoy crystal-clear waters and a clean coastal landscape. A short promenade runs along the waters edge where restaurants offer exquisite local seafood. In July, the “Fiestas del Carmen” turn this peaceful place into a cheerful, colourful village. Small boats decorated with brightly coloured ribbons set sail with its “patrona” (our Lady of El Carmen) on board, along with fireworks displays.


Las Galletas beach

Black volcanic sands and natural pebbles, are shielded by a small bay with crystalline waters. It’s a pleasant, peaceful place to be in. Las Galletas is a small fishing village so you can often enjoy a view of sailing boats on the open sea.


Costa del Silencio

This lives up to its name, one of the most quiet, peaceful areas in Arona. Costa del Silencio beach has very little sand and few rest areas but this coastline offers to its visitors peace to relax by the mild, transparent waters of the Atlantic ocean.

Las Vistas Beach

This beach extends along the promenade from Playa de Los Cristianos to Playa de Las Américas. Las Vistas is one of the most well-known beaches on Tenerife because of its golden fine sand, water quality, it is also one of the largest and has the best facilities anywhere on the island. It is extremely popular not only for residents but visitors and suitable for all kind of users. A place where young and old will spend an unforgettable day.

Los Cristianos Beach

A beach with history located right in the centre of town. This golden sand and crystal-clear waters beach, where vessels can be spotted in the distance, is in a peaceful natural cove, shielded from the winds by the fishing port. It still preserves a quiet fishing village’s essence, just like the atmosphere the first tourists discovered when they visited back in the 60’s. From here fishing and leisure boats set sail daily and from Los Cristianos ferry terminal, boats depart to the islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. Beach volley or football championships are held in the summertime and the local sailing schools offer courses all year long.

Playa del Camisón

Located in Las Américas, a stunning beach with golden sand that attracts sun lovers who seek places where they can relax or have fun while playing water sports of any kind.

Whichever you choose, the beaches of Arona are an idyllic place to spend your holiday

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Happenings until the end of October 2016

The following are just a few events that have been published since my last Things to Do blog, which you may find interesting.

20th to 22nd October IV Arona Historical Heritage Days Programme


21st and 22nd October. XX Association Centre for Rural Development of Southern Region, in Vilaflor de Chasna and also in different municipalities in the south of the island.


21st and 22nd October. XIV Subida Arona – La Escalona The race will be an international one this year, and aims to set Arona as the national capital of mountain rallying


22nd October. Fishing Contest 2016 in Las Maretas.


22nd October. XVII Arte Joven en la Calle in La Orotava with the participation of over 500 young artists.


24th October. International Day of Libraries in Adeje public library with activities for the young “Bebecuentos”


29th October VIII Ruta de la Piedra en Arico, traditional extraction activity, work, craft and marketing of stone.


29th October. IV Edition Mountain Trail in Granadilla the Gofio Route. Registration now open.


29th to 30th October The event will be held on the TF-463 road between Playa San Juan and the town of Guia de Isora.



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Tenerife Crafts Fairs

Tenerife Craft Fairs are regularly held all over the island. Unlike the markets, they are not dependent on tourists; in fact, they thrive in places tourists have not heard of let alone visit.

Crafts fairs proudly display ancient Canarian traditions passed down from generation to generation they are where local artisans who are officially recognised by the island organisation Artesania de Tenerife showcase their creative talents and sell items based on these early traditions.

At a typical fair you will find a wide range of hand made goods, including ceramics, embroidery, woodwork, and leather items, as well as jewellery. At most fairs you can also buy traditional food and drink and there may even be entertainment with locals dressed in traditional costume.

Tenerife crafts fairs are always well attended but are not the place to grab a cheap bargain. What you will get is something authentic that has not been mass-produced, something unique, and interesting.

Tenerife Artisania

Highlights of fairs that are still to take place this year are below, but for smaller less well-known craft fairs, you can find a whole list organised throughout the year by following this link

4th Craft Tricontinental Fair from 29 October to 6 November, Recinto Ferial, Santa Cruz.
4th Insular Crafts Fair from 18 – 20 November, Avda. Rafael Puig Lluvina, Adeje.
19th Reyes Crafts Fair from 2 – 5 January 2017 Plaza del Principe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

By purchasing locally made items you help support the traditions and people of the island.

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Greece – Part Two

When travelling the days begin to run together, and it becomes increasingly challenging to differentiate between the ancient ruins, that can go from magnificent to mind numbing when in a country as old as Greece. “Favourite” starts to lose its meaning when experiencing numerous amazing moments but three of my favourite ruins were Delphi, Olympia and Mycenae.

Close to Nafplio our next destination was Mycenae, a fortified Bronze Age city. The Mycenaean’s that Homer wrote of in the Iliad and the Odyssey controlled the Greek world between 1600 and 1200 BC. Mycenae like all the sites in Greece is at the top of a large hill. Though scant ruins remain, there are enough to make it easy to imagine what it once was like. The city’s mighty Lion Gate entrance is still awe-inspiring. The museum was full of your usual pottery and excavated treasures and made a welcome break from the unrelenting sun.

We continued on to Olympia the site of the original Olympic Games. As well as your usual temples and baths, there was the gymnasium and the area where the Olympic torch was lit. A lot of the site is knee high because of an earthquake, (there seem to have been lots of earthquakes). Archaeologists have attempted to put it back together in its original format, but they still have lots left to do, however, the arched entrance is still intact and of course the grassy stadium with a few stones where the judges once sat.

We overnighted in Delphi, one of the most important sights in the ancient world. The actual site and museum are at the edge of the modern town and contain the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, a place where people would seek wisdom from the Oracle. By the 6th century BC, the priestess was so influential no warrior would make a decision without first consulting her. However, there is more to Delphi than the oracle, you’ll see the theatre and stadium where the Pythian Games were held every four years in honour of Apollo these were second only in importance to the Olympics. I think perhaps this was my favourite!

We stayed in Sparta so that we could visit possibly my second favourite, Mystras, founded in 1249 so a newbie when compared to where we had been. As we got close, one peak towered over us, capped with castle type buildings. In the past people and goods were hauled to the top in nets, fortunately nowadays you can drive a lot of the way, but it is still a long trek to the citadel at the top. We wended our way up the rock paths to admire the churches some with just fragments of paintings visible on the walls, others less damaged. There was a lot to see.

Our final detour before leaving Greece was to Thermopyles, said to be the site that changed the history of Europe.

And so it was over. When it comes to Greek ruins, the Acropolis and Agora are a given, but for me, the joy was outside Athens. Once you’re done with the big city, hit the road and explore Greece’s rich history, I just wish we had done it years ago.

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