27.02.2018 /3: Mercado Central de Atarazanas

Entrance to Atarazanas. (C)Two Queens Travel Blog 2018

Another definite testament of the Moorish influence on the Andalusian life and architecture is the marvellous wet market of Atarazanas. Jules made a live feed video of the place, which you can see from Facebook.

When we planned out trip to Malaga, we spent some time on finding out about the sights that were definite must-see for all tourists. One of the places we saw on YouTube videos, was the Mercado Central de Atarazanas. It was originally built between 1354 and 1391 as a dry dock.

A dry dock, I hear you say! Indeed, as the Mediterranean sea came all the way up to Atarazanas at that time. Atarazanas comes from the Arabic language, and literally means “the place where ships are repaired”. According to historical sources, the local fishermen came to fish by the south wall of Atarazanas Market as late as 18th Century!

The current market building was constructed between 1876 and 1879, but the white marble door marks the old workshops that used to stand here since the Muslim times. The market has been ship construction yard, a convent, a hospital, a nursing school, and military barracks over the course of its lifetime, and currently it is a wet market. Luckily, though, the architects who have redone the plans for Atarazanas have managed to salvage one of the seven entryways into the building, so even today one of the entrances is actually original one from the time the whole place was built!

Gambas al Pil-Pil @ Atarazanas. (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2018

The market was lovingly restored to its current glory between 2008 and 2010. This meant that the whole market hall was closed to public for two years, and it was worth it. Today, Atarazanas serves people with fresh every day produce from the sea and the land, but it is not only a market hall; it houses multiple small bars and restaurants making it an excellent place to have tapas after shopping the locally sourced fish, seafood, and vegetables.

When heading for a holiday in Málaga, you might want to visit the Atarazanas Market during the first days of your holiday, as it definitely is a place where you can stock up your fresh produce even every day (from Monday to Saturday). Opening times are Monday to Saturday 08:00 – 14:00.


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