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There are A LOT of markets in Gran Canaria!!!! From the large to the small. Here is my complete guide to Gran Canaria markets.
Gran Canaria Markets in the Mountains
1. Teror Market Gran Canaria
Teror is a very cute mountain town in the north of Gran Canaria. Plaza del Pino is the centre of town and probably the heart of the market, although it extends across town. This is a market that has everything and the offerings are quite high quality.
There are all the handicrafts, clothing, jewelry, hats etc that you would expect. Food wise there is a lot on offer for taking home – fruit and vegetables, cheeses etc. There was also a stall selling vegetarian chorizo de Teror – quite a delicacy! The other is known for this chorizo spread.
There is a large tent set up for dancing – and couples were up and dancing before midday! Most of the restaurants around the Basilica are open. Don’t miss the lovely perfume store called Casa Del Perfume Canariojust near the basilica.
There was not as many food stalls for immediate consumption as I expected. The three main ones were located next to the dancing tent.
The town of Teror is very cute and partially pedestrianized. Don’t just visit the market – a wonder of the streets will reward you with cute colored houses. One steep street has a water feature that runs its length and is very photogenic.
This is the quintessential local market and exactly the type of cute market experience I was hoping for in Gran Canaria!
How to Get To the Terror Sunday Market
The market is open on Sundays between 8 am and 2 pm.
Parking is quite limited. I chose to drive through town and then parked on the roadside leading up to San Mateo. Parking was free and I didn’t have to walk terribly far to get into town.
If you do park where I did, follow the road back into town and turn right at Avenue de Venezuela. At the end of the street you will see market stalls.
Teror is only a 20-minute drive from Las Palmas, about one hour and 10 minutes from Maspalomas.
2. San Mateo Market Gran Canaria
Whilst this market is quite a bit smaller than the one in Teror it is super cute! The covered market hall area is exactly what you want from a farmers market. Lots of vendors selling everything from bread to wine to fresh fruit and vegetables etc etc. I found this area much more photogenic than similar areas in Teror.
There is also a large tent for dancing. The dance floor was full when I got there! There is then a small mix of handicraft and clothing stalls.
The highlight of this market for me was the discovery of the Palmetto restaurant, next to the bus station! The appearance and location of Palmetto didn’t exactly present an image of high-quality food. However, they had several tables on the street opposite the restaurant and when I walked past I saw some amazing looking food – and every table was full!
I had the most fantastic Padron peppers – they aren’t called that in Gran Canaria but will be in the starters section on menus as peppers. This was then followed up by mixed croquettes – one serving includes tuna, chicken, and spinach – plus chips! It was a great meal and very reasonably priced. I highly recommend it!
How to get to San Mateo Market
The market is on Sundays and runs from 8am-2pm.
I drove when I visited. Drive through town (you won’t have much choice as it is pretty much one road). After you pass the market area there will be a parking sign on your left. Pull in to a big open area that obviously works as a parking lot on Sundays. Parking is 1 euro 20 and will last you all day. It is less than a 5-minute walk to the market area.
Teror and San Mateo are only about a 25-minute drive from each other (it looks closer than this on the map but boy are there a lot of hairpin turns in the mountains of Gran Canaria that slow you down!). It is easy to visit both on a Sunday which I did.
I highly recommend forgetting the car and taking an organised tour of the Gran Canaria Sunday Markets. The Gran Canaria Villages Market tour will take you to both Teror and San Mateo markets on a Sunday as well as Santa Brigida. Much better not to have to deal with hairpin turns and parking!
Don’t miss my post on the 20 Best Gran Canaria Day Trips and Tours.
Markets Gran Canaria in the South
3. San Fernando Maspalamos Market
This market moves around. On a Tuesday it goes to Arguienta and then on a Friday it is the big one – Mogan. I was actually quite disappointed with this market. There was a lot of tat – designer knock-offs, cheap clothes etc. The market hall had slightly better offerings around fruit and vegetables and quite a few aloe vera stalls.
I did arrive about 1 pm and quite a few stalls had packed up so maybe I had missed the best stuff. Everyone raves about the Mogan market on a Friday and apparently they are the same vendors so I must have missed something. If you have to choose between visiting this market or Mogan a Friday I would definitely go to Mogan.
How to get to the Market in Maspalomas
The market is in the actual town of Maspalomas (most of the restaurants of this area are in Melonaras which is a car journey away). The market runs from 8 am to 2 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Parking is tight. If you are early there is parking in the middle of the road running parallel to the market. If you are arriving a bit later try the parking area next to the service station you will pass on your left as you drive down to the market. There is a roundabout at the end of the street so it is easy to turn around and head back to the service station parking should you miss it.
4. Mogan Market
This is the big one! This Friday market is the biggest on the island. There are hundreds of stalls selling everything from clothing to food. The market is throughout the super cute fishing town, Puerto Mogan. This is also a very photogenic market!
Ideally, make a day of visiting the market. There are loads of good fresh seafood restaurants on the harbor.
Puerto Mogán massive Friday market is so crowded that there’s now a Monday handicraft market in the town as well. This focuses on handmade goods and all stallholders have to be certified as local handicraft producers. The Monday Mogán market is behind the beach rather than along the harbour wall.
Looking for another great foodie experience in Spain? Check out this post on the 10 Best Pintxos in San Sebastian – one of the best foodie cities in the world.
How to get to the Market in Mogan
The market runs from 8 am to 2 pm. Definitely get there as early as you can as this is a small town and parking is very difficult. A better option is to take a ferry to get there so there is no need to worry about the car. My hotel, Salobre Resort, ran a bus to and from the markets on Fridays so it may be worth checking with your accommodation.
Las Palmas Markets
5. Vegueta Market Las Palmas
Such a stunning market! This market is located in an old style market hall in the old section of Las Palmas and has been running since 1858. This is a high-quality market that could give Borough a run for its money! In particular, the fruit and vegetable displays are absolutely stunning!
I had a terrific experience chatting with Jose at the Jose Y Alicia Stall. The stall owners are delighted to provide samples and to share stories of their suppliers – their passion oozes through! I tried super tasty local small bananas, bull tomatoes with salt and amazingly fresh pineapple.
This guy also sells spices. I tried some avocado from Mogan. Apparently, Mogan has the best avocados as there is salt in the soil or something and buy did they have flavor! He served the avocado with a version of the mojo spices on top – wow!
This stall sells those spices and it is a great and cheap place to get some to take home.
This is very much a food market and there are meat suppliers etc. They did try having some food stalls/restaurants but apparently, this didn’t take off. However, the stalls are still there so maybe they will re-launch!
How to get to Vegueta Market Las Palmas
The market is 8am-2pm every day apart from Sunday.
The market is located opposite the theatre.
6. Mercado del Puerto Las Palmas
Opened since 1891 this has been the first fresh food market in Gran Canaria to also offer ready-to-eat food options. I had a fantastic meal at Piscos & Buches. I am a bit obsessed with Spanish pulpo (octopus) and their version was excellent!
This is also a popular market with locals, particularly for evening drinks.
This market has the usual stalls etc but it also has little restaurants and stalls.
How to get to Mercado del Puerto
Open 730 till midnight every day apart from Sunday when it opens at midday and closes at 830pm. The market is located just near the Aquarium and it is easiest to walk.
7. Santa Brigida Market Gran Canaria
This is a smaller market and is more focused on fresh produce and wine. It is quite upmarket and more suited to locals vs tourists.
The above are the main markets in Gran Canaria. However, there are more. Quite a few towns run markets on Sundays including Santa Lucia and San Lorenzo. The Maspalomas/Mogan market runs with fewer stalls at Arguineguin in Plaza Negro.
How to get to Gran Canaria and Getting Around
Gran Canaria is a 4 hour flight from London. Considering how far it is flights are very reasonably priced! However, the key carriers are Easy Jet, Ryan Air, Tui etc which means Stansted and Luton. A pain for me but might work for you! Easy Jet does do flights from Gatwick but their return flight gets you in quite late eg after midnight.
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Once you arrive definitely the best option is to hire a car. It is super easy to drive around the island – it is essentially one big round road. Do watch out when heading into the interior. What can seem a short distance on the map can take some time due to windy roads and mountains!
When to Visit Gran Canaria
Due to its location, Gran Canaria has quite consistently spring-like weather all year round. Peak season is generally seen as May through November where temperatures vary between 24 and 26 degrees Celsius from August to October. December till April temperatures hover around 22 degrees Celsius – so basically a great temperature all year round! Seasonality tends to be more driven by the prices of air fares rather than the temperature.
What to Pack to Visit Gran Canaria
With an eternal spring temperature you will want to bring a swimsuit and sunscreen all year round! The island is great for walking. I like Uniqlo for dual purpose activewear and not so active tops. Kathmandu is great for some of the more serious stuff. Flip flops are essential as are some decent runners.
Generally the island is quite relaxed so I spent most of my time in bathers, cover ups and maxi/floaty dresses for evening. Check out Top Shop and Marks and Spencer for some reasonable priced yet stylish options for all of these.
Boutique Hotels on Gran Canaria
The two key areas for hotels in Gran Canaria are Las Palmas and around and then down in the south in the Maspalomas and Meloneras areas. These are where the majority of hotels are located and usually ensure that you are not too far from the action for dinner or drinks.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Salobre Resort. Salobre is near Maspalomas but is about a 15 minute drive into the interior of the island – mainly due to the fact that it is based around a golf course. For quite a large hotel Salobre has a fantastic boutique feel. The design and the details are all very stylish. As the hotel covers quite a big area physically it never feels busy.
Importantly the hotel has seven pools! Yes, seven! My favourite was the adults-only Sunset pool which is located on the top floor of the resort. The pool has its own bar and a very large area for deck chairs and beds.
Another stylish option in the south of the island is the Bohemia Suites and Spa which has a 360 degree pool, a thai spa and it is only 200m from the beach!
If you are looking for an option near Las Palmas try Hotel El Mondalon. This is rustic chic and a lovely little hideaway – and great value! Also in the north, and something a bit different, is the opportunity to stay at a Finca! Finca Las Longueras is also rustic chic but is a little farther away from Las Palmas.