Valencia’s Mercado Central – Real Valencian Daily Life

Last month, while in Spain, I had the opportunity to visit Valencia’s Mercado Central. While the building itself was constructed in the beginning of the twentieth century, it displays genuine Valencian style with lots of color, ceramics and mosaics. Mercado Central is one of the oldest running food markets in Europe. My guide pointed out that the market has a surface area of over 8,000 square meters with more than 1,000 selling posts. Visitors can find everything from fresh fish and meat to a paella pan that serves up to 120 people.

The first thing that really jumped out at me was the unique roof comprised of domes and sloping sections of various heights that allow light to shine through colored window panels. I always love to check out the local markets and I felt that my visit to the lively Mercado Central gave me a true snapshot of real Valencian daily life. It is really worth seeing and, for photographers, taking a few pictures of some of the domes is a must. The Mercado Central is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30pm to 2:30pm.

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