Tenerife markets for locals and tourists

Tenerife markets that locals are looking for may differ from those that people on holidays prefer.

For example, tourists seldom visit the 40 000 square meter grounds of the capital the Recinto Ferial for trade fairs in Santa Cruz, contrary to local residents.

This so called Recinto is the place that is most relevant for local fashion designers, livestock owners or even organic produce growers. It's the best spot to promote a new market for Tenerife.

Tenerife market news for a new Mercadillo Charity market in Puerto de la Cruz

It's on Plaza Concejil in Calle Iriarte in the historical Casa Ventosa. It was inaugurated in February 2023.

Most popular farmers markets

La Matanza de Acentejo in the Northwest of Tenerife has a beautiful one in a very modern complex.

This is displayed on the outside facade of the complex.

The market of Santa Cruz de Tenerife the capital

Click the photo to discover more about this market where Africa meets Europe as well as the East.

More prominent Tenerife markets of farmers and artisans

  • Mercadillo of San Cristóbal de la Laguna
  • Mercadillo of Tegueste a town of vineyards and agriculture
  • Markets of the wine producing Tacoronte de Acenteno
  • La Orotava Markets for their wines and Gofio 
  •  El Mercadillo of Los Realejos with its important historic past of potatoes

  • Mercado Plaza de la Iglesia Market Puerto de la Cruz
  • El Mercado of La Guancha where wheat and other grains excels
  • The market of Icod de los Vinos for its wines as well as its Malvasia Bodega and museum
  •  El Mercado del Agricultor y Artesano of Buenavista del Norte that's famous for figs, Kiwis and Avocados besides other crops of its fertile Isla Baja
  •  Vilaflor de Chasna Mercado where organic vines have already conquered some international markets.
  •  Many markets of Tenerife South where tomatoes, Olives and almonds are grown while Los Cristianos has one of the biggest vacation shopping facilities  with the Los Abrigos market that's open at night.  

Tenerife Mercado Abierto(open market zone)with farmer shops

Calle Quintana of Puerto de la Cruz is also part of open zones of Tenerife Markets, although not daily, contrary to the one in Toscal Longuera of Los Realejos.  Not to forget Calle del Castillo to mention just one of downtown Open Market Zones of the Tenerife capital. These mini markets in the Canary Islands are highly competitive with the big market grounds. Often, some of their fruit or vegetables are cheaper than those on mega markets but just as fresh. This is mostly the case with locally produced food.

Agrokinesis organic certified produce direct from farms

In fact, the farms of this Co-Op were not allowed to plant anything on the land designated for organic produce during a period of twelve years. Now, their produce is checked at regular intervals by inspectors for traces of pesticides including chemical fertilizers. This is the only way to guaranty organic health food.

Needless to say is that organic costs more but it's worth the expense in the long run.

More about them in their Facebook page here

Flea markets Mercadillo Rastros.

Click on the photo above to discover more about this amazing Tenerife flea market.

The Santa Cruz De Tenerife Sunday Rastro a Flea Market is part of the Municipal market.

Facebook of Rastro Guargacho and trendy Los Cristianos

Other art and craft markets

The arts and crafts fair (feria de artesania comarcal) of Garachico a yearly market that is organized by the Townhall and Casa de Cultura

La Ranila Tenerife craftworks with street markets

Pinolere crafts fair

The Tenerife real estate or property market

This was once the most important market from about 1975 until 2009. Now since 2017,  it has been recovering slowly but construction of new real estate is still rather slack.

Tenerife novelty markets

Then lately, vintage markets like that of Calle Clavel near La Hierbita quite close to Calle del Castillo are gaining more and more weekly momentum.

The store had much Fifties fashion for sale when my friend Anand Rubai the artist and I discovered it. Its owner and Anand wanted to set up a marketing partnership. 
You can find Vintage Market Clavel by its Facebook page. Then there's also La Abejera Vintage Saturday shopping in the suburb Garcia Escámez for you to check out. New  trends of Tenerife markets are humming indeed. 

El Desembalaje de Lanave which translates into The Clearing or Unpacking of Lanave

In fact, this is the biggest and most flexible Tenerife Vintage market for anything that can be carried away or reserved by a boot with them for selling your goods. Check their next events in Facebook at Lanave Artántica SC or on their web at www.Lanave.store. Tel: 822 102 025 or 667 670755 They had a cheese and wine party for shoppers when I was last there. This is shopping on the biggest Canary Island at its best.  And, it's just off the main road in Santa Ursula.

Mind the events of Lanave are taking place mostly inside. The spacious open plan interior looks like it may have been a former workshop in the past.

Traditional market-like shops

Indeed, many Tenerife towns still have small supermarkets and shops, some of which go back a 100 years.

Therefor leading people in town halls try to encourage the shopping outside of the big Centro Comerciales like the hypermarkets Alcampo. This is to help the economy of many Tenerife towns.

New Tenerife markets for the future

Some green light for markets in Puerto de la Cruz that promised an evolution still existed in 2014.
They took place monthly on Plaza de Europa and later by the Muelle. The last of them that I saw by the little harbor had very fresh organic farm products which was a blessing.

There also were carpets and many other interesting craft works made from recycled material.

Banana fiber textiles were unheard of, though. By now more and more of the latter is produced in Asian countries. Alibaba even sells Banana yarn that shines like silk. Only available in bulk, though. Unfortunately now, much red tape seems to stand in the way of Tenerife markets that can go with our times.

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