There's something magical about markets, especially the one's abroad. Yes, there really are bargains to be had, if you look carefully, but it's more than that. It's the atmosphere, the buzz, the holiday feeling, the colours, the smells... you know what I mean. The Algarve is the ideal place to have a wander and a look around markets as most towns and villages have their own. However, the following two 'tourist' markets are recommended by us and are big and beautiful enough to be well worth a visit.

WEDNESDAY - Quarteira


Quarteira has everything. There are stalls selling souvenirs, shoes, clothes, watches, bags, fake designer this and that... shopping heaven. Quarteira is adjacent to Vilamoura and is half-an-hour's drive or less from Praia da Oura. You can park in a street just off the seafront and walk through to the main street to find streams of people heading towards the market. Loule is also a very good market and a nice place to visit.

Gypsy markets are held throughout the Algarve and this is a guide to when they are held and where.

Please be aware that they don't always follow this pattern ( There are some special day fairsin certain months at certain towns) and so you should always check before travelling- after all this is Portugal !!

Albufeira 1st & 3rd Tuesday

Alcantarilha 1st Friday

Algoz 2nd Monday

Aljezur 3rd Monday

Almancil 1st & 4th Sunday

Alvor 2nd Tuesday

Alte 3rd Thursday

Ameixal 1st Thursday

Azilheira 1st Thursday

Azinhal (Castro Marim) First Sunday

Azinhal (Loulé) Last Saturday

Benafim 1st Saturday

Boliqueme Last Thursday

B S Miguel 1st Monday

Budens 1st Tuesday

Castro Marim 2nd Saturday

Cortelha 2nd Saturday

Estoi 2nd Sunday

Fuzeta 1st Thursday

Guia 3rd Friday

Lagoa 2nd Sunday

Lagos 1st Saturday

Messines 4th Monday

Moncarapacho 1st Sunday

Monchique 2nd Friday

Odiaxere 4th Monday

Paderne 1st Saturday

Pereiro 4th Sunday

Portimão 1st Monday

Quelfes 4th Sunday

Raposeira 1st Wednesday

Rogil last Sunday

Sagres 1st Friday

Santa Catarina 4th Sunday

Silves 3rd Monday

São Marcos de Serra 1st Saturday

Tavira 3rd Saturday

Tunes 4th Saturday

Vaqueiros 2nd Thursday

Vila do Bispo 1st Thursday

V N de Cacela 3rd Sunday

Additionally there are markets every week at:

Loulé Every Saturday

Quarteira Every Wednesday

São Brás Every Saturday

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