Every sunday there is a market on the streets of Lanzarotes former capital Teguise. In a lifely atmosphere and the beautiful environment of this typical town of Lanzarote you'll find everything a tourist is willing to pay for - local craft, paintings, indigenous food, T-shirts and, and, and ....
Similar to the street market in Teguise but much, much smaller: only about a dozen stands selling crafts and some bags, in the square of Pueblo Marinero.
Nice to wander around, and Pueblo Marinero streets and houses are beautiful.
But if you want a good market, go to the one in Teguise on Sundays.
The streets of Teguise get full with market stands and lots of tourists on Sunday mornings (9 or 10 to around 13.30 -14).
When market finishes,the city becomes more than quiet, and even most restaurants are closed by 14.30. One of the few exceptions is the restaurant by the entrance on main road.
What to buy: You will find local crafts, souvenirs, T-shirts and other clothes, ...and also food stands, from local specialities to german sausages or english pints.
What to pay: Most of the stands have similar, reasonable prices. Negotiating the price is part of the game, and you get some Euros discount.
Lanzarotte is a tax free island, which makes cigarettes, alcohol and luxury goods very cheap
Although it is governed by Spain, an EU member, this doesnt mean you can legally bring unlimited taxable items home with you, you could be charged duty on your goods
All the surfshops sell the big brand names as they do everywhere, and they do it for the same stupid ridiculous prices.
Except for the local brands (which are as good), they go for half or even less what the other ones go. So if ya need a nice shirt sweater or whatever, buy local and save a buck.
You can also buy t-shirts and other clothe items with Manrique logos on.Also you can buy prints of his art work and designer jewllery .I did not buy anything like this.
Lanzarote sells costume jewellery, basketware,local pottery and ethnic type thing.One thing i did buy was edible products to take home with me.I took home two bottles of the yummy mojo sauce and some locally produced wine ;-).I liked the hot tasting mojo sauce best.
The Canary Islands are well known for duty free goods.Cheap perfumes and electronic goods ,cameras, laptops,cd players etc.The main resorts will have shops that specialise in these things.Be careful though and research the product and make before you come to Lanzarote to check out prices and how much you will really be saving.Also watches and jewllery may be fake, so be careful.Alcohol is a very good buy here too.I boght 2 bottles of rum back with me and hubby bought 2 bottles of Malibu back.
What to buy: The Malibu cost £5 which was great value as its £15 here in the UK.The rum was also £4 and half price of here in UK.I bought a game boy and it was £40 and it was about £20 cheaper than England.
Teguise holds a huge market on Sundays and many many visit it.It starts around 9am and finishes about 2pm.It is one of the biggest markets held in the Canary Islands.The whole town fills up with people and stalls and bus loads of people come each week to see it and buy local items.When i went it was a wonderful happy atmosphere and i really enjoyed it.But it was very busy.
What to buy: Arrecife has a Saturday morning market at El Charco de San Gines.
Costa Teguise has a Friday afternoon market in Plaza Pueblo Marinero.
Playa Blanca has a Wednesday morning market in Punta Limones commercial centre.
Marcha Blanca has a market during the Mancha Festival in September and there is a huge street market with traders from all over The Canary Islands.
What to pay: Haggle for your goods.Meet them half way and then slowly work your way up until you agree on a price.
When i went to the local market at Costa Teguise i mainly saw Linen and Lace stalls.They had some nice table clothes and placemats and bedlinen.I bought a nice table cloth and it was not cheap, but it was made really well and well worth paying £20 for.I found the designs and the skill and time put into these beautiful cloths well worth the ££££.
Ceramics are also a good buy at markets.I saw some beautiful tiles and glazed pottery and smaller hand painted items,
What to buy: I bought a nice hand painted jug which is now in my kitchen.It is yellow and blue with lemons painted on it.It cost me £5.I made sure it was well wrapped before putting it in my suitcase.
Groups of African people often sail over to Lanzarote and other Canary Islands to sell exotic African items.Families come together and stay for a few months and go round markets with stalls to sell their goods.They sell African things like masks, figures,table clothes,wooden toys,leatherwork,African drums etc.Nothing will be marked and you will have to haggle.What ever you do dont ever buy ivory goods.
What to buy: Every town will have a weekly market.Some will have a market more than once a week.Markets are great places to find bargains.You will not find much fruit or veg like other countries.The markets here will nearly all be people selling their own craftwork.Spanish people will tend to sell linens and embroidery and lace and ceramics.
If you are looking to buy clothes rather than touristy items there is a large commercial centre on the main road from Arrecife to Peurto del Carmen. Here you will find all the normal shops at a very good price, cheaper than the UK.
What to buy: Clothes etc
You must haggle for your gifts, its expected.
Don’t think you are offending anyone, and don’t feel shy about it either.
They may think you are foolish if you don’t haggle. And besides, its fun.
But it does make you wonder, just how far they will really haggle. But there is no need to be greedy, if you think it’s a fair price for the goods, then pay it. And everyone is happy.
Catcus liquer and honey rum are the two island specialities. Try them or take home as a souvenier of your visit.