Valencia’s Mercado Central – glorious food.

The Mercado - the seafood

When I was in Spain this past summer, I took a break from the FIB music festival and traveled solo by train into the city of Valencia for the day. My first stop and primary destination was the famous Mercado Central.

An easy walk from the Valencia train station, the Mercado Central was very easy to find. Just a walk up the main street and veer to the left where the road forks. It was built in the early 20th century, has wonderful decorative ceramics and plenty of natural light from windows in the roof.

Whether you’re a foodie or not, the Mercado Central is a must on any visit to Valencia.

I tried to capture the rich bounty available in the market in pictures and, while these aren’t bad, they just can’t portray the energy of the people as they went about their Saturday routines of carefully selecting the fish, pastries, fresh bread and vegetables for what I’m such would be wonderful meals at home.

But I didn’t have a kitchen to take any food home to. I was an observer and no more.¬† I couldn’t participate in the collective selection of food and meal planning that everyone else seemed to be enjoying. Ah, but visiting the market was a pleasure all the same.

An exterior shot of the Market.

A wonderful variety of meats and cheeses.

And fish of course.

A bit of home, Canadian Maple Syrup, in Valencia

  • Margaret Keenan

    Oh – great photos. I love markets too. Doesn’t it drive you crazy that you can’t buy all that gorgeous food when you are there? Still, we are lucky with our diversity here too.

  • solotraveler

    Well, I did both, plus walk around the old city but, the City of Arts and Sciences requires a day unto itself. It’s not cheap so I didn’t go in because I knew I couldn’t do it justice. However, I did enjoy going for the architecture and its magnitude. It’s an easy bus ride.

    You might also want to read: Recommended: Travel Solo To Valencia and Don Quixote or Sancho Panza: Who do You Travel to Meet?

    Have fun!

  • Uzair

    Great post. I find food markets such amazing spots to understand the identity and culture of a place.
    Just one question- I too plan on going down to Valencia for the day when I’m in Spain. I was wondering how probable is it to cover important spots like the Mercado Centrale and the Center for Arts & Science? Thanks!

  • Abi

    I love visiting markets – such a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of people. Really enjoyed this post – thanks.