First impressions can make all the difference and on that score Costa Adeje market in Fañabe definitely looked better. Last time I went the outside fencing had holes and the stock and rubbish was spilling out at the edges, now a painted surround and clear signs send out a welcome.
This was all part of a recent 500,000 euro spruce up by owners Mercadillo del Atlantico. The other eye catching improvement was the 200 new, white marquees brought in from Germany for the stalls that trade every Thursday and Saturday. The whole bulging-at-the-seams effect had been toned down, new tarmac services for the traders’ access road were marked off with white poles and new white ropes and several notices clearly showed evacuation points and emergency exits.
A stroll was called for to check out what was on offer, everything you thought you needed and a few things you hadn’t yet thought of. Bags, shoes, jewelry, clothes, watches, and fabrics were the standard items but there were plenty of novelty items like health bracelets, toys, games, and whistles. I even spotted a demonstration of an all purpose food chopper – memories of K Tel and Ronco, ask your Gran. Some of the rock bottom prices on brand name football and T shirts seemed too good to be true, make your own judgment.
The aisles were wide enough to avoid congestion but it was less busy than I expected on a hot Saturday afternoon. There was plenty of poking, turning, and holding up to the light by would-be buyers and a brisk trade all round. With a captive audience I expected more food and drink stalls, there was just a mojito and soft drinks stand separate from the main body of the market, maybe due to the established row of cafes and bars just across the road.
Security is always a concern among shoppers in confined spaces like markets, I saw one uniformed security guard and several more casually dressed with Market Control on their tops. There were even two local policemen sauntering through and smiling, they would have been pleased by the range of sun glasses. The clean and tidy theme was being helped by the presence of a wheelie bin in each main aisle, no excuses for dropping rubbish.
The nearby areas of Torviscas and el Duque cater for the upper end of the holiday market but everyone likes a bargain and there was a good cross section of people having a good old dig around. Market sources put their visitors at 4,000 a day and it’s noticeable on Thursdays and Saturdays that the buses are much fuller. The public Titsa bus service has its own stop just inside the market entrance where the Granadilla and Costa Silencio buses pull in after pick ups in Los Cristianos and Las Americas.
Costa Adeje market is open on Thursdays and Saturdays, 9am-2pm
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