I took an early walk down from the Titsa bus station and centre of town and I was flanked by a steady stream of early shoppers. The small gateway entrance looked much the same but the big difference was along the main road length.
Three new stairways swept down to the stalls, the biggest in the middle had a shallow sloping ramp that was being well used by people with buggies and wheelchair users.
Visually it all looks a lot smarter and cleaner, the bright yellow awnings present a unified front and the walkways between the stalls are wider with just a few shades for breaks so it doesn’t get as claustrophobic and hot as it used to.
At an information point inside the small entrance I was told there were 440 stalls, a compound at the rear had many more metal frames so maybe they can add more if there is the demand.
Arona council originally closed the site due to concerns over health and safety, drainage, and crowding. The temporary site just up the road proved popular but meant diverting traffic. Back on home ground the market slots in nicely, the sea was lapping onto Las Tarajales beach a few yards below and the Paseo Maritimo promenade tempts many a tourist out of their all inclusive comfort zone. It was reassuring to see an ambulance parked nearby, fire extinguishers on the end of stall rows, mobile toilets, market security, and even a couple of local police mingling.
The goods on offer are cheap and cheery, lots of light disposable beach clothes, watches, replica sports gear, more gadgets than K Tel made in their history, and enough Aloe Vera to soothe a sun burnt army. For many visitors it’s an occasion as much as a shopping trip, a bit of haggling, browsing, and a chance to get some take home souvenirs without depleting the budget. Welcome home, it’s good to have you back.
Los Cristianos Market, Avenida Juan Carlos 1; open Tuesdays & Sundays 9 am to 2 pm
OTHER TENERIFE MARKETS (all 9 am to 2 pm unless stated otherwise)
Monday – Alcala
Tuesday – Los Abrigos, 5 pm to 9 pm
Wednesday – Playa San Juan
Thursday – Fañabe.
Friday – Golf del Sur
Friday – San Isidro, 5 pm to 9 pm
Saturday – Fañabe
Saturday – El Medano
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