Thursday is market day in Huescar. It’s the second largest market in the area (after Baza) and only a few miles from where we were staying in Galera.
We knew that nearly every village holds a weekly market and that they are an important part of life in rural Spain. For us, this was going to be our first experience of visiting a Spanish market.
Approaching Huescar, we need not have worried about finding the market as it runs off from the main road running through Huescar. Parking up, we set out to discover what market day in Huescar was all about.
The market was bustling with activity and it soon became clear just how large it is, taking over much of the town. There were various stalls branching off along many of the side streets and around the plazas. It seemed like you could buy pretty much anything you needed. We approached the market from the South and it seemed that this part of the market dealt in produce.
The first stall we passed was selling plants (including vegetables) and fruit trees. Turning right towards a plaza we passed stall after stall of colourful fruit and vegetables of all shapes and sizes. It was a wonder to the senses.
Josie was in her element just browsing the fruits and vegetables – the choices, the freshness, the lack of uniformity of sizes and shapes and the absence of packaging. With no markets in the Turks and Caicos we have become accustomed to supermarket packaged products *yuck*
Next to a café (which was doing a roaring trade) was a stall making and selling churros. I had heard about this Andalucian delicacy which is popular in breakfast bars (where they are served with a thick hot chocolate). It looked like a similar mix as for doughnuts, and was piped into hot fat which created ‘loops’ of Churros. It was fascinating (and mouth-watering) to watch the process.
WE continued into a plaza, this area seemed to focus on selling meats, cheeses, olives and spices. There was also a permanent indoor market which seemed to offer similar produce.
Retracing our steps we continued onto the Plaza Mayor, all the stalls along this stretch of the market and beyond were selling a range of clothing, shoes and hardware supplies.
After all our browsing we sat in a bar just off the Plaza Mayor and enjoyed a well deserved café con leche. We reflected on how much we had enjoyed market day in Huescar and on how we could happily make market days a regular part of our future spanish life.
So … Who are one foot in the cave ?
We (Danny and Josie) have spent the last 10 years living and working in the Caribbean. In 2015 we decided we wanted to move closer to family and friends so bought a cave house in the Granada region of Andalucia, Spain. We moved there full time in January 2017. Now we write about our experiences of cave living and how we are adapting to life in Spain.
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5 words related to this blog entry …
Thursday – El Viernes
Fruit – La Fruta
Vegetables – Las Verduras
Breakfast – El Desayuno
Olive – La Aceituna