Holiday Season: Christmas Markets along the coast

by Thomas Harper

Please check to see if there are any restrictions as some of the markets might be scaled back this year due to Covid -19

Christmas shopping doesn't have to mean joylessly battling through department store crowds or trawling the Internet for bargains. These Christmas markets around the coast are great destinations for traditional gifts, mulled wine and that unbeatable festive feeling.

Málaga - Paseo del Parque

One of the most iconic Christmas markets in Malaga is the one at Paseo del Parque, at Málaga Centro, ideally located so you can enjoy the buzz of the market, along with experiencing the magic of the famous Christmas lights on Malaga’s nearby Calle Larios. You’ll find all sorts of things at the stalls here, from Christmas sweets to handicrafts to beautifully bound books. There’s something everyone and given the market opens daily until 10 p.m. each night, it’s a great place to shop around for the perfect Christmas gift.

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Benalmádena - Arroyo de La Miel

Located in the busy area of Arroyo de La Miel, at the Plaza Pueblosol, you will find a market with over 50 stalls in a variety of handcrafted and Christmas products, food and daily activities for children. The market is open daily from 11:00 to 21:00.

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Fuengirola - Plaza de La Constituición

At the central square of Fuengirola takes place a Christmas market with a great atmosphere and wooden stalls that is noteworthy for one of the most beautiful Christmas lights throughout the Costa del Sol. There, you will find a variety of traditional Spanish food, such as turrones and polvorones, as well as artisan gifts and toys.

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Marbella - Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus has its own Christmas Market on the first line of the port and it's open every day. With two huge Nutcracker statues at its entrance and a trio of singing Penguins that keep the kids fascinated with Christmas songs, it is the ideal place to find all sorts of goodies and chocolate shops, mulled wine stands, gourmet goodies, workshops for kids and more.

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Estepona - Paseo Maritimo

Located at the Paseo Maritimo of Estepona, this market has small wooden houses resembling the Nordic markets and it features an ice rink as well as a playground.

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REF IMAGE: Daniil Silantev

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