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The Silver Coast - Top 5 Markets

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Opening times: Monday-Saturday 8am-2pm
Type of Market: Farmers and Fisherman market
Description: Set in the middle of Sao Martinho do Porto, this indoor market is far more than meets the eye. The building is small and unassuming but there is a good variety of fruit and vegetables, some imported but most locally farmed. The ladies are friendly and always helpful. In a separate section they sell freshly caught fish, during the week it is usually limited to one or two counters, with more options on weekends.
 
 
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Opening times: Monday-Saturday 8am-2pm
Type of Market: Farmers and Fisherman market
Description: Located in Portugals oldest fishing village, this market is the place to go for fresh fish. However, there is also locally farmed fruit and vegetables. The market is noisy, colourful and vibrant, just like Nazare. Surrounding the open market area are a number of smaller stores selling hand crafted items, from ceramics to baskets to leather and cork products. Located right in the centre of the village there is parking nearby and the building is a just a few hundred meters from the beach.
 
 
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Opening times: Everyday 9am-10:30pm
Type of Market: Biological products and books
Description: Nestled in the walls of the 16th Century castle, this market makes our list for being truly charming and unique. The walls are lined with both new and second-hand books, tables set up in the middle of the shop provide further literary options in Portuguese and English. The book store shares the space with locally produced, biological products as well as fruit. Find various products from honey, to cereals, teas and even pumpkin seeds.
 
 
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Opening times: Sunday 7am-1pm
Type of Market: Clothes, antiques, carpentry, fruit, vegetables, baked goods and cooked food
Description: Huge, open air market selling everything you could think of. A bit of a drive, but worth the trip and a good place to spend the morning. There is plenty of parking and loads of stalls, selling clothes, antiques, carpentry, fruit, vegetables and baked goods. Be sure to have lunch there at one of the rustic grill restaurants, the menu is generally chicken or chicken, but oh what delicious chicken.
 
 
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Opening times: Everyday 8am-2pm
Type of Market: Farmers market, baked goods
Description: Probably the most famous farmers market on The Silver Coast. Located on the picturesque ‘Praça da Fruta’ square in the middle of the historic centre of Caldas da Rainha. Colourful and always busy, the smell of fresh fruit and flowers hangs in the air. The market takes you back in time, where bartering is common place and old ladies still use traditional scales to weigh fruit and vegetables and give you an approximate price. Be prepared to leave with more than you need, the local ladies are very sweet and very charming.
 
 

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