Valencia Part 3
On one of our journeys into Valencia we have enjoyed visiting the Municipal (community) Market where most people in the city shop for fish, meat, vegetables, cheese, nuts etc. It is open very early in the morning to mid afternoon.
It is situated in the middle of the city in a marvellous building with beautiful stained glass windows and a super doom roof. It is a very big building and all the stalls are beautifully spaced out but you can see it is exceptionally clean everywhere. Quite a few of the stalls have their own tiled pictures on the walls behind them. Like all markets they also have coffee shops which the local store holders use as well as the customers.
The amount of fish for sale is incredible and there are so many different varieties to choose from. We saw on one stall live eels wriggling around on one of the fish counters. The stalls seem to vary in prices greatly but Jim is amazed at the way they are allowed to sell very small fish which in England would not be allowed. Another stall was selling amazing shell fish which we had no idea what they were or where they came from.
The meat counters are something else. Beautiful looking cuts of meat are all on display. The jamons or hams for sale vary in cost greatly. You can buy two of similar size but one will cost 39 Euros and the other will be 79 Euros. The more mature the ham is, the more expensive.
Fresh vegetables and fruit are a delight to see. One stall was only selling mushrooms of every sort. Jim loves to look at the olives and nuts being sold loosely.
Outside are the fresh flower stalls selling beautiful orchids to every colour of rose you can think of.
The paella dishes of every size are sold to cater for everyone’s needs. The largest dish will be used for up to 50 people.
The market was a delight and if we have time we will revisit.