The Market in Oviedo

Markets are always fascinating places! The market in Oviedo is in the Covered Market in the centre of the old town, but there is also an outdoor market around the corner.

The Mercado El Fontan

I saw the Mercado El Fontan for the first time when I walked down a ‘decorated arcade’ next to the School of Music on the Calle Rosal. The narrow passageway suddenly opens into a corner of the covered market but the more obvious entrance to the market is in the Calle Fontan. Javier Aguirre designed the building in 1882 and now it is managed both as a market, but also as a tourist attraction.

Entrance to the El Fontan Market off the Calle Rosal
Entrance to the El Fontan Market off the Calle Rosal
Main entrance into El Fontan market
Main entrance into El Fontan market from Calle Fontan
The covered market on the Calle Fontan
The covered market on the Calle Fontan with the spire of San Isidoro el Real in the background

Inside the Covered Market in Oviedo

You can buy any kind of fresh food imaginable in this market! And, amazingly, the fish stalls sell out. We were staying in a hotel and so, sadly, I couldn’t try out any of the goods on offer.

The market in Oviedo
Inside the covered market in Oviedo
Vegetable stall in the market in Oviedo
Vegetable stall
Fresh fish stall in the Market in Oviedo
One of many fresh fish stalls
Octopus in the market in Oviedo
Octopus!

Mercadillo El Fontan

Just found the corner from the covered market is the Flea Market which is advertised as operating on three days a week, but always seemed to be busy when I walked through it. This scene is in the Palazuela de Daoiz e Velarde.

In the Palazuela de Daoiz e Velarde
Flower stalls in the outdoor market in Oviedo
Flower stalls in the outdoor market

Refreshments!

A market cafe in Oviedo
A market cafe
Cafes in the Plaza El Fontan
Cafes in the Plaza El Fontan

The market in Oviedo is always bustling and a wonderfully interesting point of interest in the old city – don’t miss it. And when I return I will be self-catering!