If you missed the first part of this post you can read it here – Don’t miss the market at Loulé
So having left you all to go for a quick coffee and a sneaky pastel de nata – we’re back and ready to go back to Loulé market to explore the rest of what this wonderful market has to offer…
As well as buying a big shopping bag to put all of your produce in so far, you might also be tempted by a beautiful handbag made out of cork, like one of these:
The craftsmanship is exquisite! Pride in their products and attention to detail are some of the traits of Portuguese crafts, and there are several small local shops within the market that sell traditional items and gifts – ideal for the holidaymaker looking for something original to take home as a gift.
I love the pottery shops here, the vast array of items and colours on display are staggering – and so pretty!
I am always drawn to the jugs, I love the shapes and patterns on them:
And of course you cannot miss the inimitable Cock of Barcelos – who seems to get everywhere!
My favourites though are the beautiful butterflies, which look stunning hung on the wall:
And in case you haven’t got enough bags – here’s another traditional one for you!
These letter tiles are really good value and can transform your house – we have our number displayed on our house using these and they are a lovely traditional touch:
In case all this shopping has left you feeling peckish again, there are lots of stalls selling sweet fruit and nuts – and lots of unidentifiable objects too if you are feeling brave!
And then it’s off outside – yes so far everything we have shown you is inside the market building! – and even more stalls and displays for you to marvel at. Chorizo is extremely popular here, and seeing them strung up like this in the fresh air is quite a sight!
Next door are an array of fresh cheeses and hams – all of which Dave would be happy to buy!
I loved these bananas tied to a post – there was something almost Caribbean about them hanging there:
And not to be outdone were the giant garlic bulbs – also hanging in the sunshine:
You cannot escape the bacalhau or dried cod stands, although I have to admit that I am far more interested in photographing it than preparing it!
Finally a burst of bright colours and scents with the flower stalls – the prices are amazingly good value and it is nice to find fresh cut flowers for sale too as most supermarkets don’t sell them here unlike in the UK:
One last walk around the outside of the market – well it is time for lunch now! – and you will find this wonderful life-size statue sat outside one of the side entrances. I love this so much, her expression is amazing – you instantly feel sorry for her and feel her pain – and if she were real I am sure you would be reaching for your money to buy some fish from her:
So there it is – Loulé market in all its finery for you. I hope that you have enjoyed the tour.
You might also enjoy some of our other posts that take you on a virtual tour of the Algarve – click the link here to find more places for you to explore and enjoy: