THE CENTRAL MARKET - Shopping with the 5 senses
Central Market of Valencia has always been known for the quality,
variety and freshness of its products as well as the helpful,
personalised service provided by its traders.
addition to the market’s main activity, the innovative and
business-like character of the traders has made the market grow and
improve day by day. Nowadays, it is an important place for the sale
of fresh products and a major cultural and tourist attraction not
only for foreign visitors but also for the people of Valencia.
Mercat Central of Valencia covers exactly 8,160 square metres divided
into two areas or zones.
Central Market brings together almost 300 small traders and 1,500
people are involved in its daily activity. It is the largest centre
of its kind in Europe specialising in fresh products and the first
market in the world to rise to the challenge of computerising sales
and offering home delivery, services which have been available since
2nd October 1996.
the Mercat Central is an important economic focal point of Valencia,
not only because of the work of its traders but also because of the
large number of visits it receives and events it organices.
is no doubt that the Mercat Central is a spectacular piece of
architecture and one of the most attractive and visited buildings in
Valencia. Its architecture matches the aesthetics of the square and
blends perfectly with two other important monuments: La Lonja de la
Seda (the silk exchange) and the Church of Los Santos Juanes. The
Central Market is undoubtedly the most representative building of
early 20th century Valencia, a city which was advancing towards
technological and commercial progress and felt proud of the
agricultural potential of its farmland. This commitment to progress
and farming production can be seen in the modernist structure of the
market and the allegorical decoration of its interior.
iron, glass and ceramic domes (the central one is 30 metres high) and
the two weather vanes on top of them (in the shape of a parrot and a
fish) blend into a typically Valencian skyline of towers and bell