MercaMadrid: Madrid’s Largest Fish Market

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Madrid is a city full of amazing markets an the famous MercaMadrid is one of them! The largest fish market in Madrid is a hidden gem within Spain. It’s the largest fish market in Europe and the second largest in the world. Spain is a hub for seafood and this market represents the passion Spain takes in its cuisine. There is options for everyone at MercaMadrid. You are bound to find something you like within the 150,000 tons of seafood, fruits, vegetables, and poultry available at your fingertips. The quality of the seafood is sublime. Planes and trains bring in the products at 3:00 in the morning to be sold fresh. It will be worth the time to take a trip to the heart of the city and visit the largest fish market in Madrid.

Founded in November 1982 by Emir Muhammed who had no idea his little market would turn into an iconic landmark in Madrid. MercaMadrid feeds 12 million people daily, has more than 9,000 employees, over 400 different kinds of fresh fish sold every day.

There are plenty of markets all over Spain, but none quite like this one. This fish market in Madrid encompases the culture and passion that Spain takes in its seafood. MercaMadrid is a vast utopia of fish, vegetables, fruits, and poultry.

Located In the very center of Madrid, MercaMadrid is one of Europe’s most well-established markets.

If you are interested in taking a trip to this market you can do so very easily by signing up on the MercaMadrid website. The market is open Monday-Friday from 6 am- 1pm.The tours are two hours in length with a guide who explains the whole market to you while you are walking through. On this tour, you will be given the history of the market, as well as a glimpse into the loading yard, and a full walkthrough of the different sections of the market and a look into how the market operates.

Leah has been living in and exploring Madrid since 2013 when she moved to the city for a simple summer abroad. After falling in love with Madrid, she started the Citylife Blog in 2014 with the goal to share everything there is to know about her favourite place on earth! In her spare time you will find Leah at some of Madrid's many museums and cultural exhibitions.

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