A type of local Covent Garden, the Mercado de Colón was once a market full of life packed with colourful fruits and vegetables, just like the Mercado Central. Having undergone a major overhaul in 2003, it is now a tourist spot boasting numerous boutiques, bars and restaurants, as well as a few souvenir stands. Nevertheless, visitors can still admire its impressive Art Nouveau architecture from the turn of the 20th century, designed by a student of Gaudí. While concerts take place here every Sunday, this spot is particularly festive in December, playing host to a Christmas market that features a huge nativity scene and a Christmas tree. El Alto de Colon, a gastronomic restaurant, is located on one of the upper floors. In the basement you'll find an oyster bar, the Bamboo, restaurants serving tapas and burgers, a fruit and vegetable seller, and the Manglano, a highly acclaimed gourmet delicatessen that displays its tasty products for all to see, from its hams hung on hooks to its typical sweet treats.
The market it is always richly decorated enhancing its elaborate design.© Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse
During December there is a Christmas market and a life-size nativity scene is on display.© Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse
The shopping here is expensive but you are sure to find top quality goods.© Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse
A variety of meats are available in the main market on the ground level.© Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse
The market has a variety of stalls as well as bars, restaurants and two flower markets.© Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse