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A nice market which is worth to visit

Buy some very good "quality/fresh" products, specially seafood and local specialties for during... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nyon, Switzerland
Worth Every Scent

Once you're in the immediate vicinity, you'll know where the Mercado de la Esperanza is located... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2018
Toby B
Boston, Massachusetts
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Plaza de la Esperanza, Santander, Spain
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Buy some very good "quality/fresh" products, specially seafood and local specialties for during your stay or to take with you back home

Thank patrick1536
Reviewed October 11, 2018

Once you're in the immediate vicinity, you'll know where the Mercado de la Esperanza is located -- just follow your nose! The aroma of fresh fish -- ground floor of the market -- is quite potent. The fish market is large, and replete with many...More

Thank Toby B
Reviewed June 28, 2018

Fresh is the operable word here! The array of fish, meats, and produce here is just mind boggling. In addition to the traditional shanks of ham, skinned rabbit and lamb heads are also on offer. Every variety of shellfish imaginable is available as well as...More

Thank Mary Jo N
Reviewed May 21, 2018

We called in to see the market as it has the fish market downstairs & the food market upstairs. Great fish market that showed off the fish & sea food. Upstairs the stall sell all the sausage, cheese & other stuff for taking home as...More

1  Thank Richard B
Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

We stocked up with goodies on our way back to Bilbao Airport. Honey, lemons, ham, cheese, olive oil and anchovies. All from stalls upstairs. Downstairs the range of fish on display is amazing.

Thank brixtonbelle
Reviewed August 18, 2017 via mobile

Market places like this are typical for Spain, and there is nothing outstandig about this one. It's fine, but I've seen nicer ones.

Thank Marilenium
Reviewed April 10, 2017

One can expect the fish stall in the main market in Santander to be well stocked with a wide varieties of sea food. And that is indeed the case. Prices are fairly low compared with many other Spanish city markets. The other sections, (fruit, vegetables...More

1  Thank 529arnes
Reviewed November 7, 2016

El Mercado de la Esperanza is the place where many locals traditionally shop for fresh fish, fresh produce, meats and other market foods. The lower level is the fish and seafood area, where one can find both local and imported fish for all kinds of...More

Thank El-Pescador007
Reviewed October 1, 2016

This market appears only to serve the needs of local residents and restaurants but has nothing particularly attractive to tourists. There are only small stalls with lots of fresh fish, meat, and vegetables which do not offer any of the charm that old world markets...More

1  Thank Dale L
Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

I visited the market around noon. It was quite busy! Bottom floor was fresh fish and seafood which was awesome to see! It really made me wish I had a kitchen to cook in!the upstairs had meat, cheese, fruit and veg like most markets. Outside...More

Thank Inessa C
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