Markets in Catalonia: Girona

Girona, although the provincial capital with the fewest inhabitants in Catalonia, is no slouch when it comes to charm and vitality. Despite its comparative size compared to neighbouring Barcelona, Tarragona and Lleida, this jewel of Costa Brava is brimming with life in every corner.  

Its markets and street markets are a clear reflection of this local energy. On weekends and public holidays, the town centre comes alive with the activity of traders and visitors, creating a unique and lively atmosphere, attracting locals and visitors alike. 

That’s why, in this post, we’re going to explain everything you need to know about the most emblematic markets in Girona. You must consider that Shuttle2Sun offers its shared transfer services and private transfer services, low-cost and sustainable, so you can move to any location in the area, from Barcelona airport, Barcelona port, Reus airport, Girona airport and Camp de Tarragona AVE train station. Now you can book your transfer up to 24 hours in advance 

The historic ‘Mercat del Lleó’ 

The “Mercat del Lleó”, also known as the “Mercat Municipal d’Abastaments”, is the epicentre of fresh produce distribution in Girona. Located in the emblematic Plaça Calvet i Rubalcaba, popularly known as Plaça del Lleó due to the imposing lion monument that stands there, this market is much more than just a place to shop; it is the epicentre of local life and gastronomy.  

With a surface area of 1,712 square metres, this market is a labyrinth of aisles and stalls. Inside there are a total of 57 points of sale, offering a wide variety of products to satisfy the most demanding palates. From fresh meat and fish to seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as artisanal products, this market has it all. What’s more, here you’ll find the town’s most emblematic foods, such as Girona apples, sweet black pudding and handmade sausages. Without a doubt, visitors can be sure to find top-quality products and a friendly, personalised service at every stop.  

However, this place is not only a place of commerce, it is also a witness to Girona’s rich history. A direct heir to the weekly markets that were held in medieval Girona, this market has evolved over time to become a reference point in the city’s daily life. Since its inauguration in 1944, it has witnessed numerous improvements and renovations that have maintained its essence and charm over the years. 

Markets in Catalonia Girona

So, if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the authentic gastronomic culture of Girona, this market is an essential stop on any visit to the city. You must consider that Shuttle2Sun offers its shared transfer services and private transfer services, low-cost and sustainable, so you can move to the city, from Barcelona airport, Barcelona port, Reus airport, Girona airport and Camp de Tarragona AVE train station. 

The ‘Mercat de la Devesa’, the city’s most representative street market

If we are talking about Girona’s street market par excellence, we are talking about the “Mercat de la Devesa”. Here you will find long rows of stalls selling local foodstuffs and everyday items. From fresh produce such as fruit, vegetables and sausages, to gifts, clothes, accessories, footwear and fabrics, this place offers a unique shopping experience in Girona.   

Held on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 1.30 pm on Passeig de la Devesa, this market is not only a place to shop for locals, but also for visitors from outside the city. Its lively atmosphere and the quality of its products make it an attraction for residents and tourists alike. 

Mercat del Lleó, Mercat de la Devesa, Girona, Costa Brava

The promenade where the dealers’ market is held forms part of the 40 hectares that make up the Parc de la Devesa. This impressive park, the largest in the city and one of the largest in Catalonia, is surrounded by three of the four rivers that run through the municipality: the Onyar, the Ter and the Güell. Its paths wind through centuries-old trees, mainly London plane, offering locals and tourists pleasant walks.

In addition to being a green lung for the city, the park has open areas to enjoy the sun, sports areas, urban gardens, a children’s playground and even a space for dogs. It is also home to cultural spaces and administrative buildings, such as the Fira de Girona and the Auditori-Palau de Congressos.  

Without a doubt, exploring the ‘Mercat de la Devesa’ and strolling through its park is an experience not to be missed during your visit to this charming city. 

Other street markets in Girona  

Before we go on to talk about Girona’s legendary markets, we invite you to read our publication “Markets in Catalonia: Barcelona”, where we explain the most famous and emblematic markets in the Catalan capital, among other things.  

Girona’s annual calendar of activities includes a wide range of street markets that attract many visitors, especially locals. 

Two of the most emblematic of these are the artisan products market and the artisan food market, where the stallholders show off the art of their craft and sell their products. Other highlights include the La Leona exchange market and the art and painting market, ideal for lovers of antiques and art. In addition, on Saturdays, the Rambla de la Llibertat fills with colours and aromas at the characteristic flower market. 

If you visit Girona, make the most of your stay to visit its most legendary markets. With Shuttle2Sun’s shared transfer services and private transfer services, low-cost and sustainable, you can travel to the city from Barcelona airport, Barcelona port, Reus airport, Girona airport and Camp de Tarragona AVE train station. Now you can book your transfer up to 24 hours in advance. 

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