Colón Market: Shopping, Culture and History Under One Roof

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mercat colon 2Colón Market has been described as the Valencian Covent Garden.

The open air area is perfect for stopping for a sip of coffee or horchata and a dose of the local culture. The art nouveau architecture certainly brings to mind the traditional market place look and feel. Indeed, London’s Covent Garden underwent its own renovation project to bring it back to its former glory just as the Colón Market did.

Declared a National Monument, it was built in 1914 by Francisco de Mora y Berenguer and restored and redesigned as a leisure area with shops, restaurants and cafes. Architecture enthusiasts will be drawn to the original entrance where the trencadís – a mosaic of broken tiles. The market remains a city meeting point with its colourful Valencian façade reminiscent of the modernist designs of Gaudi. The ceramic tiles picture Valencian country life.

Much smaller than the Central Market, this location offers a more relaxed environment avoiding the hustle and bustle but not lacking in character and photo opportunities. It is open from 7am right through to 1.30am, so ready for a breakfast or late night visit.

Take a virtual tour and familiarise yourself with Colón Market and its surroundings before you arrive.

For a map of the area click here.

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On June 20, 2013
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