A trip to Europe would not be complete without a visit to a local market. It is the quintessential European experience; local vendors selling fresh, organic produce, authentic and traditional foods, textiles, household items, and more.
It’s become a one-stop shopping experience. Grab everything (well, almost everything) you need in one convenient place.
Every year we visit the market here in Arzachena, Sardinia. The piazza is only a 3 minute walk from our house in town. As we work our way up the narrow cobblestone road that leads to the piazza the streets begin to fill with vendor kiosks and the hustle and bustle of tourists and locals alike.
The purpose of this post if to take you on a stroll (a rainy stroll for the most part) through the market so you too can enjoy the quintessential European market experience!
Not a pretty sight…especially when the entire market is outside!
European version of a food truck?! Or should I call it a deli on wheels?!
Sardinian textiles…the handmade embroidery and intricate details are just stunning!
Fresh, organic, seasonal fruits and veggies.
Cheese, cheese, and more cheese…authentic Sardinian pecorino, peretta, and more…
Fresh, organic eggs, homemade honey, and handmade “pane casareccio” (a super-thin, crunchy version of pita bread flavoured with olive oil and salt) baked in a wood-burning oven!
Fresh seafood…need I say more?! 😉
Now, who doesn’t need a Sardinia -inspired tablecloth or apron?
Authentic, handcrafted coral jewellery
Fresh snails, anyone?!
And let the rain pour down…
More fresh cheese, sausage, cold cuts, bread, etc…
Colourful hand-woven handbags
Handmade “pattada” knives (sort of like the Swiss Army knife to Sardinians). It’s not strange for someone to carry one of these in their pocket. It’s multi-functional…or so they say!
The storm finally passed and the sun started to shine through the clouds…just as we were heading home! Perfect timing!