Transatlantic 2022 — Valencia; Central Market


Last look: Church of Saint John of the Market

Everybody loves a little shopping. And if you’re Ursula, you’re enamored with foreign food markets. Doesn’t make any difference if it’s an outdoor farmers market, a Coop or Spar superstore, or a cavernous monstrosity housing myriad vendors selling everything from produce to hams to seafood to candies. In the case of Valencia, that last one describes Mercat Central de Valencia (Central Market of Valencia), an Art Nouveau hall of immense proportions located just southwest of the Silk Exchange. And, yes, when I say immense, I mean immense! Just take a gander at the exterior:

Mercat Central de Valencia

Think that’s impressive? Head on inside, where it looks even bigger because the photo above gives you no hint as to the depth of the market:

Mercat Central de Valencia

I have a sneaking suspicion that the vendors here are selected for the quality of their wares. It certainly appears so looking at, say, the produce:

Central Market produce

Or the seafood:

Central Market seafood

Or how about some of that famed Spanish jamón Ibérico?

Central Market Iberian hams

Getting hungry yet? If not, just click on the following slide show/photo gallery to fix that problem:

Слава Україні! (Slava Ukraini!)

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