Mercado dos Lavradores

Swordfish – fish market, Madeira

Mercado dos Lavradores is Portuguese for “Farmer’s Market” and this fish market is located just behind it in the city of Funchal. We were staying in a hotel (2019) nearby, so didn’t need to buy anything as such. However we did end up buying some fruit for the hotel room and to carry with us for snacks whilst exploring the city and the rest of Madeira.

I had left it a bit late in the day and frankly, we were surprised the market was still open at the time of day when we visited. I will share some more images once I’ve gathered together the other photos from the trip. In a nutshell I have found an external drive, I’d forgotten about with the madness of last year.

The fish market was closing up for the day and I was able to grab some photos with my long lens from the floor just above. I would have walked down the steps into the fish market but they were cleaning up. So the last thing I wanted to do was to get in the way. The banner in this photo shows a picture of a swordfish and it is to scale.

Madeira is famous for it’s fish and the restaurants offer a vast range of options in terms of seafood, all of which is caught in the surrounding Atlantic Ocean. If you get the chance have a look for the Black Scabbardfish, they are rather evil looking. It was for that reason I didn’t fancy eating one but back at the hotel, a dazzling array of food was available, morning, day and night – we tried everything we could and made some great culinary discoveries. The Tuna steaks were unlike anything we’d had anywhere else.

5 thoughts on “Mercado dos Lavradores”

    • Exactly! They are as interesting as any museum or art gallery. You get a feel for the culture too. There is one market though where I took very few photos of any and that was one in the heart of Port Louis Mauritius. It was utterly amazing but very claustrophobic in its setup.


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