We are in Spain for Christmas with the English side of the family this year, which is very nice. Staying in a holiday village is not a very Spanish experience, but we had a day in Alicante and stopped by the Mercado, the central market.
Little pâté ducks! I was really happy.
The others went for coffee and I had time alone to browse stalls, buy cheese and chorizo, and see these suckling pigs. Meat and cheese and salumi upstairs, fish and vegetables downstairs.
By now the others had joined me, and we explored this excellent cheese stall. We bought lots.
French and Spanish cheeses, very nice.
Several stalls selling eggs of many kinds.
Wonderful dried fish, smoked and tinned fish, tuna and anchovies.
This was just before Christmas and it was lively. Not a touristy market, lots of locals shopping and chatting. Very nice! We even found a lone bag of Brussels sprouts there, so my mother-in-law was delighted. No English Christmas dinner without that, it seems, though nobody actually likes them.