One of the largest and most popular medieval markets held in the area is taking place over the course of this weekend.

The Mercado de Época of Cartagena is returning from Friday 9 November until Sunday to the Casco Antiguo, or old town.

This year, the market will be celebrated under the theme ‘Three Cultures’, in reference to the various activities and customs celebrated under Arabic, Jewish and Christian cultures.

The aim of the market is to demonstrate to visitors how people lived in medieval times and what their cultures were like, as well as bringing visitors to the Casco Antiguo and giving commerce in that area a boost.

During the whole weekend, there will be a whole host of varied medieval activities taking place, both for adults and for children. Children’s activities will be set up in Plaza San Franciso.

In terms of stalls, there will be a total of 140 set up in the old town, selling handmade crafts including bags, purses, clothes, jewellery, ornaments, candles and natural beauty products and traditionally made foods including honey, cured meat, cheese, bread, cakes, olive oil. It’s a great market to visit if you’re already thinking about your Christmas shopping!

You’ll also be able to watch as traditional craftsmen and women carry out their work on the day, and these skilled artists will occupy some of the busiest spots within the market. Come down and watch how glass blowers, bakers, ironworkers, goldsmiths and potters work their trade.

As a new addition, this year, four exhibitions have been organised that recreate life during Christian, Arabic and Jewish times.

Date: Friday 9 November to Sunday 11 November

Time: 10.00h to 14.30h and 17.30h to 22.00h

Place: Casco Antiguo

Address: Casco Antiguo, Cartagena, 30202

Entrance: Free