Open Air Market
What else is there to do on a Wednesday morning but to go to the market to pick up a bargain. Open all year, Ayia Thekla Market, is almost on the beach at St. Loucas Beach Restaurant and Bar, one of the reasons to go as they serve a full English breakfast with tea or coffee and a juice for only €7 and with free WiFi, what a perfect way to start your market day !!
Variety of Stalls
With over 50 stalls in the summer there’s everything you’d expect from a thriving market, from a variety of bric-a-brac, souvenirs, hand made pottery, household goods, I.T Services and computer stuff. There’s shoes, new and second hand clothes, accessories, cafes and food stalls and even Grimsby’s Smokey Pete’s Van selling traditional English fish imported from Grimsby of course! Terry & Pauline have recently taken the helm and specialise in Smoked Haddock, smoked the traditional way in Oak Sawdust … the aroma is awesome!
There’s a traditional British market atmosphere from a mainly British crew, but it’s international with mostly local traders and some really friendly Cypriots like Dimitris, who brings things like fresh fruit and veg from his and local farms.
What I like about this market is everybody’s always happy and ready to barter, from Yiannis and almost the whole family, serving a selection of local and international dishes in the restaurant, to Mick and Jill in Naughty Corner aka Savoury and Sweets where you’ll get a great selection of home made pies and sausage rolls, bacon rolls, delicious pork pies, Scotch eggs and traditional farmhouse baking and a nice hot cuppa.
I’ve known many of these traders for years including Roger and Dina with a great selection of second hand books, swap or buy. You can’t not stop at Melanie’s, who imports all your fave British sweets like aniseed balls, shrimps and bananas, liquorice … need I say more? and Sotiris from Paralimni with his hand made jewellery, phone and tablet covers.
Karen and Phil from West Wales have this wonderful collection of magnetic health bracelets of Titanium, Tungsten and Stainless Steel and Janet and Steve from Scotland import jewellery from all over the world and sell kiddies ruck sacks, and t-shirts and Mario’s bric-a-brac stall has everything from antiques, carvings and his speciality computer repairs.
Bags of Veg
Sharon and Mick from Essex, import handbags in faux leather a selection of tools, light bulbs, razor blades, including Fusion at crazy cheap prices … and the old man of the market, Michalies Mammoulas from Larnaca that sells his own grown fresh fruit n veg at really low prices including; Swedes, Parsnips, Leeks, Sprouts, Chilopy, Iceberg and Chinese lettuce and lots more …
You’ll even find regular house clearance stalls, car boot style so there’s something for everyone and with ample off street free parking and a walk along the coast if you fancy. This is the place to be every Wednesday !
Rent a Stall
If you want to join in, you can just turn up early and rent a stall on the day with prices starting from as little as € 10 …
Open All Year
Every Wednesday 8 am ’til 2 pm
You’ll find them on Ayia Thekla Beach, the far end of Nissi Avenue, beach side, just past Waterworld Waterpark … see map below
An open air market on the beach with munchies!