If you visit almost all cities it is almost obligatory to go to the central market: it is usually always lively and there are often places to sit and have a drink. You can also meet people or even compare Alicante tomatoes from the garden in your own area. Normally the traders cheerful and willing to help. This market and the square a the back bring together all the requirements to be considered an authentic town market. The invasion of Chinese vendors selingl you "the ultimate invention" from a box on the floor has not done more than lighten the chaos a little. Stand about for 10min. In one of the corners you can see how the Alicante natives live.
This is a typical market that is held every year on the streets in the historic center of Alicante. It feels like a step back in time to the medieval past, with the flags, market stalls and characters dressed up in costume playing music.