Mercado Central stalls criticism

One of Valencia’s best loved tourist attractions, the Mercado Central, has responded to allegations that market stall holders fed up with browsing, non-buying tourists, getting in the way of regular customers, had suggested an entrance charge of forty cents for tourists, has been rejected.

Responding to one British newspaper headline of “Pay up, or get out!” the Mercado’s management have insisted that they are not planning any charges and that the original suggestion was made some months ago when a verbal query was raised at a city hall meeting about the congestion problems caused by large groups of tourists arriving during the busiest hours of trade.

The management have suggested that it might be possible to discuss some kind of contribution or collaboration with the tourist companies who bring busloads of tourists with the sellers association.

The Mercado is one of Europe’s oldest continuous food markets, has 400 stalls and employs 1,500 local people. It is rightly regarded as a gem of Valencian architecture and although only constructed in 1928 it is thought by most tourists to be an older building with its central dome, bright colours, ceramics and mosaics.

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