The first morning of our visit, Matt and Ely took us to a market bursting with Saturday shoppers. The modern and streamlined Mercado de la Ribera has to be the cleanest market I’ve been to in Spain. The next thing I noticed was the sharp smell of seafood, a main attraction in a town so near the Bay of Biscay.
Even against stormy skies, the stained glass storefront was brilliant
Basques like spicy food, so there were plenty of piquant peppers to choose from
The fish and seafood options stretched on and on
The products were listed in both Spanish and Basque above each stall
These crabs were alive and kickin’
Don’t forget your “Eskerrik asko,” or “Thank you”!
Staring down from the second floor
So, what did we make with the mussels and shrimp that we bought at Ribera Market?
That oh-so traditional Basque dish, paella!