Timbaki Market (Crete)





The market of Timbaki is one of the largest weekly markets on the Greek island of Crete. It takes place every Friday. Timbaki is a place without much tourism in the central south of Crete. Nearby are the tourist resorts Agia Galini and Matala.

The market is in the centre of the small town, the first stands can be seen from the main road. Also on market day, Timbaki has a parking lot in the many small side streets. One should come in the morning (Friday).

There are many things to buy at the Timbaki weekly market. The focus is on food and clothing. But there are also household goods, tools and toys. The prices are very low, you can find real bargains, but also a lot of junk.

The market of Timbaki consists of two streets, approximately in T-shape. In one there are mainly fruit and vegetables. Local farmers in the area offer their products loudly. Tymbaki is the most important tomato growing area in Crete. Many farmers became rich here with the export of tomatoes. Also in Germany we have seen tomato boxes with the inscription Timbaki several times in the supermarket.

All tickets Vaproretto Venice, the ferries in the city without streets

In the other street of the market you can find more food and other goods. In the picture above you can see dried legumes like peas and beans.

The Messara plain around Timbaki is also known for the cultivation of flowers.

Furthermore there are clothes on the weekly market of Timbaki. Some of the prices are very reasonable. In addition there is almost everything. Who for example has forgotten a cable for the mobile phone or the computer at home, can find it here.

In the past, when we last visited Timbaki about 15 years ago, live animals such as chickens, sheep and even donkeys were sold at the Timbaki market. This does not seem to be the case anymore (beginning of 2017).

The fresh food at the end of the market day, after 12 o'clock, is particularly inexpensive. Then, according to the motto "everything must go", one kilo of fruit or vegetables can often be bought for less than one euro.

Otherwise Timbaki is not exactly the most beautiful city on Crete. There is always chaotic traffic on the busy thoroughfare. The small town reminds a little of Crete 1-2 decades ago and is one of the least influenced cities of the island of Crete. The city has about 7,000 inhabitants and is also written Tymbaki. It is situated on the road from Heraklion via Mires to Agia Galini.

Directions to market Timbaki: By car it is quite easy. Timbaki is on the road from Mires to Agia Galini. You can see the market if you drive through the village. There is a parking place in the side streets. There are several buses daily between Timbaki, Heraklion and Agia Galini. After Matala and Pitsidia you have to change in Mires.

 

 

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