Since the reviews of the Quarteira Gypsy Market were posted in 2009 on this forum it is perhaps worth noting that the market was moved to a new site on the outskirts of town in 2010. It is now in an enclosed area with metal fencing. A GNR officer is at the gate to keep unauthorised traders out, and the ground is properly surfaced, so muddy shoes are a thing of the past. The food outlets are all together in the centre and hygeine has been improved. The term gypsy market is used mainly as a tourist gimmick. There are, of course, plenty of gipsy traders, but you can find many non-gipsy stalls selling household goods, electrical items, watches, mobile phones, jewellery, etc., as well as African traders selling their own traditional gifts. Genuine traders complained about the dodgy dealers giving the market a bad name (as indicated by those posts on here in 2009) and the council has tried to eliminate the problem. Although you can still be nudged by a bloke with a an armful of watces for sale up his sleeve. As people have said - check the goods before you buy - you don't have to go to markets to fall foul of the cheap cigs scam. Walk down any street in any resort and you will occasionally come across one of these con merchants.
I would recommend a trip to this market. It's lively, full of atmosphere and there are bargains to be had if you shop around and do a bit of haggling. Surely that's what markets are supposed to be like.Edited: 11:20 am, April 16, 2011