It seems that the Saturday market in the old part of Orihuela is loosing popularity. The intention was to draw trade to this part of the city at the weekends but with only a handful of stalls, it is clearly not working.
Those who live in Bigastro will recall that the council tried to run a monthly ecological market in the town square which faltered from lack of support. I guess this is not what Spaniards are looking for. Markets that sell fruit and vegetables flourish but nobody is really interested in the likes of hand made soaps.