Once famous for its Arab and Phoenician-style pottery and ceramics, Vera is now the main market town of the area and its centre of local government. The Saturday morning market is popular for its locally-grown fruit and vegetables, clothes and cookware.There is a museum of local history within the town council buildings. It has exhibits relating to the different civilizations who have settled in the area throughout the centuries, such as the Argars and the Romans. The bullring, constructed in 1879 at the height of Vera’s prosperity, is the oldest in Almería. Vera is undergoing extensive development of its tourist industry. Hotels, holiday homes and residential urbanisations in the areas of Puerto Rey, Pueblo Laguna, Las Marinas and the Playazo beach have meant Vera has expanded out to, and along the coast.