The famous market “La Boqueria” or “La Mercat de la Boqueria” in Barcelona, Spain is the one of the most visited attrations in the city and maybe among the top visited places in the world. Going back to history, we find out that La Boqueria was first mentioned in 1217 tables were installed near the old door of the city to sell meat. Later on, that is in 1470, the name of the market changed into Mercat Bornet, or simply, Mercat de la Palla (Straw Market). Some years later, local authorities took the decision to construct a separate market on La Rambla, housing mainly fishmongers and butchers. 1840 is the year when it was decided to build the official market, which opened the same year. Some of the old structures of La Boqueria Market, the metal roof still exists.
La Mercat de la Boqueria is a mixture of colours, tastes, smells, all attracting customers to see and buy. You can find almost everything here, from nuts to candies, fish, meat, cheese, bread and drinks. Tourists have this market on their top to-visit list. If you are in search of fresh food, than this is the right place. It is very crowded, especially because there are a lot of tourists there recording and taking photos. Paella, fish and chips, tapas all are there, freshly cooked, before your eyes. Not to mention the unique smell!
Boqueria Market or The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, one of the oldest markets in Europe, is situated on Las Ramblas, a very popular street in Barcelona, near the Opera house, just in front of Liceum Metro station, and it is opened from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M., except Sundays. The Market has many sections, such as pork products and meats, dried fruits, fresh fruits and vegatables, seafood, seeds and cereals, olives, candies and most of all, fish. You can also have lunch or dinner in one of the attractive bars and restaurants situated right in the center of Boqueria.
As a tip when planning your trip to Barcelona, go to Boqueria, see the stalls selling jamon, just at the entrance of the market, it is Spain’s delectable cured meat, buy yourself a fresh fruit juice, it is a wide range of fruit-based drinks, it may become very crowded at the entrance, where this juice is sold with about €2.50. Go to the fish stalls and admire all kinds of seafoods, most of them freshly brought that morning from the Mediterranean Sea. And finally, don’t leave La Mercat de la Boqueria without tasting paella, or tapas, two local dishes.
So, enjoy a feast of colours and smells in La Boqueria, maybe one of the best markets in the world! It is a fascinating place, with a reputation of having one of the best fresh food markets in Europe. And in the end, go for a long walk on Las Ramblas.