Monday, July 28, 2008

Markets of Barcelona

There are many markets in Barcelona, and some more spectacular than others. Probably the most famous market is La Boqueria, or Saint Joseph's market - but this is mainly due to its location half way down las ramblas, meaning many tourists flock in and out to see the produce. I have been told that it is in face Europe's largest market, but I find that hard to believe. It's also a little bit more expensive than, say San Antonio's market, and has almost the same things on offer.

Markets often get a facelift, and two recent refurbishments have been the Barceloneta market and the Santa Caterina market. Both went well over the planned time (no surprise there, then), and the roof of Santa Caterina looks very similar to the new Pans and company logo...see for yourselves.

But the best markets, are the local markets, the smaller ones which offer little gems. On a Saturday and Sunday, for example the Rambla del Raval has a local market which is completely made up of local designers - there are some great pieces on offer, as well as art work, photographs and fridge magnets. You can sample some sweet mint tea in the Morroccon tent, and try some sweet cakes and the like too.

The bottom of Las Ramblas on a weekend, also has the arty-crafty market going on, and over the road from Columbus monument there's an antiques fair, too. I'll add more about other markets as I find new interesting ones, too.

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