Origins – Boqueria Market, Barcelona

One can only describe the city of Barcelona as vibrant. There is an excitement in the air at all times, the buzz of a city that is brimming with history and yet embracing the future effortlessly, a city of music, food, art, design, sun, sand and so much more it hugs you and doesn’t let go and neither do you want it to.

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The Boqueria market is located in the centre of the city, right in the middle of the very chaotic, exciting and lively Ramblas, and has been around since the 12th century.  When standing at the entrance, one has no idea what lies beyond. The first few steps bring a couple of stalls selling hams, but don’t pay too much attention to these. Keep going until the market hits you. The entire world seems to be hustling and bustling before you, walking up and down the many lanes, smelling the fruit, pointing at hams, buying vegetables and you realise that you’re smiling from ear to ear, but that standing still and watching the world is definitely not the order of the day – get moving!

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Such amazing fruit and vegetables! The most expensive ones are in the front of the market, so keep going to the back if you intend to buy.

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Also to be found are sweets of all shapes, sizes and colours, nuts, dry fruit and just about anything you can think of! A few stalls have rows of glasses filled with fresh fruit juices, which are out of this world and ideal after coming in from the hot Spanish sun. We had watermelon, which never fails to to revive  the weary traveller.

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A few stalls down and we came across some heavenly pata negra (or ham from the Iberian peninsula, made from black pigs fed solely on acorns, making it the best ham in the world!) being sold which was simply too hard to resist. As we were there in the afternoon, most of the fish stalls had sold up and closed for the day, however we did find a couple that were still selling some beautiful, locally caught fish.

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There are a few tapas bars in the market itself and they’re pretty much full at any given time yet the food they serve is incredibly fresh and looks fantastic – especially the fish platters! Even if one doesn’t eat at the market , just being around beautiful food, tasting amazing hams and cheeses, and fruits is what makes this vibrant and busy market worth a visit!

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