La Boqueria is a stunning indoor market located just off La Rambla.
This is the most famous street in Barcelona. It’s close to Placa Catalunya in the heart of the city and just a few minutes away from the Gothic Quarter and Raval.
The market has been here since medieval times and is the largest market in Spain.
The iconic Modernist stained glass entrance attracts millions of visitors every year to this Aladdin’s cave of tantalizing food, exotic fruits and spices.
On entering the market you are met with trays of the most exquisite chocolates and nuts.
The hustle and bustle and aromas pervade the air and attack the senses in the most delightful way.
Stalls are piled high with strawberries, grapes, melons, figs and many more delicious fruits and vegetables.
A gastronomic feast of fruits, vegetables, fish, offal, chickens and meat awaits you. Bags of snails and huge hams suspended in rows hang above the numerous shops.
Every so often you’ll catch a glimpe of shimmering tripe and local specialities such as salted cod and sausages.
Aromatic cheeses and stalls piled high with the freshest of fruit and colorful aubergines and peppers wet the taste buds and soon you’re ready to sample some of these tantalizing foods.
The market is always full of people eagerly enjoying the local dishes and wines of the area and restaurants and bars such as La Gardunya at C/ Jerusalem, 18 Mercat de St. Josep are well worth a visit.
For more information and a history of this amazing market check out the Market Website
During your walking tour you will also visit shops specializing in wine, chocolate and pastries.
You will have the chance to try samples of traditional Catalan products, such as fruits in La Boqueria Market, and wine at the end of the tour in the Winery “La Vinya del Senyor” (a glass of wine and a Catalan Tapa).