Visit to the Boqueria Market in Barcelona: timetables, prices and tips

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La Boqueria it is one of the most emblematic places in all Barcelona, and certainly the most popular. The origins of the market itself are very ancient, and it is difficult to pinpoint the exact date also because some activities, such as the sale of meat and fish, were already taking place in 1200 in the area where the market now resides. The structure of the Boqueria as we see it today is rather modern. This venna was inaugurated in 1840, following the fire that destroyed the monastery that stood there.



Index

  1. Hours and prices
  2. Tours, guided tours and tickets online
  3. What to see and how to visit the Boqueria Market
  4. Where is it and how to get there
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

  • Monday to Saturday from 8.00 to 20.30
  • Best time for the crowd: the attraction in question is a market, therefore, the influx of people is part of its appeal. If you want to go and visit it at a time "with few people", we recommend the time slot that goes from 9 to 11 and from 19 until closing time.
  • Cost of visit: admission is free

Tours, guided tours and tickets online

What to see and how to visit the Boqueria Market

The Market of San Giuseppe o "La Boqueria", is a perfect place to buy fresh produce, even if, to date, it has almost lost its role as a market to become a full-time tourist attraction. The colorful and lively market is a labyrinth of 2.500 square meters, occupied by more than 300 stalls, where you can buy any product.

The market takes its name from the convent of Sant Josep, which stood in the same place, before being destroyed by a fire. A Catalan architect, Josep Mas i Villa, transformed the area into a market where, initially, the stalls met in the open but then, for obvious reasons, it was covered by the current structure built in 1914.

The main entrance, built in wrought iron, decorated in a modern style and embellished with colored glass panels, presents the celebrating sign with the name of the market in the upper part. The real attraction of the Boquerie are the vendors' stalls. The products are displayed in such a meticulous and careful way that they even respect the nuances of the colors. Among the most characteristic stalls are those of fruit and vegetables, especially exotic ones, and the famous "gastronomic bookshop".



Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: the market is located in the middle of the Rambla. Get directions
  • By bus: lines 59, V13
  • By metro: Liceu stop, on the green line L3

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance within the opening hours.
  2. Be careful: pickpockets proliferate in the market
  3. Minimum time: it is advisable to take as much time as possible to taste at least two of the typical take-away dishes designed especially for tourists.
  4. Eat at the Boqueria: the boqueria stands are full of typical products, absolutely not to be missed are those based on Jamon, the local ham, also available in the form of a skewer, which does not exceed the reasonable cost of € 5,00. A reference point among the local restaurateurs is Clemen's Boqueria, the bar / restaurant occupying number 111, specializing mainly in typical fish dishes. Although there is a large turnout of people, resulting in a long wait for seats, the service is fast and the prices are close to the Italian average: Galician pulpo, salmon, fried calamari and seafood salad total € 41,00. One of the strong points of the Boqueria is the sale of exotic fruit, also available in smoothie or fruit salad, with prices ranging from € 1,50 to € 2,00. Even fruit specialties, such as those based on Jamon, are present on almost all the stands of the market but, absolutely not to be missed, are those of the Fruites y Verdures Soley Roser counter at number 508.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

Born in the early seventeenth century in the plain of Plade de Boqueria, at the gates of the city, it was then inaugurated in 1836 in its current location, between the Palazzo della Virreina and the Liceu Theater. The market has taken the place of the convent San Josep, from which its name derives, and which was destroyed by a fire. The name "Boqueria" appears to have resulted from the sale of carne de Boc, the Catalan word used to indicate the male goat who, in the th century, used to graze in the same area where the market now stands.

Today La Boqueria is not only a market where you can find products otherwise difficult to find, but also a tourist attraction that attracts visitors from all over the world, and above all one of the most important markets in the world. La Boqueria is twinned with London's Borough Market, and there are frequent collaborations between the two, such as the presence of the Catalan market in London in 2008, on the occasion of the reopening of the London one.




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