One of my favorite things that we got to experience while visiting Barcelona, Spain was walking around the Boqueria Market in Las Ramblas. It was a rainy Saturday and with loosing one full day the day prior thanks to the airlines we weren’t about to sit in our hotel room. Instead, we got golf size umbrellas from our hotel and hit the pavement running. Well, maybe not running. Maybe more of a brisk walk. The front desk at the Hilton Barcelona (which by the way–the hotel was amazing) recommended we visit the Las Ramblas Boqueria market no later than lunch time since it is closed on Sundays. After my husband and I grabbed our hop-on hop-off passes we decided to make our way down to Las Ramblas.
Since it was raining I opted to leave the DSLR cameras back at the hotel. I was fearful they would get ruined in the rain. So all the photos we took on our first day in Barcelona were taken using our iPhones. Which also meant that all the video I filmed this day was done on the iPhone.
Without further ado… here is my first of 5 Europe travel videos!!!
I hope the video gave you a good idea of how it is at the Las Ramblas Market. As you can tell I am not fluent in Spanish and got yelled at a few times by the locals. Such is life.
One of my favorite parts of the market was all the fresh juice. We made the mistake by purchasing our first juice upon entering the market and we paid 2.50 in euros. As you saw in the video, once we got into the heart of the market you could find juices for one euro. At the time, our exchange rate was $1.28. You could never get a fresh pressed juice for $1.28 in the United States! So I felt the need to splurge on juices. My husband and I had 4 juices in about an hours time while exploring the market.
La Boqueria Market or Sant Josep is the place to go for any item you need for a delicious Mediterranean meal, or simply for some extra fruits and treats on the go. The Boqueria has everything you could possibly imagine under one tall metal umbrella. Sant Josep market is the largest of Barcelona’s 39 food markets, and it is also the largest in Europe.
Looking for more information on the Boqueria Market? Head on over to the Suite Life. They have a great post that explains the history of the market as well as more details of what you can find.
If you ever make it to Barcelona, Spain you must not miss the Boqueria Market! You can shop for souviniers and eat breakfast or lunch while roaming around the market!
The Boqueria Market: Barcelona, Spain
Address: La Rambla, 89 bis – Plaça de la Boqueria
Phone: 933 182 584 / 933 182 017
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday, 8am to 8.30pm