La Rambla’s history is the Boqueria Market’s history. The evolution from a past of peddlers to a modern and charming present, full of colour and life. The market is a metaphor for Barcelona’s life, a human river that is the delight for those who like watching.
The first of Barcelona’s local markets was opened on Saint Joseph’s day, on the 19th of March 1840, after four years of work on the land that was up until then occupied by Saint Joseph’s convent. However, the history goes back a good few years before, because on the site on Rambla where the market is today, there were already peddlers selling meat in the thirteenth century.
Marquis Campo Sagrado, Catalonia’s general captain, started to establish the rules for this travelling market in an area that became a large square after the convent was gone. With time the Boqueria Market of Barcelona transformed itself in a modern market. It incorporated the gas illumination and the metal cover was finished in 1914. This metal cover as well as protecting food, sellers and buyers, gives character to the market. Nowadays, the third and fourth generation of sellers proudly show the oldest and most complete food market of Barcelona. They offer us vegetables, meat, fish and thousands of other products in stalls with great charm and imaginative presentation. Boqueria Market is a space full of life, history and unquestionable architectural value.
La Rambla, 89 bis - Plaça de la Boqueria (08001). Barcelona
933 182 584 / 933 182 017
How to get there:
Metro L3, stop Liceu. | Bus 14, 59 and 91.
Web site: www.boqueria.info
Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 8.30pm.
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The Boqueria Market is featured on one of Turisme de Barcelona’s walking tours “Barcelona Gourmet”. All the walking tours are accessible for people with sensory impairments.
The market has an Information Point. If you enter the market through the main entrance on La Rambla
, it is located at the back on your right:
Tel: 933 182 017
Information Point opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am-3.30pm.
The Boqueria is easy to find. If you walk down La Rambla towards the sea, you’ll find the market on your right, between Carrer del Carme and Carrer Hospital.
The Boqueria offers a wealth of sounds and olfactory sensations associated with Mediterranean gastronomy and products from around the world.
Visually impaired children can take part in school activities or visit the market with their family. This gives them direct knowledge of what fruit, vegetables and other products feel like. Some of the produce on display is unusual and difficult to find elsewhere.
If you want to find out more about the market, you can contact the Turisme de Barcelona Information Office and sign up for the Walking Tour Barcelona Gourmet. During the tour, the guides, who have received special training in assisting people with disabilities, will do their utmost to describe the points of interest and produce in as much detail as possible.
If you want to explore the market using technical aids, you can sign up for the Walking Tour Barcelona Gourmet at the Turisme de Barcelona Information Office in Plaça Catalunya and ask for radio receivers with a magnetic loop and large headphones for their tour.
The Boqueria can be reached by accessible public transport (Metro Liceu L3 and several bus routes).
The area around the market is mainly flat and all the entrances – except for the one on Carrer Cabres – are accessible.
The adapted toilet is on floor -1 (basement) in the manager’s building (edifici de Direcció) at the end of the central aisle of the market. It can be reached using a lift that complies with accessibility requirements. If you need to use the toilet, you will need to ask for the key from the person in charge of maintenance, who is always on duty in the service area.
Last update: 07/12/2011
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