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Monday, June 28, 2021

La Boqueria- A little paradise in Barcelona

A rainbow of colours

 The discovery of some of the most fascinating places while travelling ignites the memories of one of the most colourful markets called La Boqueria in the midst of a happening city Barcelona in Spain. God has been so generous that every possible colour of nature is visible in this market not only in terms of the things available but equally happy and cheerful locals as well as the throng of tourists at any time of the day or night. It is very well connected by the public transport system. The Green Line metro( Liceu), bus routes 59,91, V13 and Hop On Hop Off tourist buses at Gothic Cathedral stop are the easiest way to reach here.

The Street performers at Las Ramblas
La Boqueria is located in El Raval and has a huge distinct entrance from Las  Rambla, a prominent street. Since Las Ramblas is a congregation of several streets each having a unique name, the street is addressed in the plural as Las! The north end of Las Ramblas is the  city centre called Placa de Catalunya. At the east end of the street is Barri Gotic or the Gothic quarters. On the west side is El Raval where there were once religious and medical institutions and on the southern end is the Christopher Columbus monument. Las Ramblas is bubbling with energy and the tree-lined boulevard makes it appealing at any time. Street performers, vendors, curio shops and cafes line up the streets. Due to the perpetual crowds, one must guard against the pickpockets who lurk around. 

 

Main enrtrance to La Boqueria

As you near the La Boqueria, the aroma of food and an atmosphere charged with high energy grips you. The stream of unending small stalls and shops with s high pitched sales fill the air. The colours of the rainbow seem to have descended on the stalls that sell the farm produce and fruits. 

Fruits and Nuts sellers

So many choices of fruit drinks and cocktails are available that one is literally spoilt for choices. Nuts and seeds, sweets, as well as meat, fish, dairy and cheese seem to have conquered the place. Even if one does not want to buy anything, it is worthwhile to soak in the environment while rubbing shoulders with the unending stream of visitors.

Spoilt for choices for fruit cocktails
The concept of Boqueria is almost 800 years old and with the passage of time, the traders from the adjacent areas have immensely helped in the growth of this market. Every day of the week more than 200 traders come in early to roll up their shutters to welcome the stream of visitors who come to enjoy the gastronomic delights the market offers, 

The La Sagrada familia
So if you happen to be in Barcelona, do not forget to see this amazing market besides visiting the La  Sagrada, familia, Parc Gueill and other delights in the city 

PS: All pics are mine

4 comments:

  1. Truly a delightful market visit, with an unending charisma and aromatic! Excellent shots

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