La Boqueria markets, Barcelona
When it comes to Spain, there seems to be nothing more important than food.
Every meal becomes a feast – a long rambling expedition down a path of courses, helped along with many a glass of wine.
But it’s not just the quantity which is important… quality is a vital factor in the enjoyment of these meals. And that’s why the markets are so important to the Spanish.
Here in Barcelona, the most famous of all the markets is La Boqueira, just off the main street of La Rambla.
Over the years, it has become more of an attraction for tourists and the actual commerce of the city has increasingly moved away.
But in the early mornings, before the crowds descend, the chefs and restauranteurs of Barcelona still come to La Boqueira for much of their produce.
Today I have joined the tourist crowds and the casual Spanish shoppers, in the sense that the professional marketeers have been gone for hours.
I’m staying in an apartment in Barcelona with accommodation website HouseTrip, and we are trying to live like locals. Hence the market experience.
There are hundreds of stalls here, selling fish, meat, cheese, fruit vegetables and more.
Occasionally one jumps out at me – the shop selling snails, or the vibrant colours of the lollies.
Here, in this photo essay, you can get a taste of what it is like to wander through the labyrinth of the undercover markets amongst the smells, sights and tastes of the ingredients of Spain.
Time Travel Turtle was a guest of accommodation website HouseTrip and Context Travel Tours but the opinions, over-written descriptions and bad jokes are his own.