- By lisa
- On Nov 25, 2018
- Travel Tips
When you're travelling to Barcelona and looking for great things to do, you really want to make the most of your destination so you go home feeling like you haven't missed anything and that you've really got a feel for the place. Book the Barcelona Spain packages to begin your holiday there.
Shop and snack at La Boquería
Barcelona’s most famous produce market. Located about halfway up the pedestrian thoroughfare of Las Ramblas, St. Josep La Boquería throngs with people. Here you find stall after stall of local fruit and vegetables, meat stalls with dangling legs of jamón and displays of botifarra (Catalan sausage) and chorizo, seafood stalls heaped with razor clams and shrimp, olive stalls offering dozens of different kinds of olives, and juice stalls serving up every fresh juice combination you can think of.
The location is picturesque: the market hall is located in the colonnaded former courtyard of a now-defunct monastery. As the most visited market in Barcelona, La Boquería is a touristy place, but many locals – including Barcelona’s famous chefs – shop here as well.
Tip: ignore the juice and produce stalls by the very entrance of the market, and head deeper in, where you pay lower prices for the same goods. The tapas stalls that fringe the main market area make an excellent stop for a snack and a drink. Saturday is the liveliest day to visit; the market is closed on Sundays.
Ramble along Las Ramblas
Stretching from the waterfront to Plaça Catalunya, Las Ramblas is a pedestrian boulevard, overlooked by stately 19th century buildings and lined with restaurants, historic buildings and souvenir stalls. This street throngs with strolling crowds, palm readers, and caricature painters, and is a great place for people-watching.
The Ramblas acts as a divide between Barri Gòtic to the east and the El Raval neighborhood to the west, and a leisurely stroll along its 1.2km length takes about half an hour – or longer if you stop along the way. Highlights include the Columbus monument at the waterfront, erected for the 1888 Universal Exposition fair, and the palm-studded Plaça Reial, a beautiful arcade fringed with cafes.