La Boqueria, Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, is one of Europe´s largest and most famous markets. It´s located in Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, with an entrance located on La Rambla. The market is very old, with first mentions circa the 13th century, before achieving formal status in the 1800s. Some of the roofing of the market is from the early 1900s.
The market is so big it has its own website.There is a large map located at the entrance on La Rambla, and it has its own cooking school. Its buzzing with people, locals and tourists jostling for room down the cramped aisles. Multiple stores sell the same thing, and they sell everything.
My favorites: Ice cold, fresh juice from 1-2€. Never have I fully appreciated my juicer and blender at home. In the sticky heat of Spain, I drank about four cups of sweet, refreshing juice everyday, trying all sorts of different flavours: strawberry, apple, orange; mango, dragonfruit, coconut; kiwi and banana; pineapple and watermelon. It was all delicious.
There were lots of fruits and vegetable stalls...
And lots and lots of meat, from jamon...
To cow tongues, tripe, lungs, heads, brains...
Our tour guide assured me that the heads, hooves, tails, etc are just used for soups and stocks, not for eating. And that curly, twisty thing on the right is a bull´s testicle. Looking at it makes me feel a bit sick, but I thought it would be interesting to see!
And some nice photos to conclude this post.. All manner of lollies, sweets and treats:
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