“Special Treasures” Await You At The Encants Vells Market
As it was my first time in Barcelona, I really wanted to take in some of Gaudi architecture so naturally, the first place I wanted to visit was the Sagrada Familia.
When I left my hostel that morning, I decided that I’d walk there. It was a hot, sunny day and I wanted to enjoy every moment of the beautiful weather that had avoided visiting Berlin this past summer. Not in any hurry, I slowly made my way towards the cathedral, taking pictures and stopping to look at anything that appeared interesting like a couple of hole-in-the-wall art galleries.
A short while into my walk, I stumbled upon the Encants Vells market completely by accident. I thought, why not take a look? I’m glad I did as it turned out to be a rather fun and unique experience.
Turns out that the Encants Vells market is the largest flea market in Barcelona and is one of the oldest markets in all of Europe – actually dating back to the 14th century. The market currently spans 15,000 square meters and receives 100,000 visitors weekly.
As you can guess by now, the market is mostly full of junk. In addition to bras, underwear and old toilets, you can pick up creepy looking dolls, glass figurines, shoes, old books … and pretty much anything really. If you’re patient and willing to sort through the piles of stuff, you’re sure to find some “special treasures”.
Due to the popularity of the market, petty criminals like to hang out there so they can pick the pockets of tourists. Keep this in mind and don’t let your guard down for even one second. The thieves in Barcelona are professional! I should know as my wallet was stolen from my purse without me even realizing what had happened. Several people from my hostel were robbed as well. So be careful whether you’re at the market or anywhere out and about in the city.
The flea market is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Getting There. Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 8, Barcelona.