Today’s adventure we into Barcelona itself to visit the Mercado de La Boqueria.
The first mention of the Boqueria market in Barcelona dates from 1217, when tables were installed near the old city gate to sell meat. It then went on to be a pig market then a straw market. The current name is believed to derive from the Catalanboc, meaning “goat”, therefore a boqueria would be a place where goat meat is sold. The new market building which is now currently here opened in 1840 with its current metal roof installed in 1914.
As we left the van in secure parking a 25 minute walk away. It’s always interesting to discover some of the non tourist parts of a city but we were warned to keep our eyes on our personal belongings today. The streets were filled with little cafes and residents apartments on the floors above. Many with small balconies with their washing hanging or plants cascading over the iron works. As the streets narrowed they became busier and soon we discovered why. We had reached the market.
Where to start, well one end and work your Way up and down. You should have seen all the different food people were walking along eating, chatting in many different languages. It was certainly vibrant.
Rich was like a kid in a sweet shop, wanting to try this and that and for me to try. But stupidly we had grabbed some lunch on route and I didn’t have any room to start.
I think the photos give you the best description of everything on offer here.
Eventually I managed to make some space and we treated ourselves to some of the fine local produce. Tapas, prawns, Oysters (Rich has the oysters, not my cup of tea) strawberries covered in chocolate, again Rich😉 and to take home for desert some locally made Baklava. To be enjoyed with our cup of tea after dinner.
Our lovey day was concluded with a meal in the campsite restaurant. Paella with chicken and seafood for myself and another fish soup for hubby. All washed down with a cocktail.
Friday morning we woke to bright sunshine and clear skies. We were going to head into Barcelona this morning but after a few days driving we decided to enjoy the campsite and it’s surroundings.
We enjoyed long leisurely breakfast, sat outside of Miss Lexy listening to the waves crashing and watching the world go by.
The only trouble with living in a small Motorhome is that you still have to do housework, especially when parked next to the beach, so we set about cleaning up and tidying round this morning. Whilst doing this we thought we should have an ice lolly just to cool us down but the shop was shut. We knew the Spanish had a siesta but the shop was shut from 11.30 until 17.30! Oh well best hit the bar again where we enjoyed a delicious light lunch and cool drinks. We are on honeymoon after all 😉
Back to the van and Rich needed a little siesta so I changed and headed of to the beach where I enjoyed a Relaxed stroll on the edge of the sea. As I acclimatised to the temperature of the water I had to give in and go for not just a paddle but a full dip. Bev, you would have been proud. It was like being in the sea in Cyprus. Lovely and warm and crystal clear. Lots of tiny delicate seas shells on the shore line to admire to.
Time to head back to the van, go to the now open shop and head back for a dinner of local melon and Parma type ham and good old chicken and chips. We found some little creme caramel deserts in the little shop to, not bad at all.
The campsite is full of lovely flowers. I’ve no idea what some of them are but here are some pictures for you to enjoy.
After dinner we had planning to do. We wanted to go to Barcelona the next day but the bus ride wasn’t suitable for us as it was just over an hour each way and 25 stops. Rich managed to find a secure car park for Miss Lexy and we plan to visit the food market from there.
Watch out for the next blog with our adventures at the food market.