The market hall was opened in 1840, but even before this there was an open-air market on the same site. This marketplace was situated outside the Roman walls so that traders could save themselves the commercial tax that was payable inside the city.
The Boqueria is a place that exudes history, culture and tradition. Since it opened, the market has grown and grown and is now the largest anywhere in Catalonia. Thanks to globalisation and immigration into Catalonia, the market now offers an amazing range of produce, from South American delicacies to exotic Arabic dishes.
It really is an unmissable experience, as well as being ideally located in the heart of the city. Close to the market you’ll find the Liceu, the impressive opera house at number 51 Les Rambles, as well as Plaza Reial, just a short walk from the market, and other places of cultural interest such as the Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA) and the Centre for Contemporary Culture (CCCB).
Because this area is the city’s cultural hub, finding somewhere to park in its streets is tricky. But we can offer a network of Saba car parks in this area, all of them open 24 hours a day.