Vic’s Annual Medieval Market

Street performers terrorizing visitors at Vic medieval market

Every year, at the start of December, the town of Vic stages one of the largest and best known medieval markets in Spain. El Mercat Medieval de Vic lasts 4 days and for many Barcelona residents is an essential part of the run-up to Christmas. Located just 70km from Barcelona, Vic is a regional capital…

The Encants Vells Flea Market

The Encants Vells' ultra modern canopy was built in 2013

Barcelona’s Encants Vells, also known as the Mercat de Bellcaire, is one of the oldest flea markets in Europe and dates back to the 14th Century. In 2013 Els Encants relocated to a stunning new purpose built 3 story structure opposite the Agbar Tower. The emblematic mirrored canopy houses 500 stalls; a mixture of junk shop, antiques…

The Born Cultural Centre

The Born Cultural Centre

Designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias and inaugurated in 1876, the “Mercat del Born” was Barcelona’s first cast-iron covered market and is the largest of it’s kind in Europe. It was the city’s central food market right up-until 1971 when the new Mercabarna wholesale market opened in the Zona Franca. The abandoned market building fell…

Christmas Markets in Barcelona 2021

A Selection of "Caganers"

Barcelona is a great place for Christmas shopping with a wide range of shops and department stores catering to all budgets and tastes. There are also several traditional Christmas markets that take place every year. La Fira de Santa Llucia The Market of Saint Lucia is Barcelona’s oldest Christmas market and dates back to the…