La Boqueria Market (in Catalan Mercat de La Boqueria) is a sensual extravaganza of sights, smells, tastes and sounds located at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, a famous group of streets that run from Placa Catalunya all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.
As you stroll down Las Ramblas, you will encounter kiosks, restaurants, performers, and other Barcelona attractions that cater to pedestrians, making it the perfect place to while away the day wandering and exploring.
Best Hotels Near La Boqueria in Barcelona
Are you looking for the best places to stay in Barcelona? If the answer is yes, then you should book a Barcelona accommodation near La Boqueria food market, which is located in one of the best areas to stay in town.
When we recommend the best areas to stay in the city, we take into account what that particular neighborhood has to offer. Are there enough accommodation types? Are there good transportation options to other parts of the city? Are there important Barcelona attractions? How many of them can you reach by taking a short walk? Are there good restaurants? Shopping facilities?
Certainly, the area near La Boqueria answers yes to all the questions above. In general, the best areas to stay in Barcelona that we recommend are The Old City (Ciutat Vella) and particularly the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya. Other areas like the Eixample district and the Port Olimpic are also good options.
If you want to stay near La Boqueria, you should book your hotel whether in Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter or the area of Plaza Catalunya. You'll find many accommodation options, such as hostels, hotels, guest houses, B&B, and apartments. We offer excellent deals for any Barcelona accommodation category!
The Fascinating History of La Boqueria
The Boqueria food market is part of the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona which, as its name (“Old City”) implies, is the oldest part of the Barcelona city. Located in the heart of Las Ramblas, it became part of Barcelona in 1377, when a project was launched to expand the city walls to include the area.
“Las Ramblas” originally comes from the Arabic word “ramlah,” which means a dry ravine. This term was then adapted into Spanish. Once this area was a natural seasonal waterway that drained rainwater from the nearby Collserola hills. Around 1440, the stream was diverted outside of the city walls.
After that, the naturally winding path evolved into a pedestrian walkway around which the city blossomed. Through the centuries, Las Ramblas became the central street of Barcelona, a gathering place for trading and festivals. When you walk through Las Ramblas Barcelona, you really feel like a part history as you join the thousands of pedestrians that have walked this area throughout the generations.
La Boqueria, officially called Mercat de Sant Josep, was established on the site of the San Josep convent after it burned in a fire in 1835. In 1914, it was formally contained under an iron roof with a beautiful stained glass sign at the entrance. Don’t miss this iconic example of the modernist style. Many of the stalls at La Boqueria today are run by third and fourth generation vendors, maintaining the marketplace’s strong ties to its history.