One of the true delights of living in Barcelona are its wonderful food markets, which not only guarantee healthy eating but also act as a focus for local communities.
With a total of 39 Barcelona Markets, the Catalan capital is one of the few major European cities that can boast a local market in almost every neighbourhood.
I, for one, feared for their survival as more and more supermarkets sprang up in the 1990s but the Mercats de Barcelona network has adapted to modern needs with the introduction of new services, such as home delivery, online shopping and free parking.
Furthermore, many of the market buildings date back to the late 19th century and the birth of Catalan modernism and as they form part of the patrimony of the city, the Ajuntament has created a number of itineraries that show the cultural and historic value of the Barcelona markets.
Many of them have recently been completely refurbished or there are plans to do so in the near future so this crucial feature of Barcelona life has a bright future ahead.
Whether you have just come for a short stay in Barcelona or you are thinking of buying property in Barcelona, I always recommend booking and looking close to a neighbourhood market for a more authentic local experience.