Flea markets have a special place in a city’s heart and Barcelona Encants Vells is the place to go for bargains and almost anything you can wish for. With over 600 years of history, the Encants Vells market in Barcelona is deeply rooted in the city and has evolved through the years.
In 2013, a major renovation was undertaken at the market. Since then, the old flea market has a new and shiny location. It’s more convenient for strollers and it has improved accessibility with ramps and elevators from the underground parking space to all levels.
If you are travelling with small kids, you’ll be glad to learn that there are changing tables availablee at the market toilets.
Market facts and numbers
The market official name is Fira de Bellcaire and is one of the oldest flea markets in Europe with its roots going back to the 14th century. Over 500 vendors work at this market that extends 15.000 square meters and receives around 100.000 shoppers each week.
Since its foundation, the market has changed several times its location. The last renovation, in 2013 took it to a whole new level. The space is now clean and well organized. Also, the amazing architecture, designed by Fermín Vázquez, added a mirrored zinc roof that reflects everyday life at the market.
What will you find at Encants Vells?
Well, just about anything. From old junk to cheap clothing, upcycled furniture pieces, second hand books, vintage jewellery and clothing, tools, design furniture, household appliances, old records… if you can name it you can find it.
To get the best deals go to the public auction held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 9 am. By being there early, you will get a real feel of the market and will surely beat the crowds.
If you are feeling hungry, there are several restaurants and bars where you can grab a bite without leaving the market premises. From tapas and montaditos to fish specialities, pizza, oriental flavours or brunch and torradas. There are plenty of options to get you going.
Encants Vells practical information
- Opening times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9:00h-20:00h
- Public auction: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 7:00h to 9:00
- Admission: Admission to the market is free of charge.
- Official website: http://www.encantsbcn.com/en
How to get to Encants Vells
Address: Avinguda Meridiana, 69, Barcelona
You will find Encants Vells market in Plaza de les Glòries. The market is close to the must-see Agbar tower and also Les Glories shopping centre. You can get there by public transport with tram or metro. Take metro red line (L1) to Glòries or purple line (L2) to Encants or Monumental.
If you are going by car, there’s parking space available right at the market