‘Encants Vells’ which literally translates to ‘Old Charms’, is one of the oldest flea markets in Europe and one of the most attended in Spain. It first opened in the 13th century, and in 2013 the market relocated to a brand new three-story mirrored structure opposite the Agbar Tower.
The 33,306 meter squared canopy was designed by architect Fermin Väzquez and is arguably one of the most impressive modern market buildings in Europe. Not only is it incredibly wide, it is also 24 meters high. The structure is full of mirrors that reflect the vibrant market. The mishmash of a modern structure homing a selection of old-fashioned trinkets, along with the gorgeous view of the Agbar Tower, makes this market an impressive display that should not be missed.
One of the main spectacles is the public auction that happens early in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Auctions are one of the best ways to snap up a rare item or an abandoned flat at an unbeatable price.
As well as the vast collection of bric-a-brac oddities, vintage wares and retro memorabilia, The Encants Vells also sell new clothes, furniture and electronics. You can find literally everything at this flea market. There are also several permanent antique stores, bar cafes and even a shop that sells electric bikes.
A trip to Barcelona is simply incomplete without spending at least a day browsing the magnificent selection of goods at The Encants Vells flea market. It receives around 100,000 visits per week – and we’re hardly surprised!
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