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Since its founding, the market of Barceloneta has been indelibly marked by the seaside character of the neighborhood.
Metro: L4 (Yellow) - Barceloneta
Bus: 20, 39, 45, 59 & V15
The marketplace tradition of this neighborhood settled in the 18th century goes back to the initial arrival of the residents of La Ribera, who were ordered to cede their property for the construction of the Ciutadella area. This forced migration meant that the new neighborhood would need an open-air market, where the products that arrived by sea could be offloaded. This seagoing influence followed the market even after it was relocated to a new site, which opened up with a roof overhead in 1884 to replace the old market, making the Barceloneta Marketplace one of the city’s oldest treasures.
The neighborhood’s proximity to the port, as well as to the industrial zone in Poblenou, made it the target of many attacks during the Spanish Civil War. One of those attacks would actually end up destroying the entire roof of the market, which was rebuilt after the war was over. In 2005, the facility was again remodeled to better suit the needs of 21st century commerce. The renovation was overseen by Josep Miàs, a student of the architect who designed the Gaudíesque rooftop of the Santa Caterina Market. Today, the Barceloneta Market still boasts its original wrought iron metallic structure, newly restored to incorporate modern functional elements.
Since its renovation, the Barceloneta Market has served as a point of reference for the seaside neighborhood’s commercial, architectural, and culinary life. Proof of its popularity and importance is the opening of two very highly regarded restaurants built inside the market, and serving up delicious high-quality seafood. Another distinguishing factor is that this market was the first in the city to install photovoltaic solar panels on its roof, which altogether generate 30KW/h, representing about 40% of the electricity consumed by the market.
That is an incredíble market where you can find everything you need and with in the best quality. You can eat there since there are tables if you feel like it.