Last month, I was lucky enough to head to Barcelona for a two night stay (which I won thanks to an awesome blogging competition). While there, I headed to the Els Encants open-air flea market at the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes (Glòries), and fell in love with the maze-like junkyard of vintage, antique, and forgotten goods. Mountains of treasures and rubbish, rickety furniture and once-loved toys. Flea markets are always great places to explore and uncover secret histories, and I had a great time wandering around and trying to spot the strangest items on offer – like the box of naked Barbie dolls amongst mismatched shoes .
The market itself is a large, multi-tiered space with a glistening roof of metallic tiles. I loved the effect of these tiles reflecting the bustling crowds below, and found them almost as interesting as the market! I also loved the opportunity for people-watching; some of the vendors seemed to almost blend in with the wares around them, smoking and scowling with gruff faces at the crowds as they perched on antique chairs next to blankets laden with the strangest mixture of goods imaginable, or haggling rudely with determined-looking customers over the price of some moth-eaten lamp. It all offered dozens of perfect photo opportunities!
It’s a fantastic experience, and I’d recommend the flea market at Glòries to anyone visiting Barcelona, for something a bit different from the glossy malls or bustling La Rambla.