|A market has to have fresh produce|
|And fresh breads and pastries|
|And in Spain, gorgeous olives|
|Mushrooms, fresh and dried|
|Dried mushrooms, even by the bushel|
|More live seafood|
There were butcher stalls of beef and pork. Beautiful and expensive huge hanging hams. Candies, coffees, and yet more. A very magical place.
The website for the market is: http://www.boqueria.info
And interesting historical info was found at Wikipedia:
The first mention of the Boqueria market in Barcelona dates from 1217, when tables were installed near the old city gate to sell meat. From December 1470 onwards, a pig market was held at this site; at this time it was known as Mercat Bornet. Later, until 1794, it was known simply as Mercat de la Palla, or straw market. In the beginning, the market was not enclosed and had no official status, being regarded simply as an extension of the Placa Nova market, which extended to the Placa del Pi.
Later, the authorities decided to construct a separate market on La Rambla, housing mainly fishmongers and butchers. It was not until 1826 that the market was legally recognized, and a convention held in 1835 decided to build an official structure. Construction began on March 19, 1840 under the direction of the architect Mas Vila. The market officially opened in the same year, but the plans for the building were modified many times. The inauguration of the structure finally took place in 1853. A new fish market opened in 1911, and the metal roof that still exists today was constructed in 1914.