The Encants Vells Flea Market

Encants Flea Market Barcelona as viewed from Av. Meridiana

Barcelona’s Encants Vells, also known as the Mercat de Bellcaire, is one of the oldest flea markets in Europe and dates back to the 14th Century.

In 2013 Els Encants relocated to a stunning new purpose built 3 story structure opposite the Agbar Tower.

The emblematic mirrored canopy houses 500 stalls; a mixture of junk shop, antiques fair, jumble sale and old school market all rolled into one.

Looking down on the lower level of the Encants.

Early morning in the Encants flea market

In addition to second hand books, ornaments, cameras, furniture and clothes, there are also stalls selling new clothes, furniture, decorative items, toois, hardware and electronics. Not to mention 2 bar/cafés, several small antique shops and a shop that sells electric bikes.

Antiques for sale in the Encants flea market

The merchandise on offer ranges from antiques….

Signas and underware for sail at the Mercat de Bellcaire, Barcelona

… to cheap “designer” underwear!

The 33,306 m2 canopy was designed by Fermin Väzquez and is without doubt one of the most impressive modern market buildings in Europe.

This excellent short time-lapse video from the market’s website shows how the canopy was built at ground level then raised into place by hoists incorporated into the steel pillars.

The combination of original architecture and hustle ‘n’ bustle, combined with the diversity of objects on offer and great views of the Agbar Tower make the Encants market an interesting place to visit.

Small items in plastc boxes

The Encants Vells or Mercat de Bellcaire, Barcelona

Location

The new Encants market is located at the intersection of Av. Meridiana and C/Castillejos on the site of what was previously El bosquet dels Encants, right next to La Plaça de les Glòries.

How to get there

Tram lines T4, T5 and T6 stop in front of the Encants flea market.
Metro line 1 (Red line) – station Glòries
Bus lines H12, V21, 7, 92 y 192
There is also an underground carpark.

Opening hours

Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 8pm.
Public auctions from 7:15am ´til 8:30 Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Closed Christmas day and bank holidays see website

The stunning mirrored canopy of the Encants fleamarket, viewed from the Disseny Hub Barcelona

The Encants Vells, Barcelona

Other Attractions Nearby

Agbar Tower
Disseny Hub Barcelona
Barcelona Music Museum
La Rambla de Poblenou
LÀuditori

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