From the 25th of September 2013, the traditional flea market of Barcelona known as the Mercat dels Encants Vells, will move to a much more modern emplacement, not far from the place where it has been set since it was born.
The origins of this fair are placed back in the XIV century, becoming therefore one of the oldest and most dynamic markets in Europe at the moment. In a surface of up to 15.000m2 and with about 500 different professionals selling all kind of stuff (specially second-hand and used items), the market appears in the touristic guides as a must for all those who like finding out genuine places and local customs.
After some years of construction works, the new market seems to be ready to host all the stalls that have been occupying part of public streets some days a week during centuries. From now on, the Old Encants will be placed in an ultra-modern construction established on the other site of the Glories Square and just next to the National Theatre. The project has been designed by the B720 architectonic studio and seems to fit perfectly into the design area that has been growing around the zone, where the Barcelona Design Hub has a very remarkable role too.
In the case you are planning a visit to the city after the 25th of September, you should try not to miss a visit to this futurist new market facility. All the Glories area and the 22@ district, near the beach, has beautiful modern buildings and plenty of entertainment options for your days in the city. If you would like to stay in this district during your days, you can search for apartments in Barcelona specifying these areas in the most complete holiday rental comparator in Internet: the Apartment District site.