At Barcelona's largest market, it's clear that a love of food equals a love of life. With over 300 stallholders passionately spruiking their wares, it is impossible to leave La Boqueria and still be hungry.
The entrance is designed to pack a punch, with an incredible array of colourful fruit and pyramids of candy providing an assault on the senses. At the heart of La Boqueria is the fish market, where some of the most colourful characters and vocal performances occur. Everything from tuna to turbot is available, and the fish are washed, weighed, placed in ice and put on sale right in front of your eyes.
This enormous food market has played a pivotal role in Barcelona's trade for centuries - the first mention of it dating back to 1217. But it wasn't until 1826 that it was recognised as an official market.
Set just off La Rambla, one of Barcelona's busiest streets, a visit to La Boqueira is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.