Also known as “Feria de Bellcaire“, Los Encantes of Barcelona is the biggest and oldest flea market in Barcelona.
Late last year it was transferred to a new facility of 35,000 square meters located a few meters from the old site, including improvements in the previous equipment that, in a sense, took away some of the spirit and personality of old Els Encants.
The shops and stalls that were previously outdoors are now within a homogeneous format of prefabricated metal houses that they mount and dismount daily.
These stalls aren’t located by the type of goods they sell, with the exception of those selling antiques, which are at a higher level.
The traditional auction held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 7 am is now being held from 8 to 9’30am the same days, in euros (previously done on “duros”, equivalent to 5 pesetas) and with a new auctioneer.
Some people think that Els Encants’ bars and restaurants have lost their “authenticity”; before they were full of people yelling their order.
Now these places have a fake trendy look but they have improved their service.
Els Encants also incorporate a multidisciplinary room at the Central Square that will host conferences, exhibitions, performances, auctions, and speeches, and it opened with a sample of photos from the old site.
Also, access to the location has been improved with lifts, ramps, and escalators. One of the positive aspects of this change has been the implementation of recycling of the garbage generated by the market and the addition of security cameras 24 hours a day.