Walking along Barcelona’s famous tree-lined pedestrian walkway that is ‘La Rambla‘, we found ourselves passing one of the highlights of Barcelona’s busiest street – La Boqueria Market. A popular stopping place for tourists from across the world, this fresh food market with its 100-year old metal roof called to our market-loving curiosity and so we decided to duck-and-weave between the guided tours and venders of lottery tickets to take a peek inside.

Once inside, we instantly lost interest with the market itself as what you’ll find out on your own travels to Barcelona; it’s a little bit touristy. So much so that rather than taking pictures and enjoying the food on offer around us, our camera firmly stayed by our side as we meandered around the stalls selling exactly the same foods and snacks as the next stall and the stall following on from that.

Just Another Tourist Attraction

Unfortunately it just wasn’t right for us, it felt far too sterile and all of the calling from the vendors felt far too rehearsed and spoken as if ‘going through the motions‘, which might surprise some who’ve seen these fantastic travel photos by Dominic and Helen of ShootingPeas.com.

By a quick glance at each others faces we both knew what the other was thinking and we both nodded agreement without saying a word that it’d was best to leave La Boqueria Market by any route possible. By some utter luck we found our way out the back entrance where men were wheeling their stock of candied fruits and fresh vegetables in and out of the market door, and what we found out that exit was a travelling couple’s street art dream.

A grocery van behind La Boqueria Market covered in street art graffiti - The Hidden Street Art of La Boqueria Market, Barcelona

Hidden Street Art

Behind La Boqueria Market is a hidden collection of street art and graffiti that we’d not heard mentioned by any of our Barcelona based friends or other street art-loving travellers that we frequently talk with on our Twitter profile.

As more men parked up their freshly stocked vans of fruit and veg for sale at the market, wheeling them back and forth and stacked taller than themselves, we couldn’t help but move amongst them all to take some pictures of the street art and graffiti sprayed across each and every van parked behind the market.

A man moves his trolley by a street art covered van - The Hidden Street Art of La Boqueria Market, Barcelona

Illegal Or Planned?

It was really hard to determine if the street art on the vans was illegally painted or commissioned by La Boqueria to draw more attention to the market itself due to the high quantity of graffiti on show. Surely not all of these were done in broad daylight?

It seemed to us that the vans must only be parked behind the market during the daytime rather than the night, and seeing as just how busy the market is during the day with all of the camera toting tourists that pass underneath the covered roof of the market on La Rambla, it’d be pretty hard to paint them in the day without someone seeing.

Factoring in that, the fact that Barcelona has one of Europe’s largest street art scenes, and also that some of the graffiti murals were of fruit and vegetables; it seems pretty obvious to us that there must have been some cooperation with the local street art community and the market.

Comically spray painted graffiti on one van - The Hidden Street Art of La Boqueria Market, Barcelona

A Mixture Of Street Art Themes

Not every side of each van has cartoon-like fruit and veg sprayed on them, in fact, some are fairly typical graffiti murals and street art pieces, but each and every one of them in this open air street art gallery we both absolutely loved and couldn’t stop taking pictures of. Hopefully there’s a few here that you’ll love and want to hunt behind La Boqueria Market for yourselves the next time you’re travelling or taking a holiday in Barcelona.

Looking between two street art covered vans - The Hidden Street Art of La Boqueria Market, Barcelona
One classical painted street art van - The Hidden Street Art of La Boqueria Market, Barcelona
A street art piece - The Hidden Street Art of La Boqueria Market, Barcelona
One van with a graffiti mural on one side - The Hidden Street Art of La Boqueria Market, Barcelona
A market van with Puerto Latino spray painted on one side - The Hidden Street Art of La Boqueria Market, Barcelona

Have you seen the street art hidden behind La Boqueria before?