Barcelona Turisme
Google+ Pinterest Youtube Instagram facebook Twitter

Link to Barcelona Turisme main website. New window

Barcelona, for accessible tourism
What to visit Transports Other services Where to sleep FAQ Link to the video Easy Barcelona for accessible tourism. Opens new window

You are here: / All / Santa Caterina Market


Barcelona offers a wide range of interesting options all year round and opens its doors to everyone. Make the most of the sunshine to go for a stroll and take a dip in the sea on one of the city’s accessible beaches. Experience Gaudí’s nature with your hands, add a sign-language tour or an audiodescribed show to your plans… Do you need any more ideas? You’ll find them with the SEARCH FACILITY or on the SUMMARY for accessible places of interest!

Accessible visitor attraction search facility

Type of impairment

Santa Caterina Market

Mercat de Santa Caterina, Ciutat Vella

From the Barcelona Cathedral, an undulating, brightly coloured roof catches our eye. Attracted like insects to a colourful flower, we approach to discover a food market below the roof: the Santa Caterina Market. The original design of the building, as well as the treasure trove of produce displayed on its stalls, won't disappoint visitors to the neighbourhood of Santa Caterina.

The refurbishment of Barcelona's first covered food market by the architectural practice of Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue was completed in 2005. The old Santa Caterina food market revealed a gleaming, undulating and brightly coloured roof designed to be seen from the air. The roof is attached to the building by a wooden structure, and a vast mosaic of coloured ceramic pieces, representing fruit and vegetables, boldly breaks with the traditional look of a market. The market has always been characterised by a desire to innovate. Santa Caterina Market was built in 1845 to provide the neighbourhood's blue-collar community with foodstuffs.

The spacious, modern market building was constructed on the former site of the Convent of Santa Caterina, from which it takes its name. During the post-Civil War period, Santa Caterina became the main food supplier to the towns on the outskirts of Barcelona. People from Sant Adrià, Santa Coloma and Mataró came on the tram to buy food in this market in times of shortage. Today, the market is still worth a visit: the modern exterior ushers us into a traditional market with food stalls and restaurants which serve outstanding-quality produce.

General details


Address: Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 16 (08003). Barcelona
Phone: 933 195 740
Web site: www.mercatsantacaterina.com
E-mail: info@mercatsantacaterina.com
Opening time: Monday, from  7.30am to 2pm. Tuesday, Wenesday & Saturday,  from 7.30am to 3.30pm. Thursday & Friday, from 7.30am to 8.30pm.


Back to index

Accessibility details


The Santa Caterina Market has no architectural barriers and is wheelchair accessible.
It has a car park with a lift and a number of restaurants and cafés with table service. The market has ten wide, step-free entrances with glass sliding doors.

There is a very interesting archaeological site – the Espai Santa Caterina – at one end of the market (entrance from the Plaça Joan Capri) which is open to visitors. It is part of the MUHBA (Museu d'Història de Barcelona) network and admission is free.
Motor impairment
Parking: The underground car park has nine reserved, signed bays for wheelchair users. There is an adapted toilet on floor -1 next to the booth which provides the key to the toilet.
There is a lift to the car park at street level. It is located next to the main entrance to the market.

Entrance: The main entrance (Av. Francesc Cambó) has a double glass sliding door which is 200 cm wide.
There are very wide pavements outside the main façades in front of and behind the market. However, the streets at the sides have very narrow pavements.

Getting around inside the market: The interior of the market is easy to move around. The aisles are wide and the floor is tiled. There are seats along the side walls of the market where visitors can rest.

Toilet : There is an adapted toilet inside the market. When you come in from the main entrance it is at the end of the left-hand aisle.
The toilet has a fixed and fold-down grab bar. The washbasin has a single-lever mixer tap. There is space under the washbasin to provide wheelchair users with frontal access. The toilet also has baby-changing facilities. There is a charge for using the toilet.

Information point : The information point inside the market is at the end of the central aisle on the left and arranges home deliveries. You can go here with a till receipt from your purchases at the market and exchange it for the free use of the toilets or an hour’s free parking.

Last update: 12/05/2014

Back to index
Website map   Useful links   Acknowledgments