The flavor of a old market and modern facilities are called to decentralize tourism in Barcelona.
The three young Americans gaping walk among the stalls of Encants. The eyes of the twenties in New York, Boston, and a small town in Oregon become magnified among promotional exaggerated cries of vendors, lots of antiques scattered on the ground, cover mirrors reflecting his astonishment … “No, I never saw anything like it-Sydney match, Meghan and Katie in the United States can find the free markets, where people go to sell their things, which is no longer missing … or maybe some farmers fairs . But I never saw anything like it so big, so organized and on top in such a modern building, so … so … European. “”And so alive.” “Yes, the place gives off a lot of energy.”
Shy but significantly foreigners, tourists, show themselves increasingly by new Encants, at least much more than they did on the old site. The City wants all the Glories serve to decentralize tourism in the city. “The increasingly touristy come mainly to watch and take pictures explains José Manuel Jiménez with his daughter. They are one of the families of the fastest-Encants … Before, the old, very few came, and always very scared, either clinging to their backpacks, fearful that robbed them at any time … Now are shocked, shocked, and get to photograph everything, people, vendors, building … Come two Moroccan discussing the price of a lot and marvel. But it takes a lot into the game, and what they say buy buy very little. “
The three Americans are part of a group of twenty students from IES Abroad Language, a center that organizes about three months stay in Barcelona. This is an exercise class. Gifts must be made between them. But the budget is two euros per gift, so that they are forced to haggle with the stallholders, to talk with them.
“Markets are everywhere explains Professor Ana Zaragoza, but the dimensions, modernity, the organization and especially the lives of Encants impress them a lot. Everyone knows the typical places of Barcelona, Rambla, Park Güell the Sagrada Família, but Encants provide them the opportunity to see the locals in their everyday lives, in their real life, and this makes them live a cultural experience that much appreciated. “The Councillor of Commerce, Raimond Blasi, explains that the new equipment is one of the pieces called reduce tourist pressure on the city center. Now they are taking the first steps to promote it. With caution. Nobody wants to die of success, no one wants the locals end up being a minority among other typical posts and corner of the city becoming an impersonal finish Laminated park, repeatable in any other big city.
All Glories area is increasing. The offer is completed by the Dhub, the Agbar Tower, the Auditorium, the National Theatre, Can Framis, the Glories shopping center … The problem are the drawbacks of works. Tour operators grouped in the Catalan employers Acave that it is still early to come up with new tours and packages, the works raise much uncertainty. Meanwhile the Encants be the typical recommended to do for free, add check. “We do not have statistics on the presence of tourists in the Encants, although we know that is increasing Blasi explains. Understand the new market can serve to decentralize tourism in Barcelona and will promote for it, but carefully. The encants can not lose their essence, are designed so that the locals buy and sell. “
” Tourists expect as the water May Pintorofiu explained in one of the most legendary shopping Encants . Van coming, slowly growing … What happens is that virtually opened in October and the new tourist season is yet to start . yet, at Christmas they noticed much , finding a different gift . “
The story illustrates the transformation Pintorofiu Encants . The Pintorofiu was one of the most famous old market stallholders . It was not called that. Are you a painter , artist , genius , figure … He personified what sold : a refrigerator , a chest or head stuffed boar. His articles were unique . Also insisted on talking all words ending in ofiu.Dalí could frequented the store. Once Gala became infatuated with a snake skin . Dalí was already enshrined . The Pintorofiu wanted to give a good price and was offended when Dalí began to dribble . Then all proud, Gala told him I caressed skin … And then it was Dali who was offended . The artist took a paper and drew a picture . And Pintorofiu folded twice and put it in the portfolio. No more was heard of that Dalí. Nobody knows what happened to that drawing. Now the position of Pintorofiu , hand their heirs, the original store is handmade gifts, sunglasses wooden frame , antique photo books , laminated hand drawn …
“Barcelona-say we love Cintia and Claudio, a bolognese partner while snooping shelves. Encants And being a surprise. The hotel was recommended. Had never seen a market with such high ceilings.”
Webs and Barcelona Tourism brochures include it for months among the attractions of the city. The tourist bus stops and next to Encants. Soon, very near a tourist information office will open. The hotel receptionists recommend visiting. Foreign journals compare it to the Flea Market Paris and Camden Town