Callella has a small indoor market – Mercado de San Jaime, designed by architect Jeroni Martorell and built in 1927. In contrast with Barcelona’s big city markets (La Boqueria, Mercat Galvany, etc.) this one is quite tiny.
Inside the front door, there are two fruit and vegetables stalls, David i Christina on the left
and Cal Xoi on the right – both selling top quality local fare.
Next to David i Christina is Fem Salat, selling olives, salt cod and many prepared bacalao dishes, such as bacallà amb xamfaina (salt cod with ratatouille), bacallà a la llauna, bacallà gratinat amb all i oli (salt cod au gratin with allioli), bunyols de bacallà (salt cod fish balls), etc.
Suitably, the stall along side Fem Salat, is a fresh fish stall – Peixateria Cento i Sonia.
The fish here is sourced daily from the local port of Arenys de Mar.
At the back of the market, there’s a fantastic bar – El Nou Bar del Mercat: La Tasca de la Vasca.
On Saturday mornings, Calella has a weekly market in the car park next to the market house, which you can see in the background.
There were oranges everywhere.
Unsurprising, since Spain is a big orange growing country.
Note the price here – 5 kilos for €3!
Walnuts were also in abundance,
along with pomegranates – only €0.35 per Kg!
Kakis were similarly cheap.
All types of vegetable are available – most being locally grown, including what would be considered late spring and summer varieties in the UK.
Most vegetables like peppers
and tomatoes are imported from Spain by British supermarkets during the winter.
I saw tomatoes and peppers growing on an allotment last week, so even Cataluña in the north has enough sun for two vegetable growing seasons.
Calçots are a particular Catalan delicacy – they are a forced spring onion, created in Valls, and cooked by blackening over a fire of vine branches. Calçots should be served with Romesco Sauce or Salbitxada.
Here the vendor obligingly held up two green cauliflowers for a customer just as I raised my camera – note the fantastic large garlic next to the lemons.
These baby artichokes looked perfect for deep frying in batter
Vegetables are not the only thing on offer here – this charcuterie stall had all sorts of cured meat, sausages, bacalao, cheese, olives and hand cut jamón iberico.
The cheeses look to be a complete bargain at about a third less than deli and supermarket prices.
The market isn’t solely for food – I came across quite a large stall selling pots and pans.
There were also a few people selling clothes and in particular red knickers! Calella’s wealth comes from textiles and there are many shops in town selling moda íntima (intimate fashion).
This apothecary stall sells cures for everything,
including diabetes and cholesterol!
As I mentioned before, the outdoor market is Saturday mornings only, at 2pm they start to pack up and by 2.30 it’s all gone.
The indoor market is open Tuesday to Friday 07.00 – 14.00 and 16.30 – 20.00. Saturdays 06.00 – 16.00.