The return of a 135-year-old market is part of a citywide plan to revive local communities, but some worry the tourist hordes will soon arrive

Thousands of residents of the traditionally working class Barcelona neighbourhood of Sant Antoni thronged their local market this week as it reopened after a nine-year, €80m (£70.1m) refit. The celebrations continue over the weekend with live music, dancers from China and Bangladesh and poetry readings.

“It doesn’t surprise me that so many people came on the opening day,” says Pere Escofet, standing at his brand new cheese and charcuterie stall. “This market is very symbolic and there was a lot of expectation.”

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