El Rastro is the famous open market of Madrid. You can find souvenirs, clothes, books, bags and more in this busy market. It actually felt like the open markets in Istanbul while we were wandering around El Rastro.
El Rastro is Madrid largest and more famous flea market. Indeed, it's so famous the Spanish common word for flea market is "rastro" or "rastrillo". It is located on the very heart of Madrid, the most typical part of the city (the adjective for that in Spanish is "castizo").
Local people (like myself) love to gather around during Sunday afternoons, shopping or just eating tapas while chatting with some friends.
Every Sunday morning, tourists and locals alike flock towards El Rastro, Spain's largest and most popular open-air market. While some are in search of souvenirs or great bargains, many are there just to walk around and enjoy the busy atmosphere. Actually, "busy" is a bit of an understatement here as thousands of people take to the several streets located roughly between the La Latina and Puerta de Toledo metro stations, on both sides of the Calle de Ribera de Curtidores. You'll find a little bit of everything at the Rastro, from clothes and accessories to books and souvenirs. Peak hours are usually between 12:00 and 2:00 pm.
El Rastro market on Sunday morning is definately worth visiting! Good bargains on hand bags, shirts, ceramic tiles and all nic nac you possibly do not even need. But be aware that this is The Place where pick pockets operate due to large crowd. So keep on eye your belongings!
Held every Sunday (and a smaller market Monday to Saturday) along the Ribera de Curtidores is the weekly Flea Market in Madrid. A huge market and shopping fest. It seems as if the whole population of Madrid were there when I visited... V. Busy. Loads of stuff for sale from replica football shirts, jewellery, clothing and even furniture. Just off the Ribera de Curtidores is Plaza General Vara del Rey and it's here you'll find the true flea market; second hand clothes and general bric-a-brac.
El Ratro is a sunday morning Market in Madrid, dating back already from the middle ages. Its situated in the Calle Ribera Cortidores. Its situated in a typical local working class area and it just breathes out exactly that atmosphere, finding the locals chatting atthe stands, the women doing their gossips in the streets or just talking about trivia while watching their children not behaving mishievious, and the senoir citizens sitting at the steps recalling the good old days. At the market you find all sorts ofartefacts from old furniture to second handed clothings upto cd's or posters. You walk along the Saint Cayetano church and thwe royal Tabacfactory. Its a good way to spend yiou sundaymorning in Madrid and sniff up the atmosphere. Afterwards you can have some tapas in the afternoon ariound the La Latina barrio.
Sunday mornings spent rooting through El Rastro flea market are a necessary part of life in the La Capital. Antique bargains are becoming increasingly difficult to pick up here but the potential for interesting and original Spanish curios will be limited only by your airline baggage allowance.
Every Sunday morning is the time for the famous flea market of Madrid. Great for people watching and finding a good deal (or not) Mostly they sell clothes, bags, jewelry, arts and crafts, belts, cds, home decorations, plants, but there are also sections that sell paintings, pet accesories, hardware, and at the bottom near Puerta de Toledo lots of old stuff. At Tirso de molina is where you find all your Che T-Shirts, revolutionary, anarchist and communist materials, if you were looking for that....
If you dont like crowds go early (around 10) but if you were out late the night before, do like everyone else and show up around 12 or 1. It closes around 2.30/3.
AND WATCH YOUR PURSE/WALLET! This is THE place to get robbed with so many people around to distract you.
Then after the Rastro head over to La Latina for a lunch of tapas.
El Rastro is a huge flea market that takes place every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. It's crowded and fun, certainly a must-see for tourists.
The streets of a large area close to Puerta de Toledo are packed with stalls offering all types of goods like antiques, clothes, decoration items and fake cds and dvds.
I recommend to visit it to stroll around and enjoy the frenzy atmosphere of this street market. Watch out for pickpockets though.
El Rastro probably is the most famous flea market of the world; on Sunday morning, hundred of stalls install at Ribera de Curtidores Street and surroundings, and there you can find antiques, clothes, birds, frying pans, handcrafts, plants, bijouterie and pickpockets! The picture shows Rodas Street another day, because I did not took my camera to El Rastro.
El Rastro probablemente es el mercado de pulgas más famoso del mundo; los domingos de mañana, cientos de puestos se instalan sobre la calle Ribera de Curtidores y aledaños , y allí puedes encontrar antigüedades, ropa, pájaros, sartenes, artesanías, plantas, bijouterie y carteristas! La foto muestra la calle de Rodas un día en que no había mercado, ya que no me animé a llevar la cámara al Rastro.
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