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El Rastro

Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
34-91-5404010
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As featured in Madrid for free and 1 other guide
Ranked #19 of 104 shopping in Madrid
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Tourists and locals alike flock to this open air flea market, where the smart shopper can find some of the best bargains in the city.
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Having read about this street market we had to go.Take our advice don't bother.It was very busy and stretches a long way down the hill,but apart from some musicians at the top there is nothing interseting,no local products,in fact nothing that you would not see in amarket in England,apart from the football shirts.To think we could have gone to the... More

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Welshpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

El Rastro market is a fantastic way to spend a Sunday morning in Madrid. There are hundreds of stalls selling everything you can think of. The biggest flea market in Spain has to much for you to see and explore. It is very crowded and it's definitely a hot-spot for pickpockets so keep a close eye on your valuables.

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Malta
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

For me El Rastro is not just a Sunday Market, it's the while district. Apart from the stalls where you can find anything, the side streets are full of artisan fare. Pay attention to your valuables but police patrol the area constantly.

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Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

A brilliant market, where you could literally find anything your heart desires. We spent more than 2 hours exploring the various streets and discovering the wonders, but could have spent much longer, though you need to watch how much you spend! I imagined the market would be mainly junk and antiques with the odd gem, but instead discovered a trove... More

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This thing is a trip! Guard your valuables and take a long walk being jostled like a cord in a spring snow melt stream. All types of people to watch and normal to the bazar of things for sale. Take a bottle of water.

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Novorossiysk, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I tried to find this place using GPS-navigator and we got to the point, but ... it appeared to be only a starting point for strolling along endless counters and small streets! We found a lot of useful antique things, but spent at least 3 hours, as more and more people tried to find something interesting for them and the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Though it gets very crowded, El Rastro is a sight to behold and the little antique and furniture stores in the surrounding streets are definitely worth a visit. Watch your bags & pockets as it is extremely busy.

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

If you're out looking for souvenirs or knick-knacks to buy, don't go to the Rastro. Although it's a flea market, you don't go to market. Go to the Rastro for the ambiance, the carnival atmosphere. Listen to the music and watch the characters all over the place. Sit down beside the people selling things and have some wine with them... More

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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

There are a lot of mixed reviews of El Rastro on TA, but we could fit it into our schedule so I thought it was worth a shot. The bad reviews are definitely right, it’s full of junky stuffy or things you can find at any souvenir store, and prices not good enought to be worth the detour. Do yourself... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014 via mobile

you shouldnt miss what must be one of the greatest flea markets ever. it pretty much runs along the length of two streets branching out on some side streets. one of the stteets sells alot of uninteresting cheap stuff they sell anywhere else. but the other one besides some of the side streets sell many antique products which i found... More

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