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El Rastro

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Address: Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34-91-5404010
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Tourists and locals alike flock to this open air flea market, where the...

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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I really enjoyed this market. It is what it is a flea market. So you had tut like you find in every market, second hand electrical items, household goods, watches, art, paintings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Harrow
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed this market. It is what it is a flea market. So you had tut like you find in every market, second hand electrical items, household goods, watches, art, paintings etc The sun was shining and it was a great place to go on a Sunday morning. Yes it does get busy, very busy so watch your bags... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very fun! Lots of great vendors. It is very easy to get to on the metro and worth the trip. I was told to arrive early but even when I did not and went later it was worth the trip. I have great memories of wonderful street musicians .

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Thank Greatfoodandwine
Lukow, Poland
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most "madrid" place i ve ever been too! Of course is full of tourists, but the way it exist is awesome. You can buy there some clothes, antiques, food, books, electronic stuff. Almost everything! I higly recommend you going there. But be careful with yours bags etc. ;)

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Thank Miczka
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We always love visiting markets during our travel to learn about the locals in every country we visited. If you like markets too, do not miss Madrid's largest open air flea market, El Rastro. It is also said to be the largest flea market in Europe stretching through several streets. It is held from 9am to 3pm in the historic... More 

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Thank Hasnah1962
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

You can find all sorts of items here; from clothes, toys, arts, antiques. You name it, they have it. Went there during december so winter wear is cheap! The place is really huge and do take your time walking through each section. Even though crowded, my family enjoyed our time there. Just wished we bought more things!

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Thank DGrayMan
Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

If you're in Madrid on a sunday, go there in the morning. Most vendors sell fake junk though. Some have nice local handicrafts etc. Most interesting are the art and antique vendors and shops around the area. Lots of people and a great experience to wander around. If you don't like crowds, stay away.

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Thank Henrikki T
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

A must see event if you are around on sunday morning. You meet the humble and simple madreliños that are interested and worried about rain rareness. A good ambient -:)

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Thank khalid m
Ra'anana, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

For those interested this is a real flea market and not your usual run of the mill tourist market hocking all kinds of useless touristy paraphernalia. El Rastro is very interesting and well worth a stroll around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

If you in Madrid and you love antique stuff you MUST visit this place, it's just crazy. You can find there real trasures.

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Thank Alisa S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

great market selling everything from second hand fur coats to construction wear. Some interesting 'antique' shops selling bric a brac to fine art. There is also great street food. Beware of pick pockets

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La Latina
La Latina is a charming neighborhood with two unique personalities. At first glance, it’s distinctly old-world, with narrow streets weaving a maze among charming stone buildings in sunny, bright colors like yellow and pink. The other side of La Latina is characterized by a young population and a bohemian vibe, as evidenced by a dynamic and evolving selection of new bars, shops, coworking spaces, and other businesses popping up in the area. In the northern part of the neighborhood, the Cava Alta and Cava Baja streets constitute the tapas center of Madrid, where each age-old restaurant serves up distinctive specialties like huevos rotos and patatas bravas. Locals have come here for generations to while away hours over drinks and tapas with friends. On Sundays and public holidays, the streets to the south of La Latina metro station transform into a giant open-air market full of locals sifting through tent after tent of art, apparel, and antiques. Any day of the week, the intriguing blend of the traditional and the hip make the streets of La Latina worth exploring.
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