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El Rastro

Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
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As featured in Madrid for free and 1 other guide
Ranked #24 of 118 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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We love flea / antique markets, and having visited Turin, Athens, Hong Kong, Paris markets, I can say El Rastro is up there with the top. Beware that the market is split into areas, so if you only visit the main drag you will only see the clothes section. My fav was the antique part, which is left off the... More

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Qld, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Perhaps I visited too late in the day and/or visited the wrong section of the market (it's enormous!) but it was full of lots of stores of products that you see are markets everywhere else in the world, often repeated at a stall 3 stops down, and its jam-packed with people. Enough people that you can't move at all. I'd... More

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Cambridge, England
17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Lots of colour; great to look around and you can see it all in a couple of hours. Worth a visit if you have time, but not really essential. Some interesting stuff, but a lot of junk too.

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Valencia, España
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25 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

If you like markets, then this is one of the best things to do on a Sunday morning in Madrid. You can easily spend a couple of hours wandering through the streets. Admittedly, most of it is junk but that's not the point, it's just good fun. It can get pretty hot and crowded so it's a good idea to... More

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Reno, Nevada
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Named for the “trail of blood” left by dragging cattle from the slaughterhouse to the tannery district, El Rastro is now Madrid’s massive weekly open-air street market. We met our motivated young-adult daughters at the statue of the legendary soldier Eloy Gonzalo in the Plaza de Cascorro, the sentimental center of the marketplace. Thousands of market stalls lined Calle Ribera... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A very big Sunday market, selling all kinds of things. One can easily spend a few hours here. Got myself a scarf (no bargaining allowed even when I offered to buy more quantities) and some knitted table placemats (very Zara home lookalike). I noticed savings with bargaining were minimum here as compared to other flea markets around the world.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

We visited El Rastro at about 11:30am on Sunday and it was rammed. You couldn't move, and the stalls weren't selling anything particularly interesting. We ended up leaving half way down and going somewhere else. Not really sure it would be somewhere I'd recommend. Better off checking out the indoor markets around.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My daughter and I loved El Rastro. We bought cool pottery mugs with bright abstract designs, Lacey cotton shirts for 12 euro that would be $50 in US, and fun bracelets, necklaces, earrings along with a Panama hat to keep the hot sun off my face. I did a lot of my Christmas shopping here for my nieces. Leather belts,... More

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Trondheim, Norway
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We visited the market today with great expectations because of everything we had read about it. But the market was far less interesting than we had thought. Lots of stalls in the main street with more or less the same items.... The fleamarket was mostly in the neighboring streets to the right . We did not see anything interesting in... More

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Unless you are in dire need of a pair of tie-dyed harem pants or a knock off t-shirt don't bother visiting this market - it is absolutely dreadful. It is stall after stall of basically the same thing, cheap ugly clothes. There were a couple of stalls with some leather bags and maybe one or 2 stalls with pictures or... More

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