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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 #23 of 121 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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Swanley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

El Rastro market has to be one of the biggest I've been too. Its on a Sunday morning and just a short walk from Plaza Mayor. A big tip would be to get there early and avoid taking backpacks. We had no trouble at all but we were sensible with our belongings! There is something for everyone and there is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

If you are in Madrid on Sunday, pay a visit to El Rastro Street Market. It's an amazing market, a classic place where people from everywhere in Spain comes to sell an buy. Streets are crowded and busy, but walking through the market is fun and interesting. If you like street markets, as I do, this is the ideal place... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

It's a huge flea market with stands of clothes, trinkets, potential souvenirs, and more. There's a lot of people that come to see it and I felt immersed in the culture of Madrid. On top of that, lots of cheap items. Just be extremely careful of pick pocketers - don't leave things in your pockets! This is only an event... More

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Arendal, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

A friend of mine bought that necklace in Salamanca, Spain, at their Sunday morning “Rastro”, and I'm looking for the same for my girlfriend. Is there anybody can you help?

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

From Plaza Mayor you will see the crouds streaming to El Rastro. When we visited (around 10) the crouds were enormous. On the main streed (Embajadores) you'll find mainly the usual tourist stuff you'll find all over the world, cheap stuff made in People's Republic of China. But on the small side streets you'll find the flee market of old.... More

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New york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The best time to start would be sometimes around 9 am on every Sundays. It will become so crowded that you must be carful for thieves that are mostly attacking you from behind. Try to put your bag pack on your chest rather ok your back as this guys are pro and can empty out your bag without you noticing... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Just visited El Rastro and rather than flea market it should be considered a junk sale. As others indicated, it's packed with locals and potentially an interesting way to spend a Sunday morning, but I wish I had not gone.

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Abbeville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

visited this flea market when I was in Madrid. found interesting jewelry and handbags but it's fairly tightly packed full of stalls and people. The locals shop here and it is worth a look-see

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Somerset
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you are into flea markets this is the one to visit in Madrid. It seems like everyone in the city descends on the narrow streets in this part of town on a Sunday morning. Lots of junk onsale as well as more interesting objets d'art BUT be prepared for crowds and if visiting in the summer prepare yourself for... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Happened to be in madrid on a Sunday, so I decided to check this market out. I must say there was just a lot of junk, that seemed to keep repeating itself over and over. Don't get me wrong if your in madrid on a Sunday, with everything else being closed it is worth checking out and killing some time... More

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