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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
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping
Description: 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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Go to El Rastro on Sunday morning and visit one of the largest flee markets in Europe. Don't go to late. After 11:00am it gets so crowded you can walk over the heads of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Bottom line: only if you're REALLY into flea markets. It's huge, and the atmosphere is vibrant. But you've seen one - you've seen 'em all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

All those antiques really blew our mind but we couldn't buy any of it as we don't have check in luggage to place them. Nonetheless the best experience ever. You can get anything you want and make sure you at least try to bargain, they could be really generous!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The market has things that you may find anywhere but the atmosphere is great, if you're visiting Madrid, this is a good place to spend few hours.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Way down the list of attractions and easy to see why. Hundreds of stalls selling worthless tat poured over by thousands of tourist all seemingly looking for that magical Spanish experience that's just not there. You could be anywhere if it wasn't for the number of stalls selling cheap and tacky plastic flamenco and bullfighting souvenirs or rows of menacing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

El Rastro market is pretty interesting if you like markets in general, but don't compare it to London's Portobello Road in Notting Hill unless you are prepared to be disappointed. The market is worth visiting because you might find a bargain. Beware of pickpockets who are on the lookout for opportunities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The place was very busy so you have to watch your wallet. However, it is huge and the prices are good with a lot of selection.

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Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Largest flea market we have ever seen, 3,500 stalls. Most of it is nothing special, but as a foreign tourist it's interesting. Walk from Plaza Mayor south and in a few blocks it begins. In a southern direction it's a downhill stroll. Every side street has more stalls. We chose to cab back to the center.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is an excellent market! It covers many streets, it's a vibrant market although the prices are not necessarily bargains. I walked away from the main road and went up and down side roads which were themed, ie Artists showing their work, art galleries (small and local) , Antique shops etc. I genuinely wished I had a way of getting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Go to El Rastro on Sunday morning and visit one of the largest flee markets in Europe. Don't go to late. After 11:00am it gets so crowded you can walk over the heads of the public. Don't expect very unique sales. Most you will find on any flee market, but there are some very nice pearls as well.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I wanted to go here mainly because I had been to the street markets in Portugal and always found them to have good items at good prices (nice and cheap LOL) This market was average. Half has vendors with NEW products/goods and the other half is the flea market. The main area though is all the new vendors. I got... More 

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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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