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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

If you're up and about early on a Sunday morning in Madrid then you could do worse than a stroll around the vast and sprawling El Rastro market. It's loud brash and uncompromising as it winds it's way around the hillside streets and lanes,but in all honesty much of it's offerings are the same,and it could be condensed into a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The largest flea market in Europe has 3500 vendors. So many options from clothes and jewelry to tapestries and leather bags. Great place to shop for a souvenir in Madrid.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I was a little wary about going to this, as the reviews warned of pick-pockets and junk for sale. But I really enjoyed it. Frankly, I wish I would have purchased more, especially souvineers. First - if you have cash, most vendors aren't charging tax - so immediately there is an 18% savings. I found some lovely jewelry, pottery and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is a huge street market held every Sunday in Madrid. Apparently there are around 3500 stalls, great atmosphere and fantastic bargains to be had, especially leather goods. Some typical tourist gifts, but some unusual things too, good fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

If you are in Madrid on a Sunday, you must pay a visit to this huge outdoor flea market - it is simply vast, meandering throughout the streets and you will find anything from antiques to clothes to trading cards. Even if you don't buy anything, it is a great experience and the stall holders are all trying to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This flea market is enormous. You have to get there quite early and good luck if you can see it all. I love all the shops that sell all the antiques. You can find alot of remarkable stuff in this plce.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

One of the best markets I've looked round. It initially looks like clothes, souvenirs etc but check out all the little side streets and alleys, as it spreads out in all directions. Some genuine antiques, some trash, some kitsch. We had brunch & beer and dived back in ! Great way to waste some money and half a Sunday !

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Address: Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34-91-5404010
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > La Latina

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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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