Before I went to Madrid my friend, who’d been there about a year ago, told me I had to go to El Rastro – the giant open air flea market that happens every Sunday. I’ll be honest I wondered if it would be worth checking out. See, I’m not much of a shopper, and I don’t really buy souvenirs when I travel. That said I went and I’m glad I took a couple hours to check out El Rastro. The market is huge, it’s a great place to people watch, and I’m pretty sure you could find almost anything you would need here (not guaranteeing you’d be able to take everything that bought from El Rastro back home with you though). Anyway here are some photos from the insanity of El Rastro in Madrid.
El Rastro takes place every Sunday (and holiday) from 9am to 3pm, and is between Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores. The closest Metro stations to the flea market are La Latina or Puerta de Toledo (Line 5 – basically get outside and find the crowds, it won’t be difficult). El Rastro is an open air flea market so you’ll need cash for purchases. Pickpocketing can be an issue with El Rastro (I was fine) so make sure you keep your valuables secure and hidden while you’re there. A general map of the area is below.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve spotted at a flea market?