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Madrid Rastro Market Street

 
 

El Rastro lies within the triangle formed by the La Latina metro stop, Puerta de Toledo and Glorieta de Embajadores; being calle Ribera de Curtidores its central axis.

This market is a must-see for visitors, the streets of the entire area filled with stalls selling just about every imaginable sort of goods.

This area is known primarily for the flea market (purportedly the world's largest) held on Sundays and bank holidays from about 10AM to 3PM. El Rastro lies within the triangle formed by the La Latina metro stop, Puerta de Toledo and Glorieta de Embajadores; being calle Ribera de Curtidores its central axis.

This market is a must-see for visitors, the streets of the entire area filled with stalls selling just about every imaginable sort of goods. Even if you're not interested in buying anything, it's worth coming by to stroll around and feel what is still a very genuine market atmosphere, then, perhaps finish off your visit with a few tapas. We would caution the visitor to this area that not everything sold in the Rastro is a bargain, and particularly cheap items may have been stolen. Serious antiques trade has mostly moved off the streets and into the shops. Indeed, be careful of your own wallets and handbags in around the market, since the very crowded streets are a haven for pickpockets.

Please see also our  recommendations to travel safe in Madrid.

El Rastro may only take place on Sundays, but flea market spirit pervades this artsy, bohemian section of Madrid.

 
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