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El Rastro, Madrid

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There’s something for everyone at El Rastro, an outdoor flea market where vendors offer new and used goods from knickknacks to furniture. There are even specialized areas, such as Calle Fray Ceferino Gonzales, or street of the birds, where domestic animals and birds are sold. Calle San Cayetano, street of the painters, sells paintings, drawings, and art supplies, and Calle Carnero offers old, rare, and collectible books. The site has been featured in several movies, books, and songs. Using our online itinerary creator, Madrid attractions like El Rastro can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • An hour or so to fill in on a Sunday in good weather? Then Yes, stroll among the many colourful stalls, a bit of everything and a nice relaxed atmosphere.
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  • Didn’t know what to expect but had it on our to do list and glad I visited. Tons of flea market street vendors and the area has a nice vibe but didn’t find anything spectacular of what vendors were se...  more »
  • We are from Malaga and are accustomed to a trail that has everything from food, clothes, things things for decoration, etc. Our surprise was to see lot of 2 ° hand quite high prices, a lot of people and many pickpockets clothing. It was a visit with high risk of theft for what could "be interested ' buy. '
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  • A huge market selling everything that you can imagine. The market had a lot of beautiful old antiquities.many of the antique shops on the streets will set up stalls outside there shops showing off some excellent pieces. I arrived at around 11am and it was getting very busy. I would suggest getting in early to avoid the crowds. You Could easily spend a few hours wondering about looking at everything. There are some hidden alleys which open up to amazing courtyards full of antique shops. Keep your eyes open.
  • Nice market place and you can spend a couple of hours. Start early around 9 as it really gets crowded later on and you have to find place to walk. Don't get overwhelmed by the variety of things you can buy. Most of the items are Chinese items. Specially antiques. You really have to be careful with the clothes purchase. Most of the cheap clothes are cheap in quality too. Its good if you want to buy some souvenirs.
  • We enjoyed the area with the antique shops the most. There was a lot of mass produced, cheap souvenirs, but the atmosphere was really nice all in all. There was a lot of people, but they weren't pushy. Everybody took their time to get around.
  • Nice flea market on Sunday. There are many antique shops around the flea market that you must try if interested. We purchased a lot of souvenirs from here. It was an eventful morning. Some of the stuff there is very unique but you will have to put effort finding them. A must visit if In Madrid on a Sunday.
  • Cheaply priced and cheaply made goods. The 'antique' booths often had the same things if you walked down a ways to another booth, so obviously not originals. It was crowded and a bit overwhelming for me and my husband. We love a good bargain but this was not for us. If you're only in Madrid a few days, I'd skip this and get your souvenirs from little shops which sell the same things.
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