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“If you like Flea markets you will love it.”
Review of El Rastro

El Rastro
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Brighton, United Kingdom
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“If you like Flea markets you will love it.”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We love flea / antique markets, and having visited Turin, Athens, Hong Kong, Paris markets, I can say El Rastro is up there with the top.

Beware that the market is split into areas, so if you only visit the main drag you will only see the clothes section. My fav was the antique part, which is left off the main drag as you go down the hill. Some of the stuff shown are 100s of years old others are 10s of years, there is a real mix of trash and treasure, very interesting way to spend the day and money, and getting a unique souvenir from Madrid.

The market is still setting up at 10am, but it also means you miss most of the crowds, we got there at 10.30am when most of the stall were setup, the street were nearly empty, by 11.30am, the streets were pack, so go early if you want to miss the crowds.

We took the metro to La Latina, then it was a 1 min walk to the edge of the market.

There are many cafes, but most are the standup type, we could not find a public toilet, but as I mentioned lots of cafe to visit and use their toilets.

If you like markets this is for you if not then I would give it a miss.

What out for the pick pockets.

Visited July 2014
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Qld, Australia
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“Not a pleasant experience”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Perhaps I visited too late in the day and/or visited the wrong section of the market (it's enormous!) but it was full of lots of stores of products that you see are markets everywhere else in the world, often repeated at a stall 3 stops down, and its jam-packed with people. Enough people that you can't move at all. I'd read the warnings of pickpockets (typical of anywhere with lots of people and lots of tourists), but I have one more warning - beware the opportunistic groper. Not threatening or aggressive, but very much intentional.

Visited June 2014
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Cambridge, England
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“Massive market”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Lots of colour; great to look around and you can see it all in a couple of hours. Worth a visit if you have time, but not really essential. Some interesting stuff, but a lot of junk too.

Visited July 2014
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Valencia, España
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“An interesting Sunday activity”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

If you like markets, then this is one of the best things to do on a Sunday morning in Madrid. You can easily spend a couple of hours wandering through the streets. Admittedly, most of it is junk but that's not the point, it's just good fun. It can get pretty hot and crowded so it's a good idea to take some water and its essential to look after bags and wallets etc.

Visited July 2014
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Reno, Nevada
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“The Main Drag”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Named for the “trail of blood” left by dragging cattle from the slaughterhouse to the tannery district, El Rastro is now Madrid’s massive weekly open-air street market.

We met our motivated young-adult daughters at the statue of the legendary soldier Eloy Gonzalo in the Plaza de Cascorro, the sentimental center of the marketplace. Thousands of market stalls lined Calle Ribera de Cutidores and all of its side streets.

Vendors peddled everything from dull discount lingerie to magnificent military gas masks. I purchased a genuine goat skin wine bota bag at half the price of the tourist shops around Sol, and picked up a wrist watch for €5 that became a pocket watch a week later when the cheap plastic band snapped. In the Plaza General Vara del Rey, a card trader sold us a complete set of 18 Barcelona FC player cards for our soccer-loving nieces.

All shopped-out, we found a bar for beers, croquetas, and green olives. By local custom, we threw our paper napkins and olive pits on the floor, paid the bill, and dragged home our treasures, careful to avoid the illusory trail of blood.

Visited June 2014
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