Madrid’s biggest flea market is held every Sunday in El Rastro in the southern district of Embajadores. It’s not just a tourist attraction, many Madrileños spend their Sunday’s mooching around the stalls of vintage clothes, antiques and weird and wonderful bits and bobs. Stopping intermittently for a beer and a plate of Tapas.
The guide books recommend you get the metro to La Latina, but I went all the way down Line 3 (yellow) to Embajadores and walked up the length of Calle de Ribera de Curtidores the main drag of the market, and once I had finished my ascent a good few hours later, I was a few minutes away from Puerta del Sol, the heart of Madrid.
El Rastro is REALLY busy and it takes a while to get through the crowds, so I’d really recommend diverting and going down the little side streets – where the hidden gems are – and then coming back to the main drag. Everyone told me to watch my bag, lots of pickpockets, but what busy market doesn’t attract pickpockets? I didn’t sense anybody trying to rob me, in fact, the whole atmosphere was totally the opposite, lots of people hanging out with their friends, rummaging through a load of tut, eating great food and drinking cold beer…. even the pickpockets.
Here are a selection of pictures of some of the great things on sale, if I were decorating a home in Madrid, I would definitely head to El Rastro.