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El Rastro: Madrid's most emblematic flea market

November 04, 2021

El Rastro is a flea market where you can find clothes, books, antiques, vintage items, collectables, toys and handicrafts, among many other things. A treasure trove with many second-hand items, which you can explore every Sunday and public holiday throughout the year in Plaza de Cascorro, extending for a whole block along the streets of Toledo, Embajadores and Ronda de Toledo. Vendors usually set up their stalls around 9 a.m. and remove them by 3 p.m.

Its history dates back to 1740, when it was a market for trading, selling and dealing. Today, El Rastro is one of the most emblematic places in Europe. You will come across some curious tourists, but mostly locals. Due to its central location, the closest underground stops are La Latina, Embajadores, Tirso de Molina and Puerta de Toledo. 

No time on Sundays? No problem! You can also enjoy a special edition of El Rastro on the first and third Saturday of every month. Dozens of establishments set up an alternative market from 10 a.m. on Mira el Río Baja Street. Although it's not quite the same, you can enjoy a smaller version of the flea market packed with culture, food, antiques and entertainment. 

Recently, following the pandemic, all stalls have reopened as usual, although for the time being, the use of facemasks is required. We recommend checking the official website before you go to keep abreast of all the latest news. 

Finally, remember that our fully equipped apartments are less than a 20-minute walk from El Rastro, making Gran View Apartments the perfect option to enjoy all the comforts while you explore Madrid. 

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