The centuries old Rastro Market in Madrid is Spain’s most famous outdoor market. Whatever it is you are looking for you can find amongst the numerous stalls, the hustle and bustle of the hawkers and visitors and the numerous antique shops surrounding the area.
The origin of the name of the Rastro Market is an interesting one. Centuries ago the area was occupied by various tanneries close to the abbatoir, when the dead animals were dragged to from the abbatoir to the tanneries they left a trail of blood or a rastro, hence the name.
The Rastro occurs every Sunday and public holiday in the Embajadores neighbourhood between the Cascorro Square and Ribera de Curtidors. From early in the morning until three in the afternoon the 3.500 stall holders set out their wares inviting visitors to buy or find that elusive bargain. The Rastro has often been compared with famous markets like the Encants Market in Barcelona or Portobello in London, but to tell the truth it has its own special character.
At the Rastro Market in Madrid you can find a number of new and second hand articles, among them antique watches, perfumes, hand made jewellery, oil paintings, ceramics, comics, pet food, hammocks, plants, books both new and used, vintage clothing, musical instruments and many more things.
The best time to go is early in the morning, avoiding the crowds and getting in first on some great deals. After spending the morning wandering the market the best option is to stay in the neighbourhood enjoying some great tapas and beers and soaking up the atmosphere of Madrid.
Where: Calle Ribera de Curtidors and surrounds.
When: Sunday’s and Public Holidays 9am-3pm
Getting There: Metro L5, La Latina Station. L1 Embajadores Station