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El Rastro, Madrid

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Flea Market Shopping
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. To visit El Rastro on your holiday in Madrid, and find out what else Madrid has to offer, use our Madrid itinerary maker.
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  • Definitely a place to see if visiting Madrid on a Sunday. Like all good markets, there are plenty of locals getting their sundries here, as well as tourists looking for the memorable affordable souven...  more »
  • Only on Sundays! If you're visiting Madrid on a Sunday, make time to visit. Compares to the 51st Street Festival in Manhattan, NYC. However, larger in size and vendors! No haggling for prices was my e...  more »
  • This Sunday market has something for everyone....new clothing, artisanal accessories, inexpensive clothing and accessories, flea market, household goods and old things. It seems as if all of Madrid vi...  more »
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  • Bigger than most flea markets of Europe. But the content is repeating itself inside. Lots of vendors with the same stuff. But you can find some cool stuff if you really look deep enough. Nice bars, shops around the place. Only open on Sundays. Can get REALLY crowded. To the point where you cant walk. Go there early if you want to avoid it.
  • The place to be Sunday morning in Madrid. Buskers, gypsies selling bargains, mimes, antiques, vintage decoration... Plus there are many good (some after them a bit rundown) bars to have a quick bite to keep you going.
  • HUGE market. It's good to visit if you are a tourist for a day, but the stalls all sell the same things. I can't imagine coming here twice. It was so crowded that we couldn't really move.
  • Avoid this after noon on a nice Sunday. Entirely too crowded and there isn't great stuff for sale. Some lucky antique or unique finds, otherwise nothing special. Not worth the crowd and frustration.
  • Not really for tourists. Vendors will offer outrageous prices and aren't really interested in selling to you. Very crowded. Bring your own lunch. Enjoy the street musicians.

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The Spanish capital is known for its array of distinct neighborhoods each with its own appeal. An affordable and easy-to-navigate metro system, which makes it is easy to get around Madrid gives you more flexibility in choosing where to stay. Perhaps the most popular choice is Puerta del Sol, the heart of the city center and one of the main tourist attractions with its numerous shops, affordable hotels, and restaurants. Close by is Gran Via street, one of the city's main arteries, which is also home to a number of hotels. A short walk from here is Plaza España where the city's most iconic landmarks lie, including the Royal Palace and the Teatro Royal. For somthing outside the traditional tourist areas, consider staying in La Latina or Malasaña, two bohemian neighborhoods that offer a wide range of eclectic shops, quaint cafes, and lively bars.
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