Foremost among Madrid’s street markets, El Rastro (translated as either “flea market” or “thieves’ market”) sprawls across a roughly triangular district of streets and plazas a few minutes’ walk south of Plaza Mayor. Its center is Plaza Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores. The market comes alive every Sunday morning and will delight anyone attracted to fascinating junk interspersed with antiques, bric-a-brac, paintings, and cheap scarves from India. Bargains can be had, but you’ll need to use your haggling skills. Don’t expect to find a piece that would light up the eyes of appraisers on TV antiques shows, but you could find something that you want to buy and someone else wants to sell. We often find good buys on flamenco CDs. Take care with your belongings, as pickpockets work the crowds.
Plaza Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores
Our Rating Hours Sun 7am–2:30pm Transportation Metro: La Latina. Bus: 3 or 17 Web site El Rastro
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