El Rastro Flea Market

El Rastro Flea Market

El Rastro is an outdoor market that takes place every Sunday morning, where originally used objects, and antiques are sold.

It’s been going for more than 250 years, as the usual market  for the sale, exchange and dealing of used objects.  Today it has both, new and used, but always, the opportunity of negotiation, like in the old times.

T-Shirt stall at El Rastro.
T-Shirt stall at El Rastro.

It started on the streets around the old slaughterhouse of the city, and from there its name “Rastro”, which meant on the XVI century, butcher’s shop.

Hare Krishna sometimes can be seen in a procesion.
Hare Krishna sometimes can be seen in a procesion.

Since the year 2000, El Rastro has a municipal regulation which allows the City Council to control the number of stalls, their size, what can be sold on them, and the streets where they can place the stands.

Antiques placed in disarray typical of El Rastro
Antiques placed in disarray typical of El Rastro

In the seventies there was an important increase of activity in El Rastro, and in 1998, the Madrid City Council begun to reduce, and control the spread of stands throughout the nearby streets.

 The artisan sells his creations directly.
The artisan sells his creations directly, the old way.

According to the Madrid municipal regulations governing the activity of stands located in the street, El Rastro takes place every Sunday and public holidays between 9:00 and 15:00.

Musicians, a little away from the crowd
Musicians, a little away from the crowd
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