El Rastro: The Most Popular Sunday Flea Market in Madrid

Born in the fifteenth century, El Rastro has been evolving and growing, while its existence has been regulated by the local government.

Today there is no travel guide about Madrid which doesn’t mention El Rastro, and its international reputation is comparable to other popular markets in several European cities like Waterlooplein in Amsterdam, the Portobello market in London or the Porta Portese in Rome. It’s most definitely the most popular Sunday flea market in Madrid.

So, if you spend a few days in the city, a visit to the El Rastro flea market in Madrid really is a must.

El Rastro: The Most Popular Sunday Flea Market in Madrid
El Rastro: The Most Popular Sunday Flea Market in Madrid

When & where is El Rastra held?

El Rastro takes place every Sunday and public holiday of the year, from 9 am to 3 pm, in the Embajadores neighbourhood.

A maximum of 3500 stalls cover the area from the Plaza de Cascorro, in the north, along the main thoroughfare of Ribera de Curtidores and adjoining streets to Calle Embajadores in the east and the Ronda de Toledo and Plaza del Campillo del Mundo Nuevo in the south.

Due to its size it can be reached from different metro stations: Line 3 (Embajadores, Lavapiés or Sol), Line 5 (La Latina, Puerta de Toledo or Acacias), Line 1 (Tirso de Molina or Sol) and Line 2 (Sol or Opera).

Why is El Rastra the most popular Sunday flea market in Madrid?

A different and heterogenic group of people meet here to have a look and find that bargain they can’t find anywhere else, it doesn’t matter if they’re hippie, punk, posh, old or young. In its stalls people can find a great variety of products, from second-hand clothing, antiques, crafts, books, records, furniture or even plugs. I think there’s nothing you can’t find at El Rastro.

In fact you will probably see things at this flea market in Madrid that you could have never imagined.

Navigating the different areas in El Rastra

Certain streets or areas within El Rastro are associated, either by tradition or by the gathering of specialist stalls, with particular wares.

– Calle Fray Ceferino Gonzales is known as “calle de los Pájaros” (‘street of the birds’) as it was where pedlars and travelling sellers used to sell domestic animals and birds. Since the municipal regulation of 2000 animals can only be sold in stores.

– Calle San Cayetano is also known as “calle de los Pintores” (‘street of the Painters’), as its permanent stalls sell paintings, drawings and art supplies.

– Calle Rodas, Plaza de General Vara del Rey and Plaza de Campillo del Mundo Nuevo specialise in buying and selling magazines, trading cards and stamps. Young children usually meet here to swap and trade cards with each other.

– Plaza del General Vara del Rey also offers a number of stalls selling clothes.

– Calle Carnero and calle Carlos Arniches are where you will find stalls selling old, rare and collectible books.

– Plaza de Cascorro specialises in selling funky clothing and accessories.

– Calle Mira el Sol sells films and related items from Andrei Tarkovsky to Almodobar.

– La Ronda de Toledo usually sells music and related items.

Food at the El Rastro flea market in Madrid

But one day in El Rastro is not complete without a stop to have some tapas.

In many of the bars and taverns in the neighbouring streets to El Rastro is possible to taste some of the specialties of Madrid’s gastronomy, accompanied by a glass of wine or a beer.

There are also very popular bars where you can have cheap bocadillos (sandwiches) such as the squid one (a Madrid’s specialty), but also others such chorizo, Spanish omelette, cheese, etc.

After this exhausting and popular day in the city you better be staying in one of the apartments in Madrid near El Rastro, because you’ll probably be loaded down with shopping!

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Popular Outdoor Activities in Las Vegas

 

Las Vegas is so much more than just a gambling capital. It is also a popular tourist destination that has a lot of attractions for tourists and visitors.

You can go on a bus tour of the city, visit Tussaud’s museum of wax figures, or see the Stratosphere observatory. Recreations of famous Ancient Egyptian monuments can be seen all over Las Vegas. Museums of all sorts are waiting for you. You can see the Hoover Dam. And, of course, you can experience the atmosphere of a big American city.

In fact, you can go to Las Vegas and have an amazing experience without ever setting foot in a casino. And you wouldn’t be missing much, either. After all, you can play gambling games on online sites like the betting site 22bet, whereas a lot of the special outdoor activities experiences offered by Las Vegas cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Not all people enjoy the bustle of a city – some go for the calmer and cleaner environment of the suburbs. For them, there is a whole other set of interesting attractions around the city. National Parks, nature sanctuaries, and monuments await you.

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All the different outdoor activities you can do in Las Vegas

Nature

Cathedral Rock

One of the more interesting places you can visit in Las Vegas is Cathedral Rock. It is a huge towering mountain, which will overawe you with its size and form. And if you come here at night, you will be able to see the stars through the pure mountain air. This will be a whole new experience for you. Stargazing is especially scenic here.

Valley of Fire

If you go to the Valley of Fire, you will find thousands of ancient petroglyphs there. You can spend countless hours strolling through the endless valley. Many try to find a glyph everyone else has missed. There are lots of interesting cliffs and rocks to climb, and everyone will find it exciting.

Mount Charleston

It is hard to believe, but in the winter the mountain tops get a lot of snow. Mount Charleston even has a small ski resort that you may also visit. You will get excellent views of the surrounding areas from the mountain.

Mojave Desert

Walking in Nevada’s arid desert is another pastime that is popular. Everyone who has been to Las Vegas has heard about it, and many people have done it as well. Prepare to get cold, since the desert gets much cooler at night, which is when most people visit it.

Red Rock Canyon

Hiking in the Red Rock Canyon is also interesting. Don’t miss this opportunity. Visit Red Rock in the day and the desert at night for a full experience.

Ranches

Bonnie Springs Ranch is a facsimile copy of an old Nevada city, and it lets visitors travel back in time. The place mimics an 1800s town, and it has everything correct, down to the smallest details.

Note for visitors: the Red Rock Hotel is there. It is the only hotel for miles around. If you want to stay for the night, this is the only place.

Spring Mountain Ranch

The Spring Mountain Ranch is another place you must visit. It has a yoga class held on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It involves the local goats, which take yoga to a new level. The curious goat kids come to investigate new people. They make regular yoga much more exciting.  You also get to play with them and feed them. Goat Yoga is a unique experience, and many visitors have warm memories of it.

Sports and Other Outdoor Activities

Spear-Chucking

Spear-chucking is a sport that visitors find very interesting. It is more than entertainment – it is a way to cool off and fight stress. If you have been feeling pent-up anger or stress, then go to the spear range and let off some steam. You may throw spears at a target for accuracy, or you may do it for distance too.

Bike Riding

Riding on bikes is no less popular than hiking in the desert. Many people come to this area for the ride and scenery, without visiting the city. There are long routes for bike rides in the area, and the extreme one is 100 miles long. But most go for the easier 40-mile ride instead. The 35-mile long route around Lake Mead is the best for new riders.

Horse Riding

Horse riding is popular, and people visit the Red Rock canyon, where the stables are located. The stables are home to many fine horses, and there are five different horse trails for you to ride on.