This famous market is must-see. With everything from second hand knick-knacks to valuable antique collectibles, this bargain hunters paradise is the perfect place to spend your weekend break. The main street of the market has a bloody history, its name, Ribera de Curtidores, means Tanners Bank and it was where leather was made in the 17th century. It also has an interesting monument in the Plaza de Cascorro to a man called Eloy Gonzalo who went on a suicide mission on behalf of Spain in the battle of Cascorro in Cuba in the late 19th century. His statue was put up by King Alfonso in the early 20th century to commemorate his patriotic deed. The only photo of this local hero hangs in the little bar on the corner, it is also a good place to watch football while munching on squid rings or snails.
The market itself takes place every Sunday from 9am until 2pm. The earlier you go the less touristy. At 2pm it turns into an elbowing competition with so many people looking for a bargain. Wandering away from the main street is a good way to see more antiques and knick knacks that you can really haggle for. There is also some great second hand bookshops and a fantastic sandwich takeaway called El Capricho Extremeno where they have toppings of everything from octopus to typical Spanish jamon, afterwards you will feel ready for some more bargaining.
El Rastro takes place every Sunday from 9 a.m to 2 p.m and is accessible via metro
stops La Latina and Puerta de Toledo on line 5. Make sure you stay close so you do not miss out with a grat stay in hotels such as Hotel Puerta de Toledo
, Medium Cortezo
and Catalonia Plaza Mayor