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Pedigree, vintage and bargaining in Lisbon's most important flea market: Portobello and El Rastro are its namesakes.

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Feira da Ladra

Historic market.

In London, you can dig for hours among the stalls in Portobello whereas Madrid's Rastro offers endless retro gems. Lisbon's flea market is the Feira da Ladra, held on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 to 18:00 at the Santa Clara field, in the Alfama district. Some claim it was so named (ladra = thief) because of stolen item trafficking it used to see. Today, however, you can find is endless gadgets of all kinds: from typically Portuguese tablecloth to watches worth of auctions to bizarre vases, old vinyl records and cassettes of fados and other Portuguese groups. If you are set on going, try to get up early because it works on a first-come-first-served basis and interesting items are gone in minutes. Finally, if not exactly a bazaar, haggle away with its vendors to get the best deal - that's what they'd expect.



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