El Rastro de Madrid
An appealing option for a sunny Sunday morning. Round off your purchases with cold beers on one of the nearby terraces.
A pleasant Sunday crowd.
The La Latina neighbourhood takes on a whole new look on Sunday mornings. From first thing, hundreds of stalls are set up along the plaza del Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores. The stallholders don't waste much time; shortly, this entire area and its intersecting avenue right up to the Ronda de Toledo will be packed out with a friendly crowd. This flea market has been operating since around 1740. It knew success right from the start, but now for many years it has become of the city's main attractions. As you walk, you'll come across stalls selling all sorts, but the fun doesn't end there. The surrounding bars and terraces heave with people, creating a great atmosphere and transforming the La Latina neighbourhood every Sunday into a hive of activity, with people thronging to buy beers and tapas to bring El Rastro to a close. Watching the sunset as you savour a beer in one of these streets is one of Madrid's sheer delights.
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