Will you be in Madrid on a Sunday? If you are, then you must stop at the El Rastro market in the La Latina neighborhood of Madrid. The market runs every Sunday from 09:00 to 15:00, with merchant stands scattered all around the neighborhood. There is no starting or ending point, you simply get off at the La Latina metro stop and begin walking around. The merchants set up along the streets in what seems like an endless maze. There is a massive variety of things sold at El Rastro. You can find anything from beautiful tapestries, hand knit scarves and artwork to even school supplies and hardware tools. The merchant stands seem to go on forever! People spend hours shopping around El Rastro and enjoying the lively atmosphere that it creates in La Latina.
Even if you do not intend to buy anything, walking around the bustling market is enjoyable on its own. El Rastro helps create a “Sunday funday” in the La Latina neighborhood of Madrid as local shops and restaurants offer special deals on drinks and tapas to coincide with the market. You can take a tapa to go and walk through the market at your own pace. This is also a great opportunity to purchase some souvenirs that aren’t from the cliché tourist traps scattered around the city. It is important to remember that the merchants at El Rastro only accept cash!