Going for a walk to see “el Rastro” can be a good free plan for a Sunday morning.
It is located along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores, between Calle Embajadores and the Ronda de Toledo just south of La Latina metro station. So after the walk you can also expend some time having some drinks and food in La latina (that is a very popular place to expend Sundays morning/afternoons too)
You´ll be able to find a great variety of things, new and used, some of them very weird (if you are looking for something difficult to find or you enjoy second hand products, el Rastro is your place). Certain streets or areas in El Ratro are associated with particular wares as:
- Calle Fray Ceferino Gonzales is known as “calle de los Pájaros” (‘street of the birds’) as it was where peddlars and travelling sellers would sell domestic animals and birds and associated paraphernalia.
- Calle San Cayetano is also known as “calle de los Pintores” (‘street of the Painters’), as its permanent stalls sell paintings and drawings and art supplies.
- Stalls around calle Rodas and the Plaza de General Vara del Rey (formerly Plaza de Antonio Zozaya) and Plaza de Campillo del Mundo Nuevo specialise in buying and selling magazines, trading cards and stamps. A frequent sight in this area is young children swapping and trading with each other.
- Calle Carnero and calle Carlos Arniches are where bouquinistas sell old, rare and collectible books.
- The Plaza de Cascorro specialises in selling funky clothing and accessories.
- Calle Mira el Sol is for the movie buffs .
Be careful with your wallet, and enjoy the walk!!
- when – every Sunday Morning and public holidays from 9 am to 3 pm
- where – Plaza de Cascorro