Market plays a central part in the economic life of state as portrayed by El Rastro. As with Notting Hills’ Portobello market in London and Porte de Clignacourt in Paris, Rastro Market functions the same in Madrid. Situated in Plaza de cascorro and Rivera de Curtidores Street, this can be reached by ride on nearby Metro Stations like La Latina and Puerta Toledo (Line 5), Tirso de Molina (Line 1) or Embajadores (Line 3).
The name means “the trail in Spanish, which is based on the slaughterhouse located here where cattle left a trail of blood in the street.
El Rastro opens every Sundays and public holidays, from 8 AM to 3 PM, but antique shops here (popularly known as ‘Almonedas’) are open every day. Buy and sell practices are also common market activities.
In both sides of Ribera de Curtidores Street are boutiques where you can buy cheap clothings that include boots, bags, among others. Souvenirs of the city are also available.
Also an attraction of the place is a camera store named Fotocasion, which also has branches along Carlos Arniches Street, where second- hand cameras and related products are offered.
This complements the stalls in the southernmost part of the market where old magazines and related items are sold and images of historical part of the city and the country displayed. Other parts worth visiting for are Mira El Sol Street where old movies can be bought, pet center in Fray Caferino Gonzales Street, Plaza de Coscorro (heavy and rock clothing) and the bulwark of Bohemian painters- San Cayetano Street.
An El Rastro Market experience is one more of fulfilment than an economic one. With a festive atmosphere encouraging interaction in all parts, Madrilenians further punctuated gathering by drinking “cana de cerveza” or a small glass of beer.
Madrilenians wear the traditional dresses, especially the black and white checked cap, complementing that of native delicacies as “barquillos” and other foods like Iberian ham, anchovies, among others.