Antique porcelain and French faïence Terre de Fer lover
Frequently I travel to France, my neighbour country, which is always a wonderful experience, and many treasures are found! Some other have been found in Spain, my home country, mainly in El Rastro (Madrid), the most popular open air flea market in Spain. It is held every Sunday during the year and is located in historic center of Madrid, in the popular neighborhood of La Latina. This lively open-air market is over 400 years old with stands that sell everyday objects as well as unique and curious items.
Translated, the name means “the trail.” Ribera de Curtidores, El Rastro’s main thoroughfare, was once home to tanneries. Cattle hides were transported to the tanneries from the nearby slaughterhouses, which were formerly located on the banks of Madrid’s Manzanares River. The process left a trail of blood along the street which famously gave this area of town and the market that traces its old path their names. We promise you won’t slip in any cattle blood while you’re out treasure hunting at this giant market nowadays!
While the huge variety of wares and wearables is what attracts people to El Rastro, no trip to the market is complete without stopping into one of the nearby tapas bars! Grabbing a beer after a long morning of shopping is local tradition. Threre are lots of bars and visiting them is an integral part of the Rastro experience. The bars will be just as crowded as the market, but believe us, it’s worth it!