El Rastro is probably the best known flea market in Madrid. On Sundays, its stalls of clothes, accessories and a miscellany of other items, flow down La Ribera de Curtidores and its side streets.
The name “El Rastro” means Trail and the reason for this is both intriguing and gory. This area was traditionally home to Madrid’s tanneries and this street was known for the trail of blood left behind as the animals were transported from slaughterhouse to tannery.
On a sunny October day, thoughts of its bloody history from far from my mind, however.
A great place for an early Sunday wander and a mooch amongst an array of old and new items, with plenty of places to stop for a coffee and a snack.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 21 October 2018
Posted as part of All Seasons