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Street markets are an important part of the life of Madrid, and the Sunday market called El Rastro is the king of them all. It's easy to get to by Metro and you can spend a great day wandering the blocked-off streets, enjoying the many cafes, and ... 

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Trading Cards

January 2011

ROD C
Australia

Fans of all ages gather in a square at the market's edge to trade football cards. This little guy must have had some prized players; I saw the older gentleman handing over some serious cash. Well worth spending a few minutes to see these deals go down!

Tons of Locals

January 2011

ROD C
Australia

And that's always a good sign. Spending a few hours at the market is an important part of the week for many Spanish people, and you'll quickly see that tourists are far outnumbered by locals at El Rastro.

A Spanish Thing

January 2011

ROD C
Australia

The Spanish are just so good at art, even the simple act of putting this little oil painting on display seems to have been done with a curator's touch. You'll see that wherever you go in Madrid, but especially at the markets.

Market Day

January 2011

ROD C
Australia

Every Sunday is market day around these beautiful streets, some of which are home to antique stores that are open through the week as well. The crowds are huge: watch out for pickpockets!

Backpacks

January 2011

ROD C
Australia

You can sometimes find new and interesting designers at El Rastro. I didn't see these colourful backpacks in any stores, but they were selling like hot-cakes at the market.

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