September has arrived and with it one of the best times of year to enjoy a holiday. Although for many, it is the month to return to work, the fact is that with the arrival of September many cities come back to life again, and the city of Madrid does so in a special way.
Visiting Madrid in summer is an ideal option however the high temperatures will stop you from enjoying it in all its glory, including iconic places like the Rastro de Madrid (Madrid’s flea market). Are you travelling to the capital of Spain and spending a few days in one of Petit Palace’s hotels in Madrid? Well, our advice is that you pick up pen and paper because in September you will see the flea market like never before.
Not only is it one of the most beautiful flea markets in Spain, but also one of the most special. Situated in the heart of Madrid, in the colourful neighbourhood of La Latina, very close to the Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, and with over 400 years of history, the “Rastro” brings all kinds of people together, from diverse social classes, and items and objects that you didn’t know existed. All of this in a unique setting and an atmosphere that will truly amaze you.
Take advantage of the weekend and escape to Madrid because the flea market is held every Sunday (and some bank holidays). Are you looking for second-hand clothes or vintage frames for your pictures? Head to the flea market, but on the way, don’t miss the stalls with strange objects, because we are sure that you will be taking more than one photo to share with friends and families.
Hundreds of stalls fill the street of Ribera de Curtidores (this street will be your meeting point) with signs, claims, advertising and even its music. The best of all is that on every parallel street you will find parallel flea markets specialized in particular subjects.
On the Street Fray Ceferino González you will find merchandise from some of the most famous bird shops, while in San Cayetano you will find everything you need to paint and draw. If you collect all magazines, trading cards or very specialized items, you should focus on Rodas Street, General Vara del Rey Square and Campillo del Mundo Nuevo Street. In fact, many know these streets as the “geeks area” (our recommendation is that you do not miss it, as there are many interesting things to see!)
What could be the finishing touch to an hour walk along the flea market? Once you finish the tour around Carnero Street and Carlos Arniches Street, sit in one of the many terraces available at La Latina and try some of its delicacies, while you glance through those unique books that you just bought or the vintage bracelet that will be everyone’s envy.