Madridīs most traditional items can be bought, sold and enjoyed in the plaza de Cascorro and its surrounding streets. A mixture of modernity and traditionalism, Madrid's world-renowned flea market sets up for business around the Plaza de Cascorro. Dating back to mediaeval times, El Rastro is one of the oldest markets in Europe, yet also one of the most modern. Throngs of sellers and buyers, natives and tourists, have made El Rastro one of the most popular places in the city, a must-see in all guide books. In order to get the full experience, it is best to wander up and down its streets, to get lost in the crowds, to practice the art of haggling and to soak up the atmosphere.
This is one of the key symbols of Madrid. A visit to the Rastro flea market is a must for any visitor's first Sunday in Madrid, and a usual strolling ground for Madrileņos on public holiday mornings.