Spainoften rhymes with beaches,fiestas, bullfights andpaella. Yet, this former colonial empirehas ahistorical and cultural heritageof great wealth. From Madrid’smuseumsand the streets ofBarcelona, tothe palace ofthe Alhambra in Granadaand the churchesof Toledo,there ismuch to discoverin Spain,away fromtouristy clichés.
Thewarm temperamentof the Spaniards, as well as the country’s summer temperaturesand coastline,have long attractedtourists,especially those fromtheNorthern Europeanmists. However, the countryhasmuch moreto offer thanthe beaches of theCosta Bravaand the Costadel Sol,as beautifulas they are.
In fact, one of the wonderful things about a holiday in Spain, are the country’s many markets. Should they be traditional fish markets, food markets, flower markets or flea markets, Spain’s markets are legendary.
Most guide books will point you in the right direction for flea markets, but when visiting Spain the word to remember is Rastro which has several meanings, one of which is flea market. With the exception of “El Rastro” in Madrid, which is a large street market, most rastros in Spain are nothing like flea markets we know, but are in fact small stores run by volunteers with profits donated to charity. They sell anything and everything including clothes, furniture, garden tools and ornaments, paintings, posters, magazines, toys and games, shop and industrial fittings. Nothing is restored but it’s usually in good condition, or at least repairable, and everything is uniquely Spanish.
For a first-time visitor to Spain who’s hungry for flea market hunting and thrifting, and if you don’t have time to visit them all, here is a rundown on the major flea markets in Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Valencia.
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