Flea Markets in Spain: the 20 best Spanish flea markets

Intro

Spain often rhymes with beaches, fiestas, bullfights and paella. Yet, this former colonial empire has a historical and cultural heritage of great wealth. From Madrid’s museums and the streets of Barcelona, to the palace of the Alhambra in Granada and the churches of Toledo, there is much to discover in Spain, away from touristy clichés.

The warm temperament of the Spaniards, as well as the country’s summer temperatures and coastline, have long attracted tourists, especially those from the Northern European mists. However, the country has much more to offer than the beaches of the Costa Brava and the Costa del Sol, as beautiful as 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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19 comments

    • Hi Richard, sorry for the mix-up. The flea market located “near the central Post office and the Casino Granada” was actually the “Mercadillo para coleccionistas de papel y filatelia” (C/ Acera del Darro and C/ Angel Ganivet).

      The “general” flea market that actually offers a broader variety of antiques is indeed located in Calle Casería Aguirre as Rudger commented. The post has been updated with the new address.

  1. Marieke

    I went to Seville today, no market AT ALL!!!! Happy that all shops were open otherwise kids would have been more disappointed but NO WAY there was a market in the center of Sevilla (we went for the one at Plaza del Duque).

  2. Alex

    Same thing as Marieke – there is no antique/ flea market at Alameda in Seville. We were there last Sunday and the stalls were offering solely artisan clothing and accessories.

    • Hi Alex, Marieke – Sorry that you went to this flea market for nothing. The Mercadillo “Charco La Pava” (which was previously known as “Mercadillo La Alameda”) has been transferred from the Alameda de Hércules to the Avenida Carlos III, alongside the Guadalquivir river. It takes place every Saturday and Sunday.

      The Mercadillo del Jueves also known as “Mercadillo de Antigüedades” (which takes place every Thursday from 7 am to 3 pm) in the Calle Feria, is also a good alternative to go flea market shopping.

  3. John rowe

    Does anybody know of any markets near Rosas ,on the coast east and north of Barcelona,I find it difficult to find antiques in Spain. Any help would be appreciated. John

    • Hi John, Roses (Girona) is a rather small city with a farmer market which takes place on Sunday, in Carrer Miquel Oliva Prat. However, you might want to try your luck in other localities in Girona. I found the following list of events:

      Resale Market Vilobí d’Onyar: Second Sunday of the month in the village of Vilobí d’Onyar
      Market Brocanters Coleccionismo of Figueres: Third Saturday of the month in the town of Figueres
      Market Leona: First and second Saturday of the month in the town of Girona
      Market Brocanters recycling: Every Saturday in the town of Celrà
      Resale Market St. Gregori: Fourth Sunday of the month in the village of Sant Gregori

  4. John rowe

    Hi thanks ,very helpful,we are in the area the third weekend so willsee how we get on,.I appreciate your help,regards John

  5. Larry

    I’m going to The southern part of Spain Granada and Córdoba. I was told that there is a flea market every Sunday morning is that correct?

  6. Ricky Saxena

    Hi Ashley, I would be going to seville, Barcelona and Madrid during July end – august beginning. Please could you recommend some great flea markets or stores mainly for action figures, toys and other movie/music collectibles

    • Hi Ricky, if you’re into action figures, toys and movie collectibles, I would recommend you the Feria del Juguete y Comics de Madrid, “La Estación” (Coleccionismo) y Feria de Modelismo Ferroviario. This flea market takes place at the Madrid Railway Museum . Pº Delicias 61 – 28045 Madrid, on the first Sunday of every month, from 10 am to 3 pm. You can check their facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/Feriadelaestacion-262733763932884/
      Unfortunately, it seems the last event took place on July 1st, and will resume in September…

  7. John Brice

    Hi. We’re near pallafrugall first and second week of September. Are there any interesting secondhand markets in the area (have car so can easily travel).

    Cheers, john

  8. Janet Gagen

    Does anyone know where we can find reasonable priced second hand furniture around Granada we are looking either an antique market auction house or second hand store! And suggestions please

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