Despite the boom in online commerce, the traditional markets retain that charm that makes them such an interesting place to go leisurely and find real treasures. Stroll, compare and buy… We love markets! That is why in the following post we present you some of the coolest in Spain that every week attract hundreds of visitors.
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Lovers of antiques and second-hand objects have an appointment at the Navacerrada flea market every Sunday. Located on Paseo de los Españoles s / n, in an outdoor space it is convenient to take a look at the weather map before visiting it in case it is too cold or hot. Here you can find toys, tableware, paintings, clocks, statues, lamps, vinyls, furniture ... a perfect plan to enjoy the mountains of Madrid.
Trace of Madrid
El Rastro is an emblematic market in Madrid with more than 400 years of history where you can find all kinds of everyday objects, antiques and bargains. It is a curious open-air market that is held on Sundays and holidays in the historic center of the capital, in the central neighborhood of La Latina, specifically on Ribera de Curtidores street.
Some of the streets surrounding the Ribera de Curtidores are dedicated to the sale of some specialized products such as art, books, magazines, stickers, antiques and even animals.
Despite the crowds that sometimes form in some areas, it is very pleasant to spend a Sunday morning visiting the Rastro stalls to finish off some rations and tapas in the surrounding bars.
One weekend a month, the old Delicias train station, the first monumental one to be built in Madrid and which today houses the Railway Museum, houses numerous stalls dedicated to fashion, decoration and gastronomy. It also has an area where individuals sell objects that they no longer use but well curated.
In addition, the Mercado de Motores is an excellent opportunity to get to know the interior of the museum, one of the great industrial architecture buildings from the XNUMXth century that still stand in Madrid. It is located on Paseo de las Delicias, 61 and also has a restaurant area where you can enjoy a snack while enjoying good music.
The dels Encants market in Barcelona, also known as Mercat Fira de Bellcaire, is the largest and oldest in the city. It is located on Avinguda Meridiana, 73 and takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Not only can you find all kinds of objects here, but also auctions are organized and a whole range of complementary services are offered, such as gastronomic services. The phenomenon of street food also came to this Barcelona market so that visitors can savor delicious dishes in the space or take them home after an intense day browsing stalls. As if that were not enough, there are also educational and recreational activities of all kinds for all ages.
Strolling through Mercantic on a Sunday morning is to enter a village of houses with pastel colors that seem taken from Instagram. Fans of Vintage decoration will find in Mercantic a space where they can find the most exclusive and interesting pieces of antique furniture and recovered objects. There are also those who create their own designs and workshops are even organized for the most handyman.
The El Siglo bookstore is very striking, where concerts and vermouths are organized with an exhibition and sale of thousands of old and second-hand books. Mercantic is open every day and is located at Av. De Rius i Taulet, 120, Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona)
Alcaicería of Granada
In the times of Al-Andalus it was a market belonging to the king of Granada in which silk and all kinds of luxurious products were processed. After the reconquest it continued to be an important commercial center but it was declining until in the XNUMXth century it suffered a great fire. At present it occupies a space smaller than the original one but it is still equally frequented by locals and tourists. It opens every day until 21 pm on Alcaicería street.
It is the most famous Valencian market among lovers of retro and vintage. It is installed every Sunday and on holidays in the Mestalla stadium car park. In 2019 it will have a new location after passing through the Alameditas de Serranos, the Naples and Sicilia square and, currently, between Aragón and Sweden avenues, next to the Mestalla stadium. In this market, antiques, tools, records, pictures, clothes and all the things that one can imagine are mixed.
Open your Ganbara
The modern and creative market is located in a unique environment such as the old Artiach cookie factory. Open Your Ganbara, an innovative initiative that takes place in rehabilitated spaces to bring a range of leisure, fashion, art and technology to all audiences. Here, entrepreneurs expose their brands and designs but among the stalls you can also rescue some unique and vintage object. Open your Ganbara has been located in the La Ribera de Deusto / Zorrotzaurre neighborhood since 2009.