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El Rastro

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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 Madrileños on public holiday mornings. This area, where in years gone by the pig abattoir and the nearby tanneries stood, and where bull skins were tanned, nowadays plays host to the world's most traditional street market. On Sundays and public holidays, over a thousand street sellers "open their doors" at around 9am much to the delight of locals and strangers avidly in search of a bargain.
From Cascorro it is possible to take home anything imaginable. From first and second hand clothes, jewellery or any typical souvenir of Madrid, to old coins and antiques on display in some of the small squares and galleries. But also with items you would never expect to see on sale: a small piece of plastic that, when placed under the tongue, makes the sound of birdsong; the internal mechanism of an old door lock; or a part for a radio that stopped being made almost before this wonderful contraption arrived in Spain.
There are also themed streets in the Rastro, such as Calle de San Cayetano, known as Painters' Street, awash with oil paintings, water colours or reproductions of great works of art.