Madrid’s most popular flea market, El Rastro reopened on Sunday, November 22, after roughly 8 months of closure due to the coronavirus. Contrary to its normal visitor count that can reach 10,000 on a normal Sunday, it is limited to 2,000 at a time with tightened security. There are also fewer stalls and are spaced further apart to reinforce social distancing. Police officers are positioned at the entrances and exits to ensure that visitors strictly follow the one-way route regulation around the market. El Rastro is one of Spain’s largest open-air markets that is available on Sundays and public holidays.

Records of its establishment date back to the Middle Ages (1740), and it is strategically located in a historic center of Madrid, making it well-suited for foreigners and locals alike to visit. The market was originally a rendezvous point for barter exchange and purchasing of secondhand clothes. Nowadays, a wide variety of wares can be found and bought in El Rastro ranging from kitchenware and shirts to antiques and jewelries. Adjacent streets of the market offer specific products, such as paintings and art tools in Calle de San Cayetano and trading of magazines, stickers, and cards in Calle de Rodas.