As lovers of bygone eras, we love a good vintage market. These picturesque and charming places always keep jewels that only a few know how to find. Today we will talk about the five best vintage markets in Spain.
As good vintage lovers we love to put into practice the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. Therefore, we believe that vintage markets are perfect to give a new life to those things that others do not need. Taking into account the benefit that this means for the planet.
Thus, we believe that a vintage market can be an excellent form of sustainable trade, in which we can also find bargains. In addition, it is a wonderful way to spend time browsing alone or in company.
For these reasons and many more that you can add, we present our top 5 flea markets in Spain. Join us!
El Rastro – Madrid
Who hasn’t heard of El Rastro? It is an almost magical place, you will surely be able to find all the products you want. Of course, a lot of patience to go through all the stalls, check every corner and survive the crowds.
In this vintage market you can find practically everything, from clothes to books or furniture. Its location is always the same, between the neighborhood of Lavapiés and La Latina; specifically, in the Plaza de Cascorro.
It has been held every Sunday and holidays for more than 400 years. So no one can deny that it is really vintage. It must keep secrets that we all wish we knew. As for the opening hours, it is available from 9 am to 3 pm.
Las Dalias – Ibiza
We move from the capital to the Balearic Islands to find another vintage market: Las Dalias in Ibiza. This space that is located in one of the most famous islands is known for its hippie spirit.
Although we can find vintage items as in the Rastro, they have different styles. In this premium, music, ethnic, multicultural, … in short, it is another way of living the world of flea markets and we also love it.
It was held for the first time in 1985 and is located on the road to San Carlos, Km 10, Santa Eulària des Riu. It should be noted that it is only open on weekends, except in the month of August that extends its opening days.
Els Encants – Barcelona
We return to the peninsula to get to Barcelona. This market occupies approximately 15,000 square meters and has about 500 traders. Unlike the Rastro or the Dalias, this one is more focused on decoration and vintage furniture. Although there are also some stalls where you can find clothes and other items.
Els Encants is one of the oldest markets in Europe, although in 2008 it was covered to improve the experience for visitors, but without losing its outdoor essence.
We can visit it at Carrer de los Castillejos 158 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 8 pm.
El Rastro de Mestalla – Valencia
The fourth place is occupied by this vintage market located in the vicinity of the Valencia C.F. stadium. It is held on Sundays from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Unless there is a match, which is brought forward to Saturday.
In this flea market we can find pampered and cared pieces, that is to say, the products have great quality. But that does not mean that we can not haggle a little prices, this gives life to these places. Practice it especially at the end of the morning, success guaranteed!
On the other hand, we can also find books or antique toys. This market is perfect for the nostalgic ones.
Open Your Ganbara – Bilbao
We leave the Mediterranean arc and go north to talk about our last recommendation in vintage markets: Open Your Ganbara. It is another kind of market since it is held in a former Artiach cookie factory.
It is held every Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm, except in August. There you can find all kinds of products from raw materials to what we have left over at home and do not know where to put.
Each of these vintage markets has its own essence and our advice is: visit as many as you can! Even research much more to find in your own cities.