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Órgiva’s flea market – el Rastro

Rastro in Orgiva

[The first and third Sunday of each month.]

Looking for Órgiva’s weekly market? That’s here.

Need a chain-saw, chess set or rainbow-coloured wooly hat? Or perhaps some homemade soap, a window frame or some tools? Head for Órgiva’s flea market and you’ll probably find something.

We don’t know much about the market which popped up recently in the ‘recreation area’ by the Rio Chico. It’s held on the first and third Sunday of each month from around 11am until 2.30pm.

Last Sunday, the Bar Terraza Rio Chico was packed and it seemed it was as much a meeting place for friends as a market, although plenty of deals were being done. Children dashed around, people played instruments, drank and…er…smoked. Let’s say it wasn’t exactly something you’d find on a Hampshire village green, unless things have changed since we’ve been away.

If you go, it’s unlikely you’ll leave empty-handed. There is some beautiful jewellery to had, the ubiquitous joss sticks, bottled juices and loads more – there’s always something that catches the eye.

S bought a jumper for €2 while M was tempted to buy a book about levitation; he needed a lift. The seller also kept upping the price.

There’s another market (presumably still going) at Las Barerras just outside Órgiva. Many of the same people at the Rio Chico market attend this too. Here’s a link to its community Facebook page.

If anyone knows how the markets operate, how to get a stall and so on, please comment below (you don’t need to sign up to anything).


Rastro jewellery

Rastro books

Getting to the market: Find the smaller BP station near the post office (as seen on this map), head to the right and loop around the back of it headings towards to bridge. Go down the road, cross the river under the bridge and turn left. The market is a two-minute walk. (There are other routes but this is easiest to explain.)

Related posts:

Órgiva market (Thursdays)

Órgiva hippies

Incense, in tents and Pink Floyd

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6 thoughts on “Órgiva’s flea market – el Rastro

  1. I see that your post is dated 2013 and also comments, so can you confirm Rio Chico Rastro dates for December 2014, advance..

    Posted by Naomi Smythe | November 24, 2014, 1:36 pm
  2. The Chico market exists because Anna who created the las Barreras market was denounced over food licence issues. She offered her goodwill to the Chico.,
    After one day demonstrating how much bar takings could be..she was frozen out.

    There is no Las Barreas market..check your facts more carefully.. and consider the failure to do so could be why you are getting so little feedback…Many people have lived here a long time..they know how the place works and its history..

    Posted by John | December 18, 2013, 9:35 pm
    • Hi John, we welcome all comments that add something to the blog, but your comment (including the ‘Yawn…’ one on another post) doesn’t – and it’s way off target too. I doubt, with respect to Anna, that our readers will be interested in food licence woes (this blog isn’t trying to mimic the Facebook page where that issue was discussed). Also, on several posts we ask for feedback, or state we’re unsure about certain things. Even in this post we say ‘presumably still going’ about Las Barreras.

      We have no idea what you mean by ‘many people have lived here a long time’ – this blog probably isn’t for them – it’s for people who may be planning a trip, friends and family back home and so on. We even state on the Facebook page that we believe you belong to that most of the people on it ‘probably know the stuff anyway’. So if your comment is to say we think we know it all, we don’t, and have stated this previously. If you have nothing positive to say, please refrain from posting comments. Thank you.

      Posted by con jamón spain | December 19, 2013, 10:31 am
  3. I love flea markets. There’s a big one on the edge of Nerja every Sunday morning 🙂

    Posted by Marianne | December 4, 2013, 7:58 am
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