Madrid’s best market: Mercado de Motores

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Toot toot! Old trains mixed with vintage clothes and hot dogs.

Once a month, El Mercado de Motores (meaning the Engine Market) takes over an old train museum in downtown Madrid for a unique flea market experience. Independent collectors and designers set up vintage stands right alongside Madrid’s old trains which are intact and on display, adding a true feeling of 20th century charm.

The market started out as a community-led effort to popularize second-hand goods. Now it sells everything from current designer items, chic furniture, rare art and even retro pieces, plus tons of outstanding food and free live music.

A live jazz band welcomes you in.

Just one of the live music acts at the mercado

Just one of the live music acts at the mercado

A café hugs the entrance, where you can grab a coffee, a beer, or a sweet pastry as you begin to walk along its tracks.

Amidst the stands you’ll find handmade leather shoes, independent designer clothing, vintage jewelry, antique furniture and much more.

Handmade leather shoes

Handmade leather shoes

Vintage furniture

Vintage furniture

Vintage Clothing

Vintage Clothing

One of the other highlights of the market is its outdoor ambience. Sample from all types of food stalls, some selling regional Spanish dishes such as paella and fabada (Asturian white bean stew) and find a place to sit. Here’s when you should start to linger and enjoy the lively ambience with friends and family, listening to live music as it spontaneously comes on.

The ambience outside

The ambience outside

Paella cooking

Paella cooking

Fabada Asturiana

Even the young ones are invited.

Little ones welcome

Little ones welcome

Another view of the outdoor space

Another view of the outdoor space

Then you have the good old hamburgers and hot dogs, but Spanish style–they’re both tasty and pretty.

Hot dogs

Hot dogs

Hamburgers made to order

Hamburgers made to order

Make it with cheese please!

Make it with cheese please!

And, of course, you’ll find jamón serrano baguettes accompanied by a glass of red wine–my favorite outdoor treat.

Jamon Serrano

Jamon Serrano

After eating through fideau (a traditional noodle dish from Valencia) and finishing your beer or Asturian cider, feel free to move on to the cocktails. Don’t hold back.

Fideau

Fideau

Nice cold beers

Nice cold beers

Austrian Cider

Austrian Cider

People enjoying the tables outside

People enjoying the tables outside

Grab a gelato on your way out.

Gelato

Gelato

Or hope on a new bike!

Bikes

Bikes for sale

Other Markets of Madrid: 

Although El Mercado de Motores is my favourite, check out all the other new markets of Madrid here:

The New Markets of Madrid

El Mercado de la Boca: A design haven for young and independent creators

Lavapiés and its Market: The Real Food Emporium!

Adelita Market: community exchange

Mercado de Motores: 

Where: Paseo de las delicias, 61

Metro: Delicias

When: one weekend per month, Check their Facebook page for specific dates

Next Dates: Saturday & Sunday, December 7th and 8th, 2013

Hours: 11:00-22:00

Find out: about future dates and events, check out their Facebook page

 

Big Jump – A Day for the Rivers

For the environmentally conscious, the political activist, and the overheated soul looking to cool off, this Sunday has a lot to offer. BIG JUMP is right around the corner. On July 11th, more than half a million people throughout the world will jump into a clean river at 13:00 p.m.  The worldwide event aims to reconcile people with their rivers and promote awareness of the ecological issues and solutions surrounding precious bodies of water. The Big Jump project was founded 25 years ago as a means to encourage people to re-conquer their rivers and lakes. Sadly, many rivers and lakes across the world have been neglected and abused so much that their polluted status makes them dangerous to use and even prohibited to the public. The Big Jump Project embodies the effort being made by conscientious world citizens to clean and restore such rivers. The effort has made a strong splash – over the past 20 years, more and more sites on rivers have reached the bath water quality standards.

There will be eleven Big Jump celebrations in Spain alone, one can find the river closest to them on the website. For the community of Madrid, the Jump will take place at the Río Alberche. At 13:00 p.m. there will be an educational lecture about water quality and river restoration. Following the talk, the crowd will take the plunge into the river.

Although the Big Jump project has serious and even grave undertones regarding environmental damage and maintenance, this Sunday is a day of celebration in the name of Europe’s healthy rivers. The Big Jump Project will reach its culmination in 2015, with the European River Swimming Day. Crowds will flock to the European rivers that have reached the quality water standard to take a dip.

Big Jump is a campaign under the wing of the European Rivers Network (ERN) and many organizations and partners have surfaced in the past years. In Spain, the Volunteering for Rivers Program (part of the Spanish Environmental Ministry) fully supports the Big Jump Project and hosts events such as discovery canoe tours and fishing trips in conjunction with Big Jump.

Come on out this Sunday and be one of the many mindful people who want to respect and restore the beautiful rivers of Spain and the world at large.  For more information, email grupomadrid@wwf.es.


Where: Río Alberche (Aldea del Frensno) in the Recreational Zone of the Beaches. For an idea
When: Sunday, June 11th.
Hour: 13:00 is the start of the talk, followed by the great jump! People will arrive late morning and stay through the evening.
Transportation: A bus will leave from the official WWF office in Madrid, located on Gran Vía de San Francisco, 8

Chloe Nash