This weekend we discovered the ‘Mercado de Motores‘, which, despite what the name might indicate, has nothing to do with the buying of selling of motors. This market was celebrated in the ‘Nave de los Motores’ in Matadero up until last year and the new edition, in the Railway Museum of Madrid inherited the original name.
Celebrated every second weekend of the month from September up until December 2013, the market takes place in the old railway station of Delicias, which once upon a time had a direct connection with Lisbon. Built in 1880, it is the oldest monumental railway station of the city, but it lost the competition battle with the nearby located Atocha trainstation. Closed down in 1969, the building was converted into a museum.
Always an interesting place to visit, the surroundings are even more special when the museum is turned into a market place. While strolling between the trains, look for second hand items, vintage clothes, shoes, books, vinyls… and this wouldn’t be Spain if there wasn’t a place to have a drink or a (delicious) snack. Not just a plan, but a ‘planazo’ – as the Spaniards would say.
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Interested in the architectural highlights of industrial southern edge of Madrid, such as the former abbatoir the Matadero, the Delicias train station, the former Aguila beer brewery, and so on? Take a look at our Industrial Architecture cycling tour!