Regional Government of Madrid makes La Latina underground station thematic with photos of El Rastro

La Latina station
Metro de Madrid has included direct access signs to the market in the station. Large format snapshots depict the past and present of the most emblematic and important street market in Madrid

The Regional Government of Madrid has made La Latina underground station thematic with historical and contemporary photos of El Rastro, the emblematic open air market held in the capital city every Sunday since the year 1740. The Regional Councillor for Transport, Housing and Infrastructures, Rosalía Gonzalo, visited the exhibition this morning and saw the changes to the part of the station where these snapshots are located which seek to encourage the use of public transport to travel to this market and thus enhance the number of visitors it receives.

This initiative - the result of a partnership agreement between Metro de Madrid and the New Rastro Traders Association – seeks to improve the experience of underground users, who can immerse themselves in El Rastro and its history inside La Latina station before coming up to street level. The idea of themed stations has also been implemented in other stations, such as Ópera, Estación del Arte, Retiro, those stations that make up the Centenary Line on line 1 and the recently inaugurated Arroyofresno.

This initiative also seeks to contribute to revitalise and promote the activity of traders, establishments and artistic and cultural activity centres located in the area of El Rastro de Madrid, and help develop social initiatives and projects that foster their progress and consolidation.

The photos used for this thematic project were taken by José Luis Mur, César Lucas, Eduardo Dea, Miguel Ángel Sintes and Luis Martí, very well-known in this sector because they have immortalised the most emblematic moments of El Rastro for many years.

The agreement, as well as identifying the underground station with El Rastro, also provides for signs located in the station pointing to the most direct exit to the market to facilitate quick access to those citizens that wish to visit it.


As well as the snapshots with picture of El Rastro, La Latina underground station also hosts the work entitled ‘Lina and La Latina’, a tribute to the actress Lina Morgan, by the architect and draughtsman David Cárdenas. This is a mural made up of 2,310 pieces of painted ceramics, which highlights different locations where some of the episodes that marked the life of this great artist took place, underscores a technique that includes works of heritage in the streets and other public spaces in Madrid, as well as in other stations on the Metro network, such as Retiro and Gregorio Marañón.

The mural is located in a space measuring 11 metres between the first and second flights of escalators, which connect the entrance hall with the station platforms. David Cárdenas included phrases that refer to the relationship between the artist and the neighbourhood. Since her birth in the traditional street of Don Pedro to her first works in the La Latina Theatre (which she would later buy and run for 28 years with her brother), Lina Morgan is very closely tied to this neighbourhood, which this mural highlights and pays tribute to.


El Rastro de Madrid is an open-air market, originally for second-hand goods, located in the downtown neighbourhood of the historical centre of the capital city. Opened in 1740 close to the Matadero de la Villa [City Abattoir], occupying the pavements of Ribera de Curtidores hill in the neighbourhood of Lavapiés, it operated as a semi-clandestine market for the sale of second-hand goods.

With more than a quarter of a millennium of existence, El Rastro has regulated its existence and commercial activity over time. In this authentic market you will find collectors, scrap metal dealers, artists, antique dealers, music lovers, writers, intellectual poets, street vendors and all types of treasure hunters. Its international fame gives it a place in travel guides on Madrid as a particular attraction.


Rosalía Gonzalo, consejera de Transportes, Vivienda e Infraestructuras


New decoration of La Latina station

Large format snapshots depict the past and present of the most emblematic and important street market in Madrid
Metro de Madrid has included direct access signs to the market in the station