Welcome to Gay Madrid!
Madrid is a city that caters for all tastes and inclinations. Whether you’re gay, lesbian or bisexual, there are activities, bars, clubs, and places of interest for everyone to enjoy and share. The district of Chueca has become the hot spot in Madrid nightlife, especially for the gay population. Chueca is popularly known as the gay quarter, comparable to The Castro district in San Francisco. Chueca is just a square sited in a central neighborhood in Madrid named Justicia. It lies just to the north of the old city, with its metro station “Chueca. Justicia is very lively, with many street cafes and boutique shops, gay but always inclusive regardless of your sexual orientation.
The neighbourhood has become a popular area for Madrid’s gay community, with a lot of LGBT or LGBT-friendly shops. Since Madrid’s serving as host of the 2007 Europride, the Gay Pride march has evolved to the biggest gay festival in the world. For five days at the beginning of the summer, Chueca is an appealing place containing five stages located at various plazas, as well as hundreds of outdoor bars, allowing hundreds of thousands to revel in the open air.
Madrid is considered one of the top European destinations concerning art museums. Best known is the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three museums. The most famous one is the Prado Museum, known for such highlights as Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Francisco de Goya’s La maja vestida and La maja desnuda. The other two museums are the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, established from a mixed private collection, and the Reina Sofía Museum, where Pablo Picasso’s Guernica hangs, returned to Spain from New York after more than two decades. SKIP THE LINE at the PRADO MUSUEM in Madrid, and see some of the most influential pieces of European artwork with your own private guide! Hear the history of the iconic building while walking around admiring masterpieces like Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas,’ and learn about the different artistic movements that the museum represents.
Another must not miss while in Madrid is the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) – the official residence of the King, but used only for official acts. It is a baroque palace full of artworks and is one of the largest European Royal Palaces, characterized by its luxurious rooms and its rich collections of armors and weapons, pharmaceuticals, silverware, watches, paintings, tapestries and the most comprehensive collection of Stradivarius in the world.
Madrid’s Gay Pride fiestas usually start place on the last weekend of June, and the Saturday of this weekend is usually known as the Dia del Orgullo Gay, or Gay Pride Day. During this time, Chueca becomes a centre of attraction in Madrid and a truly vibrant and active area for gays and straights alike. There are street parties, music, free outdoor concerts and all the local bars and cafés set up street stalls & kiosks, selling food and drinks to the revellers. Brightly coloured streamers and bunting decorates the streets around the Plaza de Chueca, and the area becomes a continuous party from the end of June and during the first week of July.
Madrid has been chosen to host the WorldPride event for 2017, the world’s largest and most prestigious gay event, after previously successfully hosting Euro Pride in 2007.