The city of Madrid has not just been the capital of Spain for many years, it has also held the official title as the gay capital of the world since 2008. The LGBTQ Gay Pride march in 2019 brought more than two million people out onto the streets of Madrid and the Spanish metropolis also has one of the most famous gay districts in the world, Chueca.
A popular area for gay people, it is also a tourist magnet for others who look for holiday destinations that welcome diversity and respect all kinds of people.
What are the most popular places and events for the gay community?
Chueca, Madrid’s gay district
Chueca is one of Europe’s most famous LGBT neighbourhoods and is a worldwide reference point for the gay community. It’s found in the centre of Madrid, in the area around the Justicia neighbourhood. Its central location, near Madrid’s most famous attractions, makes it an ideal district to visit and discover. You can visit this district with World Experience on our Madrid Full Day tour: eBike Tour of the City and Parks + Madrid Tapas, Wines and Rooftop terrace. Its geographical area reaches as far as the Gran Vía, Paseo de Recoletos, Calle de Fuencarral and Fernando VI. The name Chueca comes from a little square in the heart of the neighbourhood.
For years, but more so at the end of the 1980s and the start of the 90s, the area has been full of fashion boutiques, art galleries, sex shops, markets like San Antón and Barceló and an endless array of bars and restaurants.
Gay Pride week
Madrid’s gay pride march is without doubt the best organised in the world. Its past editions have attracted millions of people. Always held in the months of June or July, the whole city comes to a standstill to celebrate tolerance and diversity. Various events culminate in a grand march through Madrid’s streets. Madrid’s LGBTI slogan is “Whoever you love, Madrid loves you.”
Calle Calatrava is found in the legendary neighbourhood of La Latina. Somewhere to escape from the crowded streets of Chueca and Malasaña. The LGBTI bars on this street are becoming more and more prevalent on the city’s gay scene.
There are also several LGBT art galleries on this street, such as La Juan Gallery, Sala Nada and Bearbero for example.
WE Party Madrid
This is one of Europe’s most famous gay clubs. Open all year, it has a line-up of the best current DJs and dance acts.
La Riviera Club is the usual location for parties organised by WE Party Madrid. If you want to know the best place for a night out in Madrid, this is the place to be!
Considered by many as the best bar in Chueca. You don’t need an excuse to dress up and party here. Heterofriendly, a complete set of music classics and affordable prices make Barbanarama a great option for a night out in Madrid.