Madrid is one of the new hot gay destinations in Europe. This beautiful city offers beautiful museums, too many shops for your wallet and a vivid gay night life. The bars and clubs are all located close to each other in Chueca The Gay Pride Madrid is one of the biggest and most popular gay events in Europe.
The main gay area is in the neighbourhood Chueca. It is remarkably compact, with virtually every gay establishment either on Plaza Chueca (at the Chueca Metro stop), or a block west on Calle Pelayo.
In day time you can shop till you drop, hopping in and out designer outlets or some alternative street gear. Tired? Try to grab a chair and table at one of the many tables on Plaza de Chueca, where the local guys hang around. In the evening you'll find plenty of trendy restaurants, where you can enjoy typical Spanish cuisine. Late at night, the crowd moves from the restaurants into the bars and clubs, for a long and hot night out.
Plaza del Chueca and Calle Pelayo are the centers of all gay excitement.
Clubs are hot and start very late in Madrid. Popular clubs in Chueca are Escape (young crowd), Mito, Sunrise and Sachas (Chueca's largest). Bigger clubs are found outside Chueca. The Shangay Tea Dance on Sunday nights at Cool Club is Madrid's biggest gay dance party. Strong Center is also popular, mostly for its Saturday night scene.
Madrid Pride is one of the best and biggest gay events in Europe. Every year more guys come there to party!
Where to stay in Madrid
Most of the gay places are located in the area called Chueca (map). From there you can easily walk to the gay bars, clubs and shopping streets. See our hotel [age for hotels and apartments recommendations and a map showing the Chueca area.
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Granada is a beautiful historic city in the south of Spain. The Alhambra is a world famous attraction. In summer it can be too hot, so best to visit is spring or autumn. Make sure to book your Alhambra tickets in advance, you really can not miss this one. There are a few gay bars in Granada.
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390 km from Madrid