Chueca, the gay area in Madrid

Madrid is a city loved by the LGBTQ+ community around the world. Chueca is the most famous gay neighborhood in Madrid. In it’s streets you can explore the shops, have a beer and a tapa in one of its historic taverns, dine with friends in one of the many restaurants, spend a night out at some of its many bars and clubs, or sit on a terrace…Chueca es genial (Chueca is great).

There are three main squares in the gay neighborhood of Madrid. Chueca is the most famous, where will find the Metro stop and several terraces where you can sit and people watch. There is also Pedro Zerolo, named in honor of one of the most important LGBTQ+ activists in Spain. And finally the Plaza del Rey, which is the most relaxed of the squares. If you would like to take in a view from the highest spots in the neighborhood, you can check out the rooftop terrace of the Room Mate Oscar hotel or the Antón Market to end your visit with a cocktail.

Although Chueca is the gay neighborhood of Madrid, most LGBTQ+ people do not actually live there. There are many other neighborhoods in Madrid that are experiencing “gayntrification” similar to what happened in Chueca in the 90’s. It’s very easy to see their presence as you will see with the many LGBTQ+ pride flags hanging from the many balconies and facades. Madrid is a very open city and the center has become a great gay haven, a symbol of coexistence and tolerance.

At Madrid Gay Experiences we have prepared a special tour that shows you the monuments and essential history of Madrid. A walking tour in which we will explain important places for the LGBTQ+ community and their histories.

Other gay neighborhoods in Madrid:

Lavapiés

The old Jewish quarter of Madrid is now the most multicultural and dynamic neighborhood in the city. In its winding streets, you will find the Reina Sofia Museum, art galleries, as well as many Asian and African markets .

It is one of the most progressive neighborhoods in Madrid and much of its cosmopolitan character is thanks to the hard work of the LGBTQ+ community that has settled there. Lavapiés has been a gay neighborhood for many years. In the 1990’s it was the center of the Radical Gai de Madrid, a combative LGBTQ+ movement. Many LGBT associations headquarters are located in this area and their collective presence can be seen in the many LGBTQ+ friendly bars as well as at The Ring and Attack, some of the most famous gay cruising spots in Madrid.

If you arrive around June 28th, you can participate in the demonstration of Critical Pride, a demonstration for LGBTQ+ rights without the corporate sponsored floats you will see in the conventional pride parade.

La Latina

If you spend a Sunday in Madrid and don’t come to La Latina, you have truly not seen Madrid.  The oldest neighborhood in the city is between Lavapiés and Plaza Mayor and is very easy to find. Every Sunday you’ll find the Rastro, Madrid’s weekly street market.

When you’ve finished exploring and shopping you can have a caña and tapa in one of the many bars.. La Latina has always been one of the other gay neighborhoods of Madrid and has some of the oldest gay bars in the city between Calatrava and La Paloma streets. They’re especially busy on Sunday afternoons after the Rastro.

Sundays in Madrid become Sungays with our experiences. In the morning, discover the Rastro and enjoy cañas and tapas. And in the afternoon, have fun in the popular gay bars in La Latina.

We want you to experience Madrid like a true madrileño, to meet the people, experience their customs and see how they enjoy their lives here. If you visit Madrid during the first 15 days of August, don’t miss our experience during the Fiestas de La Paloma. We will show you the most important places in  Lavapiés and La Latina and the pride that exists in these areas.

 

Malasaña

Right next to Chueca, across Fuencarral street, you’ll find Malasaña, a neighborhood full of history. This is where the people of Madrid fought to expel Napoleon’s invading troops, it was also the epicenter of the famous Movida Malasaña and is now the most “hipster” neighborhood in Madrid.

In Malasaña, another gay neighborhood, you’ll find stores from emerging Spanish designers, trendy bars and cafes, restaurants for all tasts, tons of nightlife and exhibitions and cultural activities in the Centro Conde Duque. Malasaña also has some gay bars and cruising spots frequented by the gay community of Madrid.

The LGBTQ+ life in Madrid begins in the Chueca neighborhood but extends to the rest of the neighborhoods that make up the city center. We will help you, using our own experiences to help you know Madrid better and make the most of your stay in the city.