How gay is Madrid? Well, considering it’s the capital city of a country that legalized gay marriage and adoption back in 2005, it can’t be that bad of a place for LGBTQ travelers to visit, right? In fact, Madrid is as gay as you can get. Indeed, it’s a major European destination for LGBTQ tourists, with an abundance of nightlife and gay events. Read on for more of our gay Madrid guide.
Chueca: the heart of gay Madrid
While this city is gay all over, Chueca is traditionally the queer area of Madrid: it’s full of gay bars, restaurants, shops and clubs. Chueca is full of life, especially during spring and summer, when the gay community make the most of the great weather on the outside terraces and plazas. Feel free to kiss or hold hands with your partner, in Madrid no one gives a second glance. The freedom here is liberating.
Aside from Chueca, the barrios of La Latina and Lavapiés are the newer gay areas of Madrid, offering more of an alternative LGBT vibe. Lavapiés is also home to an increasing number of gay fetish venues in Madrid.
Gay events in Madrid
Madrid Orgullo, better known as Madrid Gay Pride, is one of the biggest gay pride events in the world. Each year the city hosts different outdoor stages with concerts, major circuit parties, and cultural activities. In the past few years, Madrid Pride has attracted more than two million people. The capital’s streets are literally heaving with gays from around the world.
Other LGBT events in gay Madrid include Mad Bear, an annual gathering of hirsute, hunky bears during December. Sleazy Madrid is one of the largest fetish events in Europe and it usually takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Madrid gay nightlife
Gay Madrid is a major clubbing destination, with Kluster (house and techno), Into The Tank (fetish special) and Hot (a bear watering hole), some of the city's favorite spots. Also popular is the yearly We Pride Festival which coincides with Madrid Gay Pride. The best clubs in Madrid come together to deliver a roster of parties with stacks of world-class DJs and shirtless boys. Madrid’s gay scene is inclusive, fun and friendly: dive in and disfrutar!