In a country filled with gay-friendly destinations, Madrid is perhaps the gayest of them all – if anything due to the sheer size of the gay Madrid community (approximately 500,000 LGBT residents). The city’s gayborhood of Chueca is the largest in Spain and one of the liveliest in the world, with more gay bars, clubs, shops, saunas, and cafes than you will be able to fit in during one stay. Locals like to say that Chueca isn’t gay-friendly, it’s hetero-friendly.
Beyond Chueca, the city is extremely diverse and inclusive. You will find mixed crowds of men, women, gays, and straights at many venues throughout Madrid, mingling cheerfully and enjoying the city’s great selection of bars and restaurants. The city has the largest Pride event in Europe and the second largest in the world, which every summer turns the area surrounding Chueca into a non-stop party.
For those who like to explore local culture during the day and party at night, Madrid offers the best of both worlds. Eat delicious tapas to your heart’s content, visit some of Spain’s most iconic and historical sights, and drink your evenings away in a variety of bars ranging from traditional cafes to ultra-modern lounges before dancing all night. Just don’t forget your afternoon siesta to keep you going until the sun comes up.
Madrid is Spain’s largest LGBT hub, and one of Europe’s largest as well. This makes Madrid’s gayborhood, the lively central area of Chueca, one of the very best places for gay nightlife on the continent.
Given the large and vibrant gay scene, all the hotels in the city center, and especially those in and around Chueca and Gran Via, are extremely gay-friendly. However, there are of course a handful of them that specialize in serving gay customers. From hetero-friendly hotels to urban gay-friendly design resorts there are options for all budgets and styles in Madrid.
As a whole, Spain is a very tolerant country of homosexuality. In fact, a 2013 study found it to have the highest rate of homosexual acceptance (88%) of all countries polled. Despite having only recently emerged from a troubled history of fascism, the country developed progressive gender and sexuality laws very quickly, and is now amongst the best in the world for LGBT rights.
Madrid itself is particularly liberal and progressive, so openly gay visitors are not likely to be noted or discriminated against.
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