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Madrid Gay Travel Guide & Map 2019

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|  10 October 2019
Todrick Hall: the queer US-American singer and choreographer on tour in Madrid.
Tickets: from 33 €
20:00 @ Teatro Barceló (C. de Barceló 11)
|  12 October 2019
Fiesta Nacional de España: the national holiday of Spain.
Bars, clubs, shops etc. may operate like on a Sunday and in the night before like on a Saturday night.
|  12 October 2019
WE Party: large party with lavish stage shows and elaborate visuals.
With DJ Sr.Edu, Steven Redant and Isak Salazar (ARENA, Mexico).
From 23:00 @ La Riviera (Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto)
|  3  –  9 December 2019
Mad.Bear 2019: Madrid's annual international meeting for bears, big men and their admirers, around the two public holidays on 6 and 8 December.
|  27 December  –  1 January 2020
WE Party – New Year Festival 2019/2020: gay winter festival with several parties, international DJs and live acts.
|  22  –  26 January 2020
FITUR – Feria Internacional de Turismo 2020: one of the most important and biggest tourism trade fairs worldwide, incl. many exhibitors and offers for LGBTIs.
@ IFEMA – Feria de Madrid (Avenida Partenón)
|  27 June  –  5 July 2020
Madrid Gay Pride 2020: the parade on Saturday evening, 4 July, is by far the largest gay parade in Spain and one of the biggest parades throughout Europe, with thousands of international visitors. Called Madrid Orgullo (abbreviated 'Mado', orgullo is the Spanish word for pride).

About Madrid and its gay life

Madrid at the edge of the gay area

With a population of 3.2 million, the Spanish capital Madrid is the third largest city in the European Union. The rise of the city began in the 16th century under the Spanish line of the House of Habsburg, when Philip II moved the royal court to Madrid. In the 18th century Charles III contributed much to the economic upturn of the city by modernizing the public infrastructure.
During the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 Madrid was heavily destroyed by air raids. After the end of Franco's dictatorship the so-called Movida Madrileña – a hedonistic cultural movement that celebrated everything shrill and modern – began to emerge in Madrid. Pedro Almodóvar became its internationally best-known representative. Even today Madrid is a center of attraction for party people from all over Europe, it is more original, more ›Spanish‹ and not as touristy as the more fancy and fashionable Barcelona, the great Catalan rival in the northeast of Spain.

Also in terms of cultural offerings, Madrid does not need to hide behind Barcelona. The Museo del Prado, with its exhibition of classical art up to the mid-19th century, is one of the most important art museums in the world. Here you can find masterworks by Velázquez, El Greco, Botticelli, Bosch and Goya, among others. The Museo Reina Sofía, on the other hand, shows modern art after the mid-19th century, including important works by Dalí, Miró and Picasso.

Thanks to the very progressive laws of gay marriage and anti-discrimination, approved by Spain's government and parliament in 2005, Madrid was chosen to host the EuroPride 2007. The parade in the center of Madrid – with more than a million participants and visitors – became the hottest and most colourful gay pride parade Europe had ever seen. In summer 2017, Madrid hosted the large WorldPride.

Annual gay events and highlights in Madrid are Madrid Gay Pride in July, the gay film festival LesGaiCineMad in November, the international bears week Mad.Bear and the New Year Party Festival in December.

As you can see on our Madrid Gay Maps, Overview and Chueca, the center of Madrid's gay scene is in the Chueca district. Most of the gay bars, cafes and shops and some smaller clubs are located in or close to Chueca.