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Madrid Gay Travel

Which neighborhood has the most local gay guys? Which are the best gay bars in Madrid? Find out in this wolfyy Madrid gay travel guide.

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The Gay Travel Experience: Madrid, Spain

Madrid is absolutely my favorite place in the world! I have never felt more comfortable and at home while in the Spanish capital. Madrid’s gay population is huge, the LGBT resources are vast and the Madrid gay clubs & parties are world-renowned.
gay Madrid locals
gay Madrid locals
gay neighborhood Madrid
The best thing about Madrid is that the local gay men are very friendly! As soon as you step into Spaniard culture, you will soon find out how open, free and genuinely upbeat so many locals are. This is why I like Spain and Madrileños so much!
gay neighborhood Madrid
While hanging out in any Madrid gay bar, you are bound be be absorbed into a circle of fun Spanish guys. They’re always eager to make new friends. It feels so welcoming!

The Madrid Gay Neighborhood Guide

Madrid is not a very big city in terms of the main center (the wider metro area is quite large). In fact, within 30-40 minutes you can walk from the southernmost part of the “city’s core” to the northernmost.
best neighborhoods in Madrid
I have stayed in several neighborhoods over the times I have visited Madrid. Each gives a different vibe and has a varying level of convenience. Ill give you some tips below on the best neighborhoods to stay in Madrid and where you can find the most gay locals.
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Where are the local gay men in Madrid?

For the most authentic Madrid experience, I recommend staying in one of a few areas. One of the trendiest neighborhoods for locals is Malasaña. Malasaña is at the northern end of the city’s core. Full of gay Madrileños, amazing restaurants and not crowded by tourists, you’ll feel right at home here.
where to stay in Madrid
Malasaña has various small boutique-like storefronts and other conveniences. The area is full of local Spanish people so its perfect to observe local life. Malasaña is also walkable to Gran Via and the main city center in about 10-15 minutes.
restaurants in Madrid
where to stay in Madrid
restaurants in Madrid
Embajadores is another great area of Madrid, located on the south end of the city center. Many younger people live here, including many gay locals I know. The metro from Embajadores will take you directly to the center of Madrid in 10 minutes, or by walking, 25-30 minutes.
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Tirso de Molina, a neighborhood just south of Sol is a third great option to look for a place to stay. Tirso de Molina is a bit closer to the city center, but not exactly next to the Sol metro station. I recommend staying a bit farther south of the Sol metro station since this area is usually overcrowded with tourists.
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gay area park Madrid
local life Madrid gay

I recommend to avoid staying along Gran Via. This is where most tourists stay, as there are many chain hotels. This is not where you can experience the real Madrileño life. Plus, you will up missing the beautiful streets on your journey home.

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Madrid Experiences for the Gay Traveler

Firstly, some of the basics you must cover while visiting Madrid are Plaza Mayor, Parque del Retiro and the Royal Palace of Madrid. Plaza Mayor is in the center of the city and has a ton of history. Many restaurants and small shops surround the plaza.
Madrid gay experiences
Madrid gay experiences
parks in Madrid

El Retiro Park is enormous and you could easily spend half a day strolling around. There are unlimited quiet trails and manicured garden areas.

At the main entrance to the park there are some stellar views of the east side of the city. Explore the park near the entrance and you just might find the spot where all the shirtless guys are working out.

The Royal Palace can be a place you stop by briefly to see the outside, or you may choose to go in for a tour. Personally, I just admired it from the outside.
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grand palace Madrid

For shopping, there are several department stores along Gran Via near the Callao metro stop. El Corte Inglés is the main department store, but note that it is broken up into 5 buildings, each with different categories of items.

The buildings are dotted along the street from the Callao metro stop to the Sol metro stop. Major brand stores are in between.

Madrid Museums: Modern & Historical

There are two museums in Madrid that I absolutely loved. Museo ABC is a graphic design showcase with many interesting pieces, all very different from one another.

I liked visiting Museo ABC because it was modern and not very busy! It is not one of the museums that tourists flock to, since it’s a little off the beaten path. Entrance is free.
Madrid museums
modern art Museum Madrid
Madrid museums
The Museo Municipal de Historia is another great, and free, place to spend a few hours. The museum showcases the urban development of Madrid—the different eras of infrastructure construction, models of famous architectural sites and many maps of the city.
modern art Museum Madrid
In the basement is a model of the entire city of Madrid from a specific year in history. It is absolutely impeccable and is one of the first models that depicted the empty space between Madrid’s buildings. If you love architecture or city maps, you will absolutely adore this.

Madrid Restaurants

If you’re hungry after shopping, walk from Gran Via toward Embajadores and you’ll find kebab and Indian food everywhere. With lots of outdoor seating, the ethnic food in this area can be a delicious and cheap bet

best Madrid restaurants
For a higher-end restaurant option, I recommend Azotea Rooftop. A restaurant and bar with the best views of Gran Via, Azotea has indoor and outdoor seating. This restaurant is especially good if you like seafood. I got some Calamari, patatas bravas, ensaladilla and white wine. It’s on the pricier side, but the views are worth it.
where to eat in Madrid
best Madrid restaurants
where to eat in Madrid

Chueca is the Madrid gay neighborhood. Many gay guys live in this area, but they also live in many other parts of Madrid, so you can find gay locals beyond Chueca.

grand palace Madrid
There are tons of restaurants and bars in this vibrant part Madrid. I recommend just wandering through Chueca, watching gay locals and tourists mingle and seeing what else you find!

Madrid Gay Bars & Gay Clubs

Gay nightlife in Madrid is plentiful. There are so many options. Not only in terms of bars versus clubs, but there are clubs that play specific styles of music and serve different crowds. Madrid gay travel is not complete without hitting up at least one party or bar!

Tanga! Madrid’s Best Gay Party

One of the most popular gay parties in Madrid is Tanga! It’s a monthly gay party known for starting on Sunday evening at 7:30pm! The fiesta caters initially to those who work on Monday, but as is typical in Spain, the party keeps going until 6 am Monday morning. I love this Madrid gay party because different gay “crowds” mix for one giant event.
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gay bar Madrid
gay clubs Madrid tanga
At Tanga, there are several “salas,” or rooms on different levels. The main floor plays pop music and all-time favorites. As the night progresses and the night owls show up, the higher levels will gradually open. The 3rdlevel will play techno and house music.

Check out photos and event times for Madrid’s Tanga Gay Party by visiting the Tanga Madrid Facebook Page or the Tanga Madrid Instagram Page.

Kluster Gay Club: Best Madrid Circuit Party

Kluster is another Madrid gay club crowd favorite. They play house/circuit music with on-stage dancers. This is a jam-packed, intense Saturday night party that continues until the sun rises. Entrance is about 10 euros, which includes a drink.

For more information on the Kluster Gay Club in Madrid, head over to the Kluster Facebook Page. See party videos, too!

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Right next to the Kluster gay party is Marta Cariño, a cute and spacious bar. It is not specifically a gay venue; however, it is where all the gay guys hang out before the Kluster party, or before heading to another part of town for a night out.

Marta Cariño gay party nights always have an awesome DJ. Check out the Marta Cariño Instagram Page to see planned events.

Calmer Gay-Friendly Bars in Madrid

If dancing is not your thing, there are a couple places for some great cocktails and stellar vibe. If you like chic hotel vibes, head over to Only You Hotel, located near the Atocha rail station. They make custom cocktails and they look beautiful! There is a wonderful rooftop terrace, perfect for watching the sun set.
rooftop bars Madrid
rooftop bars Madrid
cocktail bar Madrid

Another rooftop terrace with more of a garden feel is Azotea Forus Barceló, right across the street from Teatro Barceló. This is a great spot for large groups as there is space to spread out and moveable seating.

Note there is no signage on the street, so you just have to head up the outdoor escalator to the fourth level. It’s best to visit Azotea Forus Barceló in the early evening or late afternoon as the sun is setting.
cocktail bar Madrid
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Madrid Gay Travel Tips

As a general tip, the north of the city is at a much higher elevation than the south. Walking from Malasaña to Embajadores is all downhill. Keep this in mind if you’re walking the city. Personally, I will take the subway northward but walk southward to make any stroll more enjoyable.
gay area park Madrid

Using The Madrid Metro

Madrid’s metro system is fantastic. Frequent trains will get you to all destinations very quickly and a ride is less than 2 euros. Buy a card to load at any metro station. The subway also connects directly to the airport (a slightly higher fare for the longer distance).
Madrid metro stations
Madrid metro stations
Madrid city map
Note that there are the “regular” subway routes and then there is a more heavy-duty train that runs in a circular route along the outskirts of the city. This train takes different tickets and costs just a bit more. You may find yourself taking this train if you’re headed for the Atocha railway station. However, for most people you likely won’t need it.
Madrid city map

Dinner Time in Spain

Spanish dinner time is much later than everywhere else in the world! The typical time for a dinner reservation is between 8pm and 11pm. It’s not uncommon to see some Spaniards eat at midnight!
local Spanish food Andalusia
local Spanish food Andalusia
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Keep this in mind while making reservations at restaurants, as they may not even be open yet by your regular dinner time. Most restaurants in Spain will close down in the middle of the day, reopening in the evening.

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Madrid is my favorite city in the world! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

If you’ve enjoyed this Madrid gay travel guide, keep reading about gay Spain in the Valencia Gay Travel Guide or Seville Gay Travel Guide.

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