Madrid Gay Travel
Beloved by the LGBT community, Madrid gay travel is famous for nonstop gay clubs and endless cultural experiences. Discover Madrid’s best gay bars, where to stay, restaurants & more.
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.
Madrid Gay Neighborhood Guide
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 in a Malasaña Airbnb.
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. This area also tends to be cheaper than other Madrid neighborhoods. Embajadores Airbnb rentals are probably your best bet for cheap accommodations.
Tirso de Molina, a neighborhood just south of Puerta del Sol is another great option to look for a place to stay. Hotels in Tirso de Molina and the surrounding area will be 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
For a higher-end restaurant option, I recommend the Azotea del Circulo 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.
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.
Madrid Gay Bars & 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.
Tanga is hosted at Teatro Barceló, which has 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.
Kluster Gay Club: Circuit Party
For more information on the Kluster Gay Club in Madrid, head over to the Kluster Facebook Page. See party videos, too!
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.
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 in Atocha near the rail station. They make custom cocktails and they look beautiful! There is a wonderful rooftop terrace, perfect for watching the sun set.
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.
Madrid Gay Travel Tips
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).
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. See more on the Madrid Metro Official Site.
Dinner Time in Spain
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.
Madrid is my favorite city in the world! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.