Five Gay Spanish Party Cities – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , June 13th, 2018

Five Gay Spanish Party Cities - The Nomadic Boys

Spain is famous for being very gay friendly and we absolutely love it!

As well as having some of the hottest men you’ll ever see, it also has some of the best gay parties we’ve been to, from the famous Madrid Pride, to Barcelona’s Circuit festivals. We’ve put together our 5 favourite gay cities in Spain to come and party like crazy.

Madrid

The Spanish capital is famous for being the best gay city for partying in Spain. We love visiting Madrid, whether it’s for Pride, or just an ad hoc weekend of partying. Either way, we know that a visit here is always going to be a lot of fun.

The Madrid Pride (“Orgullo Gay de Madrid”) takes place every year in June/July, and it is huge. It is famous for being one of the best and largest gay pride parades in the world with around 3-4 million people attending. We absolutely love it because as well as guaranteed beautiful weather (remember to pack plenty of sunblock cream!), the entire city gets involved and it becomes one giant rainbow street party. The focal point is around the gay neighbourhood in Chueca, where the bars spill out into the streets, and free outdoor concerts take place.

The annual WE Pride Festival in July is another huge party highlight in Madrid. It is 5 days of parties with the biggest brands and famous DJs.

During the winter months, there is another huge gay party: the We Party New Year Festival. This is the biggest gay winter event in Europe, with around 20,000 people attending to see in the New Year.

The gay clubs of Chueca always have a party taking places every weekend. The main ones are Boite, DLRO, MalaMala, Kluster and Baila Cariño. Just one word of advice, the Madrileños LOVE to party till the early hours of the next day – so fact in a disco nap before heading out!

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Morning at Puerta Del Sol, Madrid – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , June 11th, 2017

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Puerta del Sol is the centre of Madrid. In here, you’ll find the Kilometre Zero slab of Spain’s 6 national roads. One weekend morning, I walked here from my apartment and found out that this place is a hangout of people with hangover from a night of partying. There were many of them sleeping, chatting and sitting on the circular foundation of the statue in different states of drunkeness. They were all waiting for the metro to open so they could go home and hibernate.

Puerta del Sol or Gate of the Sun is a public and business square in the city of Madrid. During Pride celebrations, the square is a main thoroughfare of wild events, parties, and protests.

The clock tower, built in the 18th century, is the main attraction when Madrilenos do their countdown to the New Year. The event is shown on national television.

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Eating Out: Madrid

Author: , April 2nd, 2017

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There’s no stopping “la marcha,” or the lust that urban Spaniards possess for socializing deep into the night. Devoted practitioners of this time-honored art, the denizens of Spain’s capital transform with each sunset into los gatos (the cats) in pursuit of nocturnal pleasures and possibilities.

Food and drink are essential ingredients of this sensual sweep through the witching hours; while some superstitious Spaniards may cap their chimneys to keep evil spirits out, Madrileños uncork the wine and other libations with abandon. Such partying takes stamina, so along with the requisite siesta they fortify by eating up to five times a day.

Starting with coffee and staples like churros dipped in chocolate for desayuno (breakfast), the unhurried culinary procession continues with a mid-morning snack (pincho), typically a small bite. Often pre- ceded by an aperitivo of beer or vermouth, then comes the leisurely mid-afternoon lunch (la comida), the day’s largest meal. Another snack time (la merienda), provides the segue into early evening, followed by much-celebrated tapas time, when the wine and spirits start flowing, and finally a late dinner (la cena) of shared plates ahead of the midnight hour.

While traditionally lagging behind Barcelona in overall culinary star power, Madrid has bragging rights galore, including an exuberant bar culture and treasures such as Mercado de Maravillas (Market of Marvels), and from 1725, Botin, the world’s oldest continuously operating restaurant.

From the avant-garde to the classics, here are five exceptional dining experiences that await you in Madrid.

MUSEO CHICOTE
This year marks roughly 50 years since Pedro Almodóvar arrived in Madrid from La Mancha as an impoverished teenager set on becoming a filmmaker. The rest, of course, is history, with his visionary cinema providing a veritable banquet for his countless fans. The feast extends to Madrid itself, where several restaurants and bars are among his myriad shooting locations (he screened his earliest Super 8 efforts in bars around town). Making for a Almodóvar-inspired culinary mini-tour, these include punk joint-turned-tapas bar La Bobia (Labyrinth of Passions, 1982); famed flamenco bar Villa Rosa, dating to 1911 (High Heels, 1991); 1920’s-era Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes, (Kika, 1993); the Arenal Street location of popular serrano emporium chain Museo del Jamón (Live Flesh, 1997); and former brothel turned cocktail lounge Bar Cock, from 1921 (Broken Embraces, 2009).

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A Madrid Sunset – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 4th, 2017

Madrid Sunset

You can view Madrid sunset from the terrazas Circulo Las Bellas Artes. But let me say that this is not really the highest place to watch sunset in the city. The building isn’t really tall enough to see the city’s panoramic view. With an open bar and comfortable mattresses to sit on (or lay down), you can’t complain.

Well, the only thing I complained about was the €4 charge when you go up there. The food and the drinks aren’t cheap either. On a busy summer afternoon, it’s hard to get the waiter’s attention. So, after a glass of red vino, I was done. I couldn’t wait for another 15 minutes for the next glass.

Instead, I walked around and took these shots.

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Chocolateria de San Gines – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 2nd, 2017

Chocolateria de San Gines

Google a place on where to eat churros in Madrid and there’s one that stands out: Chocolateria de San Gines. It’s in an alley so it would be a bit difficult to find. But if you ask the locals around Puerta del Sol, they know where it is.

It’s a cafe both popular to the tourists and the locals. I found this place on my second day in the city but I didn’t get in because the queue was insane! I’m impatient when I’m hungry.

So, when I met up with my fab friend who I’ve never seen for years, we decided to check this cafe out. And as expected, we did line up but not for long. The only table we could get was the one in the basement. It was ok – the walls were surrounded with mirrors so, I felt pretty.

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Botin Restaurant: The Oldest Restaurant in the World – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 1st, 2017

Botin Restaurant

Botin Restaurant in Madrid is touted as the “Oldest Restaurant in the World.” Such prestige is confirmed and awarded by the Guinness World of Record. The restaurant has been serving food since 1725! Yeah, 9 more years and the restaurant will be celebrating its existence for 300 years! Wow, right?

But, let me say this: I didn’t eat here. Not because it was expensive but I forgot my wallet at my apartment and I only had €20 with me. So, I told myself that I’d be back but I got busy with my summer course.

I totally forgot this “must thing to do in Madrid.” However, most locals I talked to won’t really recommend it because it’s “for tourist only.” That’s their way of saying, “I’ve never been there.”

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The Hideout of the Robinhood of Madrid – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , December 31st, 2016

Robinhood of Madrid

The former hideout of the Robinhood of Madrid is now a restaurant – Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas. It’s right off the corner of Plaza Mayor under the arch where it was once called the “Arch of Knives.” It is believed that after his thieving acts, Luis Candelas would hide here to avoid arrest. For the less fortunate, whom he gave his loot, he is known as Don Luis. Undoubtedly, he is Spain’s version of Robinhood.

Nowadays, Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas is a famed themed restaurant. At the entrance, you will be greeted by a man dressed as Luis Candelas, the bandit. The interior is very Spanish and going in feels like stepping back in time. There are men with guitars serenading their patrons. The food was ok and – since it’s in Plaza Mayor, a touristy area, expect a price more than you expect.

But, yeah, dining here is a Spanish cultural experience! It’s fun. If you’re on a budget (like me), this is not a place for you to eat. I just had a glass of sangria and a few raciones. But, if you like to be culturally entertained at the end of your day, this place won’t disappoint you.

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Palacio Real in Madrid – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , December 26th, 2016

Palacio Real - Alain

The Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) is an epitome of opulence of the Spanish monarchy. It is the official residence of the Royal Family but it’s only used for state ceremonies of visiting dignitaries and other famed VIPs. The facade itself is as impressive as the palace interior. The queue outside is really long in the summer months. However, it’s all worth it when you see all the original artworks of Bernini and Caravaggio. They will blow your mind away – and in my case, I had goosebumps!

Travel Tip: You can avoid the queue if you buy tickets online. There’s a special entrance for those who bought online. It’s fast and most of the time, it’s door is empty. And it’s also helpful if you have an audio guide, instead of going a group tour.

The nearest metro / subway here is the Opera Station.

As you can see, the building itself screams luxury and opulence.

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El Retiro Park, Madrid – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , December 22nd, 2016

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El Retiro Park in Madrid is one place you can go when the summer heat is too much to bear. It’s a pleasant place to escape from all the academic shit I had last summer. The park has vast greenery and cool shades everywhere. But, I think the best way to explore the park is through a bicycle. Don’t make the mistake like I did – walked around for 5 hours (with rest intervals) under the searing heat. I slept that night with nasty burns on my shoulders and neck.

Here are some things to do at El Retiro Park
(aka Things I did at El Retiro)

Walk and explore the gardens. This well-manicured garden below is the most interesting and photogenic one. Look at those trees! They’re instagram-perfect, right?

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Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , December 21st, 2016

Mercado de San Miguel

Mercado de San Miguel is Madrid’s most famous food market. It’s where you can get a lot of tapas and other small food potions for €1. And they’re quiet good, too! If there are glorious food, there are good drinks, too. The market has a variety of wines, beers and cocktails. You must try their mojitos and Asturian cider! 😉

This is a market that mostly caters to tourists. You can see a few locals showing off the place to their friends. There’s always something for everyone. The market is a Spanish culinary experience. The market is clean but has limited seatings. It’s not really ideal for group gathering and stay there for long. It’s a market, so don’t expect tables and chairs for a longer, good chat.

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