Gay Friendly Madrid Hotels – The Globetrotter Guys

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Madrid is well known for being a beautiful and open city and you will easily find gay friendly Madrid hotels. It’s a bit odd to need to talk about being gay friendly in Madrid and we would use the term quite loosely here.

The city is so open and such a safe haven for gay travellers that we can say with confidence that pretty much all hotels will welcome all types of traveller without batting an eyelid.

It feels like asking the question ‘is your hotel gay friendly‘ is a bit redundant in Madrid and you would probably get some quizzical looks for asking – it feels ingrained in the culture here.

However, there are always hotels that are naturally more popular with the gay community, whether because of their brand or by their proximity to the gay area of Madrid.

We have focused on hotels that are in close proximity to the city centre and Chueca (the gay district). Here is our shortlist of gay friendly and gay hotels in Madrid to book for your next trip:

Axel Hotel Madrid – Adults Only

If you are looking for a hotel that falls in the category of ‘gay hotel’ then look no further. Having stayed at Axel Hotels in Berlin and Gran Canaria this would be our first choice, especially since it is specifically aimed at gay travellers and brands itself as ‘hetero-friendly’. The rooms are stylishly decorated, insta-worthy and come with the very cheeky ‘do disturb’ signs if you want to hang them on your doors!

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Gay Madrid – The Globetrotter Guys

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The main gay area in Madrid is called Chueca and is named after Federico Chueca who could be considered Madrid’s first gay icon.

The area spans about 1km north of Gran Via (one of the main streets) and east to west between Calle Hortaleza and Paseo de Recoletos. The main bulk of gay bars in Chueca are found within ten minutes walking distance of Plaza De Chueca – where the metro station is found.

Chueca is walkable from the ‘city centre’ (Plaza Del Sol) or just a couple of metro stops. It is obvious you have arrived in the gay area given that the walls of the metro station in Chueca are painted floor to ceiling in rainbows!

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What will you find in Chueca?

Being the main gay area in Madrid, Chueca is home to the majority of the gay bars and clubs(20+), many gay oriented shops, coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, gay saunas and cruising clubs. There is plenty to do to keep you busy!

It is also where you will find one of the many main stages and performance areas during Madrid Pride as Chueca becomes the focal point of the city and a vibrant hub of activity during this time.

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Madrid Gay Shopping – The Globetrotter Guys

Addicted & ES Madrid

When it comes to gay shops in Madrid, the majority are focused on clothing and apparel showcasing some of the best gay clothing brands around such as Addicted and ES Collection.

Madrid’s gay scene is unapologetically sexualised, so it’s no surprise that these shops reflect that scene. The list gay shops in Madrid below focuses on shops found in the gay area of Madrid, Chueca. This is also where you will find the majority of the gay bars and clubs in Madrid.

It is definitely worth checking out these gay shops and picking up some new gear when visiting Madrid, we don’t have many of these shops on offer at home in the UK!

Gay Shops in Madrid

One of our favourite brands for swimwear, Addicted and ES Collection are both high quality Spanish brands. The shops sells everything from underwear, to swimwear, t-shirts, vests/tanks, shorts, jeans, sports gear and Addicted now also has a fetish collection.

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Gay Spain – The Best Gay Cities – The Nomadic Boys

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Madrid Pride…Barcelona Circuit…Sitges gay nude beaches…Gran Canaria Yumbo Centre…a mere humble sprinkling of gay highlights happening across Spain each year!

We’ve been coming to Spain religiously every year since we came out as baby gays. We love it here. Not only is it one of the most gay friendly countries in the world, but there is always a fantastic party taking place across all the major cities and islands. Spain also has some of the world’s most famous gay parties like Madrid Pride (one of the largest Pride events in the world) and Barcelona’s Circuit Party (the biggest international gay festival in the world).

Whilst Spain hosts some of the best mega parties on our planet, what we also love about the country is the variety of different events on offer. So whilst the muscle boys will thrive at the Circuit parties, bear gays and their fans are also spoilt for choice in Spain. The country has some of the biggest and best bear events, in particular, the Bear Carnival in Gran Canaria every March, and the Sitges Bear Week every September.

In short, the Spanish know how to throw a decent party…especially a gay party! These are some of the best places in Spain to check out for gay events and parties:

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 not only one of the best Pride events in the world but also one of the largest. Every year, around 3-4 million people descent on the Spanish capital from all around the world. 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.

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Best Spain Gay Pride Events – The Nomadic Boys

Best Spain Gay Pride Events - The Nomadic Boys

Shirtless men dancing on floats. Drag queens lip-syncing for their lives. Friends running through the streets with faces smeared in glitter and dressed in rainbow colours!

Pride is as much a party as it is a protest. Often used to highlight issues where LGBTQ citizens are not granted the same rights as their straight peers, such as blood donation, the existence of conversion therapy, or loose discrimination laws, the Pride march is a fantastic way to get society to listen up, and address the issues at hand.

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Five Gay Spanish Party Cities – The Nomadic Boys

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

Puerta del Sol, Madrid - Alain

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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Madrid Plaza Mayor – Keep Calm and Wander

Madrid Plaza Mayor

Madrid Plaza Mayor is one of the most visited public spaces in the city. Though this square is infested with tourists from all over the world, it still oozes with a cultural vibe that the city is know for. This place is both loved and frequented by locals and strangers in the city. Despite its dark history, the square remains a must-go to when you’re in Madrid.

The main square has been through a lot of name changes. It was originally called Plaza del Arrabal, then it became known as: Plaza de la Constitucion, Plaza Real, Plaza de la Republica, etc…

The plaza was once used as a venue for bullfighting, soccer games, and fiesta celebration to honour Madrid’s Patron Saint, San Isidor. And most of all, it’s a witness to the brutality of the Spanish Inquisition.

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A Madrid Sunset – Keep Calm and Wander

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

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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