Chueca: a gay destination with something for everyone
Chueca is the most gay-friendly area of the Spanish capital and is in itself a good enough reason for a getaway to Spain. Sometimes small miracles take place in cities. Thanks, amongst other things to the contribution of the gay community, over time this neighbourhood has become a vital destination on account of its undeniable tourism and leisure options. Here are a few suggestions. Take note.
In the very heart of Madrid, just a few minutes from Puerta del Sol, you will find Chueca, a neighbourhood famous for being home to Madrid’s most concentrated gay population, and for being an area where everyone is welcome. Its social and cultural diversity make it one of the most cosmopolitan and attractive areas of the capital. Tradition and modernity live side by side in its streets. You will want to enjoy it to the full and perhaps even stay on to live there. In Chueca you can take a look at fashion shops with the most exclusive clothing. If you want to check out the latest styles and trends, then we would recommend you head for Fuencarral Market, on the street of the same name. Here you will find more than fifty shops and stalls with the latest in clothing, hairdressers cutting the most modern styles, jewellers and up-to-the-minute music shops. Otherwise, if you prefer, you can enjoy a range of events such as concerts and film projections, all in an unusual venue with industrial décor. Neither should you miss the shops set around famous Plaza de Chueca square, where there are specialist bookshops, art galleries and the most avant-garde shoe shops. Generally speaking, throughout the Chueca neighbourhood trendy is the key word. If you feel like sitting down for a drink after exploring the streets, then you will see what a wide variety there is to choose from. Modern cafés, fashionable bars and open-air terraces are the different options available. If you prefer to have a proper lunch or dinner, then Chueca is home to many of Madrid’s best restaurants, where you can have everything from the most traditional tapas through to the most intricate dishes. You can choose from home-style restaurants, romantic venues to take your partner to or establishments where electronic music will have you dancing as you eat – ideal for going out with friends. But that is not all… By night, Chueca becomes one of Madrid’s most fun and happening areas. Whatever your nightlife preferences, here you will find a place to suit you because the area has all kinds of different venues. Bars are open until the early hours of the morning. And for the real party animals there are many options to continue the nightlife once the sun has come up. For all these reasons and many more, we suggest a trip to Chueca, an experience of fun and freedom that will leave you hungry for more.