Madrid is the main capital of Spain for LGTB – Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual– tourism.
Fuencarral Street and Chueca neighbourhood, the Mecca of the homosexual community all over the World, similar to Castro area in San Francisco, has many gay entertainment options and it has become a modern worldwide referent in Madrid. It is the gay zone par excellence where the rainbow flags welcome the visitor. Bars, restaurants, clubs, cafes, book shops, hairdressing salons, etc. open their doors to all the tourists since they are not exclusive for LGTB public. The neighbourhood and their terraces are full of all kinds of people.
As an evidence of the open and welcoming character of Madrid, the LGTB leisure is not exclusive from Chueca and surroundings; it also expands to other areas of the capital. You will find clubs, pubs, taverns and cafés with a gay atmosphere in the heart of the city: in Plaza del Carmen (Carmen Square), between Callao, Sol and Gran Vía, in the bohemian and multicultural Lavapiés neighbourhood. There are night clubs with an exclusive, psychedelic and avant-garde decorations, where besides listening to selected music, you can enjoy a theatre production, delight yourself with flamenco or see beautiful people. If you are looking for this kind of environment, even for Sunday “cañas” (beers), which can take up to 3 in the morning, come to La Latina, to establishments in Paloma street or Calatrava street.
Madrid hosts many events every year dedicated to entertainment, culture and sports focused on this collective, like World Pride in 2017, the 31st Annual World IGLTA Convention and the Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Film Festival (LesGaiCineMad). But MADO (Madrid Pride) is the highest benchmark of Madrid that ends with a very popular parade, where colourful carriages in the city centre gather more than one million people.