If you're into numbers then Madrid is really hitting them. With the biggest Pride events in Europe and the third biggest Pride in the world, it's no surprise that the Spanish Capital is a great destination choice. Madrid has some of the most beautiful parks ever seen, with picturesque fountains, it's perfect for a relaxing picnic lunch before you spend the day touring incredible palaces and museums featuring the likes of Goya and Picasso.
Wandering the breathtaking Gran Via is another perfect way to spend the day in this decadent city, with your every day go to shops, luxury boutiques, bars and restaurants mingling together in the hustle and bustle of Spanish life.
If you don't mind rich, thick and tasty, you definitely have to stop off for churros after sampling all the other culinary delights that Madrid has to offer.
Flamenco your way into the nightlife with perfect gay spots being in the open and liberal Chueca where you'll be able to dance the night away in a beautifully traditional setting
Madrid has such a diverse range of bars to choose from. It all depends on your plans!
There's the cool and cosy Cazador, perfect for relaxing midweek drinks. Thinking of heading somewhere more lively before hitting the clubs? Then you'll want the vibrant La Kama which may start off as a bar but soon gets a club feel itself later into the night. There are even places for live indie music like Gris or catching a drag show bar like LL Bar.
Wherever you go, if you're up for a club afterwards then Black & White is a must. It's one of the longest-running gay bars in the city with two floors and three bars, open until the wee hours of the morning and with some of the best guests and artists from all over Madrid, it really is the place to be!
Pro tip: Madrid is the home city of WE Party. It's famous for its spectacular events with incredible DJ's and drop-dead gorgeous dancers. Usually hosted at La Riviera Club, if you see that We Party are on during your stay, then YOU party for sure!
There's a whole host of lesbian bars too, like Fulanita de Tal which is an absolute MUST in Madrid for any electronica/house fans. There's also TRUCO and ESCAPE but get there early, you can always expect a queue at weekends!
In the late 70s, Spain’s LGBT community rejoiced as homosexual activity was legalised across the country. All this meant was that they could no longer be sent down for going down after a night out – something they’d been doing since the beginning of time anyway!
Today, Spain is one of the most liberal countries in the world in terms of LGBT freedoms. In fact, according to a 2013 study by Pew Research Centre, a whopping 88% of Spanish citizens accept homosexuality. Join us in raising a glass to Spain who came out on top (or so to speak) against the 38 other countries who were polled!