• Madrid






    Plaza Mayor's colonnaded walkways trace the square

    Photo Credit: Paul Lee-Maynard


How to describe Madrid? Perhaps the most passionate city in the middle of the most passionate country? The energy and vitality that this metropolis exudes is equal to none. It’s music, dancing, very late nights, sheer craziness and a firm determination of its residents to having a good time - all fantastically rolled into one. It’s a party city - because it throws some of the best events on the planet: like its Gay Pride, now the biggest LGBT event in Europe and one that sees the whole of the city coming together to party.

When to Visit

Madrid is roughly at the centre of the Iberian peninsula at roughly 700 mt / 2,300 ft above sea level. Because of its position it has a rather continental climate, with very long, dry and hot summers and relatively cool winters, especially at night-time. During the months of June, July and August the daytime temperatures can reach and go beyond 40C/104F. Thankfully on these very hot days Madrileños can find some respite in the many parks and woodland surrounding the city.

Los Reyes Magos Parade

The arrival of the Magi
Religious Festival |  5 January

The most magical night of Christmas for everyone in Spain, especially children, is the evening of the 5th January, when the three Wise Men bring presents for everyone. A huge parade brings the Three Kings from the East, Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar, to the city centre with a message of peace and solidarity for all.



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Food Festival |  January-February

This festival is held from the end of January to the beginning of February and in 2017 it will celebrate its 7th successful year. Many restaurants & bars around the city participate with special events, menu and degustations.

For more information, visit gastrofestivalmadrid.com/


Sleazy Madrid

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Fetish Festival |  May

Sleazy Madrid has been a fixture of the fetish calendar for over 15 years now and attracts an increasingly international crowd. The highlight party is Recon ‘Full Fetish’ and held on the Saturday night.

For more information, visit sleazymadrid.com


Madrid Pride / Orgullo

LGBT Pride Festival |  July

This event has gone from strength to strength over the last decade and now it is claimed that is attended by over a million people and the largest of its kind in Europe. The parade starts in the late afternoon from Atocha Square and ends in the Colon Square where music and entertainment continue into the night. In 2017 Madrid will be the chosen city for World Pride.

For more information, visit madridorgullo.com


LGBT Film Festival |  Late October-Mid Novemer

This is the most important LGTB film event in the Spanish speaking world. In 2016, it will host the 21st edition with a complete programme of films on emotional diversity.

For more information, visit lesgaicinemad.com



Mad Bear
Fetish Festival |  December

Held at the beginning of December each year, this event for bears and their admirers features a whole week of parties and sex events in various venues in Madrid.

For more information, visit madbear.org


La Nochevieja / New Year's Eve

La Nochevieja Madrid
Cultural Festival |  31 December

La Nochevieja is celebrated in style at the Puerta del Sol, where a big party takes pace. It is tradition in Spain to eat 12 grapes at midnight, one at each stroke of the clock for good fortune in the new year.

For more information, visit nochevieja-madrid.es


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Gaytway Guide to Madrid

Getting here

Madrid is served by the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, which is the sixth in Europe for passenger traffic and lies 13 Km from Central Madrid (Puerta del Sol). There are 4 Terminals, located in two different areas. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 (the… Read more

Getting about

Madrid has an extensive metro network (www.metromadrid.es), which comprises 13 lines and 301 stations. The service is efficient and quite cheap, with fares around €1.50-2.00. If you plan to use the metro and other transports a lot then it may be… Read more


Most of the gay bars in Madrid are to be found in the Chueca district, which is the traditional heart of the LGBT community. Bear in mind that people here go out late, in fact very late, which means that they do not get busy until after midnight. Read more

Clubs & Parties

If bars get busy late, then clubs get so even later, around 2am or later. Often the entrance fee includes one free drink and it pays to look for discount flyer, often left around in bars or even around the streets around Chueca. We have listed some… Read more


Gaytway Map of Madrid

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