Madrid is known for being both a top party destination and a very gay-friendly city. Therefore, Madrid’s Gay Pride (locally known as Orgullo) is one of the biggest, most important dates for the LGBT community, as well as one the busiest events taking place in the Spanish capital.
Madrid’s Orgullo is usually held in the summer, somewhere between the end of June and the beginning of July. This massive holiday includes several events to celebrate diversity, including outdoor concerts by Spanish divas and gay icons, lots of partying, parades, and even a high heel race.
During Orgullo, Madrid’s streets blast the latest dance and pop hits and Chueca, the city’s gay neighborhood par excellence, is filled with rainbow flags, glitter, tank tops, short shorts, and people from all over the world looking to fully express themselves.
Taking into account how popular Gay Pride in Madrid is, flights to Madrid during these days can be pricey, so it is advisable to buy tickets in advance. Similarly, hotels in central areas such as Malasaña fill up quickly and rates can be astronomical.
On this post, we’ll be sharing the best areas to stay in Madrid during Gay Pride, taking into consideration their location, public transport connections, events nearby, and everything you need to know before traveling to Spain’s capital to celebrate Orgullo.
Best areas to stay in Madrid during Gay Pride
Chueca is the heart of Madrid’s Gay pride. This very central neighborhood hosts most of the Orgullo events, including the opening ceremony and the high heels race, so it is the best area to stay in Madrid during Gay Pride.
Chueca is also famous for its wide variety of LGBT clubs, bars, and restaurants, as well as for having gay hotels and gay-friendly accommodation that welcome all kinds of visitors.
Staying in Chueca during Madrid’s Gay Pride guarantee that you’ll always have something to do and see.
However, accommodation in this area is usually pricey, but especially expensive during Orgullo. Likewise, even though Chueca has plenty of hotels, hostels and everything in between, Madrid’s Gay Pride congregates up to 2 million visitors, so availability during these dates is low.
Another big benefit of staying in Chueca during Madrid’s Gay Pride is that you’ll be able to walk to every event, even those that are held in further away districts. Nonetheless, if you don’t feel like walking, this lively neighborhood also offers great metro connections.
On the other hand, staying in Chueca during Madrid’s Gay Pride means that you’ll be at the city’s most crowded and noisy area, with streets that won’t be at the most sanitary conditions. Then again, if you don’t like that, why would you go to Madrid’s Orgullo in the first place?
Accommodation options in Chueca
- Hostal Room Pride (Gay B&B)
- Hostel Era (Cheap hostel)
- PYR Select Fuencarral IV (Cozy apartment)
- Fuencarral Rooms (Basic/Midrange hotel)
- The Principal Madrid (Luxury hotel)
Malasaña is known for its alternative appeal and for being Madrid’s hipster neighborhood par excellence.
It was on the streets of Malasaña that La Movida Madrileña, a social and cultural movement from the late 70s/early 80s, was born.
La Movida changed the, at the time, conservative Spanish mindset, in order to embrace self-expression, sexuality, and diversity, which is why Malasaña is treasured as one the friendliest, most liberal areas of Madrid.
Located west of Chueca, Malasaña is also one of the best areas to stay in Madrid during Gay Pride since it allows visitors to be right next to the action.
In fact, Malasaña and Chueca are so close that people, sometimes, refer to them as the same neighborhood, separated by the pedestrian Fuencarral street.
There are several gay and gay-friendly hotels in Malasaña, and, similarly to Chueca, prices rise and availability decreases as the Orgullo dates approach.
There’s a great variety of LGBT-oriented bars and gay-friendly nightclubs that are worth checking out to discover a more alternative side of Madrid’s gay scene. Metro connections are also available.
Accommodation options in Malasaña
- Hostal La Zona (Gay B&B)
- Malasaña Fantastic – Madflats Collection (Cozy apartment)
- Abalú Boutique & Design Hotel (Boutique-style hotel)
3. Paseo del Prado – Recoletos
Paseo del Prado is one of the best areas to stay in Madrid during Gay Pride because it is the starting point and main thoroughfare of the Orgullo parade.
It is also in Paseo del Prado that you’ll find the only upscale gay hotel in Madrid, Axel hotel, offering luxury accommodation for the LGBT community, while also being hetero-friendly.
In between parties, you can enjoy the many tourist attractions in this area, including the world-famous Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, known as the triangle of art, as well as the Retiro Park.
If you’re traveling through Spain and Europe, you could benefit from staying in Paseo del Prado since it is close to the Atocha train station, which connects with most Spanish provinces and cities like Paris and Lisbon.
Paseo del Prado is no further than a 20 minute-walk to Chueca at the most, while Recoletos, which is an extension of Paseo del Prado, borders Chueca on the east, so you won’t be missing any of the Orgullo action if you stay in this area.
There are also different metro stations in the area.
Accommodation around Paseo del Prado
- Axel Hotel Madrid (Luxury gay hotel)
- Hostal Bruña (Cheap B&B)
- El Hogar del Prado (Apartment next to El Retiro park)
Although Sol isn’t a neighborhood per se, it is the name for the area surrounding Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s busiest square, and a great place to stay during Orgullo.
Located in the heart of Madrid’s central district, staying in Sol during Gay Pride, you’ll be at just a 15-minute walk from Chueca, Paseo del Prado and all the main events, including the Parade.
This area has some of the best public transport connections in Madrid, thanks to the Sol station, with several metro lines and short-distance trains.
As if that wasn’t enough, Sol is close to the Gran Vía, one of Madrid’s most famous avenues, and Preciados, an important shopping street.
On the other hand, Sol is one of the best areas to stay in Madrid for sightseeing.
One of the most important attractions in the area is the Casa de Correos, the oldest building around Puerta del Sol that used to be the city’s main post office, and is now the headquarters of the Spanish capital’s regional government.
Sol is home to some gay and gay-friendly accommodation options.
Accommodation around Puerta del Sol
- Gay Hostal Puerta del Sol Madrid (Gay B&B)
- Apartment Madrid Sol Studio (Perfectly-located apartment)
- Hotel Europa (Mid-range hotel)
Lavapiés is one of the best areas to stay in Madrid during Gay Pride since it hosts its own version of pride, known as Orgullo Crítico.
Held on the same dates, Orgullo Crítico showcases a more alternative side of Madrid’s Gay Pride, with events that have a political, anti-capitalist undertone.
This hipster-friendly neighborhood is home to many gay bars and clubs that welcome all kinds of people, so it is also a good area to stay for nightlife.
Although it is not as central as the districts mentioned above, Lavapiés has metro stations that connect it to other areas of Madrid.
However, Lavapiés is at just a 25-minute walk from Chueca, and is also very pedestrian-friendly, like most of the city. Therefore, moving to other neighborhoods is not a complicated task.
Furthermore, one of the main benefits of staying in this area is that hotels in Lavapiés are cheaper, which will, for sure, come in handy if you’re traveling with a smaller budget.
Accommodation in Lavapiés
- ibis budget Madrid Centro Lavapies (Budget hotel)
- Artrip Hotel (Midrange/Boutique hotel)
- 2060 The Newton Hostel (Cheap hostel)
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