Traveling to Spain this Summer

  • jessetriguy

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    Mar 18, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    Hey guys. I am planning to visit Madrid in late June early July this year. I would like to stay close to the action, gay, touristy stuff, and public transportation. Any recommendations on accommodations and area? Hotel, bed and breakfast or apartments?
  • jessetriguy

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    Mar 19, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    Definitely one of the top gay capitals of the world but in addition to the gay stuff I really want to see the sites in the city. Just need advice on a good area that's close to everything.
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    Mar 19, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    I can't help much when it comes to Madrid, but if you decide to visit Barcelona I am your man of wisdom. Since they are so close and inexpensive to travel there, barcelona should be on your travel plans. And I'll be returning to Spain this coming June so go figure...!!
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    Mar 19, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
    Aggieboy saidI can't help much when it comes to Madrid, but if you decide to visit Barcelona I am your man of wisdom. Since they are so close and inexpensive to travel there, barcelona should be on your travel plans. And I'll be returning to Spain this coming June so go figure...!!


    Actually I am starting my trip in Barcelona then Sitges then to Madrid and on to Gran Canaria. Would appreciate ideas on all areas. Thanks
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    Mar 19, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    FagneticSpermeability saidI'm J E A L O U S ! ! ! ! ! !

    I love going to Spain.

    The gay area in Madrid is called La Chueca or simply "Chueca."

    It's a pretty happening area and is very close to La Gran Vía which sort of reminds me of Chicago's Michigan Ave. The gay area is in the heart of a lot of hustle and bustle and there are shops everywhere to spend money.

    I personally don't care for the gay area of Madrid. But from my observation I'm within the minority. It is a very crowded area and very popular.


    Thanks for the info. I will check it out! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 03, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    I lived in Madrid and it was truly the best experience!

    As for where to stay, I don't think Madrid has good hostels, I've never been in one because I had my own apartment. So, try to find a hotel somewhere in Sol, along Gran Via, or Plaza Major. That's where you'll find all the attractions.

    In Madrid, everything is accessible by metro, which is very easy to navigate and pretty cheap and safe! I'm pretty sure the Madrid metro system is one of the best in Europe too - so please take the metro when you can! Save the euros and make use of the metro. The metro closes pretty late, so take the metro to go to the clubs and bars. If you stay in Sol, you'll pretty much walk to the cafes, bars, and clubs. If you're lost, take the taxi, its pretty affordable too!

    The gay part of Madrid is Chueca, which I actually lived there before because my university had a residential contract there. It's kinda dirty, but some of the best cafes are there (for coffee). At night, it can be fun there too. But, realistic everywhere in Madrid is fun, where there is a bar, theres enjoyment. But if you enjoy drag shows and karaoke - spend time in Chueca, just stay safe!

    In terms of food, try all the tapas that you can. Enjoy them with some sangria ! and definitely find chocolate con churros if you're a chocolate lover.

    In terms of touristy stuff:
    Visit the Prado Museum
    Rein de Sofia Museum
    Retiro Park

    Theres so much I want to tell you to do, but I don't know how else to continue. Feel free to message me and I'll guide you as much as I can.

    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE ME AS A TOUR GUIDE, I LOVE MADRID SO MUCH AND I WANT YOU TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS I DID.


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    Apr 03, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
    I didn't really proof read my previous response so I'd like to clarify:

    Chueca is truly a profound place. I know I said its dirty, but it's worth a visit. A lot of fun bars, cafes. It's a lot a small area too so don't worry about getting lost!

    In generally, especially at night, don't trust Madrileños . A lot of immigrants in Madrid. And don't trust a gypsy!
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    Apr 03, 2012 5:20 AM GMT
    http://www.gayinfospain.com/gay-life-spain/gay-travel-tips/

    I think that should be helpful, I've looked it over but can't vouch for its validity since I haven't been there... yet, because I'm going to study abroad there this fall! I'm really excited to go. I'll probably check out some of those spots.
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    Apr 03, 2012 5:25 AM GMT
    thetraveler92 saidI lived in Madrid and it was truly the best experience!

    As for where to stay, I don't think Madrid has good hostels, I've never been in one because I had my own apartment. So, try to find a hotel somewhere in Sol, along Gran Via, or Plaza Major. That's where you'll find all the attractions.

    In Madrid, everything is accessible by metro, which is very easy to navigate and pretty cheap and safe! I'm pretty sure the Madrid metro system is one of the best in Europe too - so please take the metro when you can! Save the euros and make use of the metro. The metro closes pretty late, so take the metro to go to the clubs and bars. If you stay in Sol, you'll pretty much walk to the cafes, bars, and clubs. If you're lost, take the taxi, its pretty affordable too!

    The gay part of Madrid is Chueca, which I actually lived there before because my university had a residential contract there. It's kinda dirty, but some of the best cafes are there (for coffee). At night, it can be fun there too. But, realistic everywhere in Madrid is fun, where there is a bar, theres enjoyment. But if you enjoy drag shows and karaoke - spend time in Chueca, just stay safe!

    In terms of food, try all the tapas that you can. Enjoy them with some sangria ! and definitely find chocolate con churros if you're a chocolate lover.

    In terms of touristy stuff:
    Visit the Prado Museum
    Rein de Sofia Museum
    Retiro Park

    Theres so much I want to tell you to do, but I don't know how else to continue. Feel free to message me and I'll guide you as much as I can.

    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE ME AS A TOUR GUIDE, I LOVE MADRID SO MUCH AND I WANT YOU TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS I DID.




    This is pretty much everything I recommended to my friend who just recently went to Madrid.

    Definitely watch for the gypsies. They'll use children to pick your pockets as they're "asking" you questions on a map that they've stuck in your face.

    If you like steak, I would highly recommend La Posada De La Villa which is close to the Plaza Mayor. The BEST steak I've ever had in my life. But they've got lots on their menu to choose from.

    Make sure to check out the post office in the evening. One of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. There are a couple of other buildings, but I don't remember what they are.
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    Also, the Royal Palace is beautiful during the day. There is also decent shopping along Serrano and the surrounding areas.

    Have fun!!