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An Open-Air Walk, The LGBTQ District

Madrid, Spain

Experience hosted by Paul

90 minsHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Private groups available for up to 23.
Includes drinks

What you'll do

COVID NEW ALL 2020 = We now only go in groups of max of 4 people (max 8 if from the same social bubble). Gel, Masks, Gloves, Soap, Hot Water all provided.

Walk through the narrow streets seeing hidden points of interest in the LGBTQ (Rainbow flag) district.

As we walk, I will tell you the story of how LGBTQ people in Spain were imprisoned under the Franco dictatorship during many years of the last century.

Let me take you through the history of Madrid's Gay district Chueca, established during the 80's & 90's of the last century and what has happened to this vibrant neighborhood since the Millennium, throughout the financial crisis starting in 2007, & what the locals expect of tomorrow.

I will show you the sights and introduce you to the people and pioneers of the first Gay cafes, bookstores, bathhouses, furniture shops, & other relevant businesses and I will explain why for many years Chueca has been known as the shoe shopping district of the whole capital city.

So, its a history walk to see both well known & hidden places, followed by a delicious Vermouth or Wine in a 103 year old bodega.
Other things to note
Light walking involved, no more than 1/2 mile in 1 hour. (1.5 hour experience).
Suitable for people with mobility restrictions.

Tips - Graciously accepted, not obligatory, so I'm very happy that most people just give a fair review.
COVID NEW ALL 2020 = We now only go in groups of max of 4 people (max 8 if from the same social bubble). Gel, Masks, Gloves, Soap, Hot Water all provided.

Walk through the narrow streets seeing hidden points of interest in the LGBTQ (Rainbow flag) district.

As we walk, I will tell you the story of how LGBTQ people in Spain were imprisoned under the Franco dictatorship during many years of the last century.

Let…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Vermouth, or wine, or beer, or soft/soda drinks

Meet your host, Paul

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 23 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Madrid resident for 2 decades (Im from Manchester) Qualifiied teacher and experienced tour guide. Airbnb LGBTQ Tapas Tour guide & LGBTQ bar hop experience host.

The reason I love Airbnb experiences is becuase I get to spend time with lots of happy people on vacation & I love meeting people from around the world.

Ex- licensee of LGBTQ bars and clubs in my home city of Manchester.

I am constantly working with the local Chueca community to keep the Madrid LGBTQ history alive. I want to show you the Madrid LGBTQ story.

I walked the whole Camino de Santiago 800km in 33 days! (eating, drinking and food writing along the way!)
Madrid resident for 2 decades (Im from Manchester) Qualifiied teacher and experienced tour guide. Airbnb LGBTQ Tapas Tour guide & LGBTQ bar hop experience host.

The reason I love Airbnb experiences is becuase I get to spend time with lots of happy people on vacation & I love meeting people from around the world.

Ex- licensee of LGBTQ bars and clubs in my home city of Manchester.

I am constantly working with the local Chueca community to keep the Madrid LGBTQ hist…
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Where you'll be

Hidden historic points along the narrow residential streets going into the LGBTQ community.
Go Inside local LGBTQ businesses see the pioneers, creators & developers of The Gay Chueca district.
Visit a 1917 old bodega vermouth bar.
Thomas
March 2020
Can't remember a tour I have ever been on where the guide was so personable and genuinely interested in me. Paul's easy manner will make you feel comfortable immediately. He is a wealth of information, and not just about Madrid. You will find no better guide than Paul, and you will not find any other tour where you have this much fun!
Can't remember a tour I have ever been on where the guide was so personable and genuinely interested in me. Paul's easy manner will make you feel comfortable immediately. He is a w…
Fahad
October 2019
Excellent experience! Paul is friendly and considerate. I learned new and interesting tid bits about el barrio de Chueca. I would recommend it to friends who are visiting.
Glen
October 2019
A truly wonderful experience. Great company, great food and wine, and beautiful countryside. Included a great meal in the host's home which dates back to the 1400's and is built below a midevil castle. My partner and I highly recommend this experience
A truly wonderful experience. Great company, great food and wine, and beautiful countryside. Included a great meal in the host's home which dates back to the 1400's and is built…
Randi
July 2019
My partner and I had a great time! We felt like we were able to see and hear about a lot that we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
Rasmussen /
July 2019
Do it before it's too late! Chueca and it's surroundings are changing faster these days, so don't miss the chance to learn about the culture and history all LGBT's are part of.
Sarah
July 2019
Paul was a WONDERFUL host with a rich and diverse perspective. He was very inclusive, warm, and helped us discover a part of Madrid I don’t think we could have done on our own! If you’re looking for a genuinely unique experience and love art, culture, history, LGBTQIA+ pride, and a proper drink, you HAVE to book this incredible experience. I would literally do it again.
Paul was a WONDERFUL host with a rich and diverse perspective. He was very inclusive, warm, and helped us discover a part of Madrid I don’t think we could have done on our own! If…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

comfortable shoes, raincoat, or sun screen, water, warm clothes in winter.