It’s official: pride season is in full swing. To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Airbnb to take a closer look at a different gaybourhood in a different city every day this week.
Today, we chat to English teacher Lloyd Weston about the jewel in the crown of openminded Madrid: the vibrant and fashionable Chueca, found within the Justicia district.
How long have you lived in Chueca?
I have lived in Chueca for two years.
What are your favourite gay bars in Chueca?
La Kama (on Calle Gravina) and Delirio (on Calle Libertad).
What is the best thing about your neighbourhood?
The neighbourhood is alive 24 hours a day, safe, open to everyone (everyone!). It’s all the best things of a small village in a European metropolitan city.
What is the secret gem of Chueca?
The small restaurants and bars on the streets not in but around the square, the hospitality and the quiet corners to have anything from tea to a three-course meal and always feel welcome and invited.
What is your favourite part of Pride weekend?
Inviting everyone from around the world to our neighbourhood. The streets are pedestrianized and Madrid opens up and reaches out to everyone. It is Madrid’s biggest party, and the openminded straight community of Madrid come to join the fiesta!
If you had to create a float for Pride, what would it be and why?
If I had to create a float… I would create the ‘plaza’, Chueca square, with a small representation of each of the remarkable locations, bars and restaurants from Chueca, of course, with their sexy waiters and bar staff. The only way to represent Chueca in full is by representing it with its people.
Madrid Pride takes place from July 1 to July 5