Gay Spain -- Feel the Passion
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Homosexuality in Spain was legalized when the National Constitution was
promulgated in 1978. Within the last 15 years, Spanish attitudes toward
homosexuality have dramatically changed. Spanish gays and lesbians are
coming out, and truly gay renaissance is taking place. Today, almost every
town in Spain, wether large or small, has its gay bars and gay community
centers. Gay magazines, newspapers and radio programs have appeared almost
in every city. Most major cities, including Barcelona, València, Vitoria,
and Madrid have passed partnership laws, giving same sex couples almost the
same rights as heterosexual couples enjoy. In 1995 Spain became the first
latin country to add to its Penal Code a clause forbidding discrimination in
housing and employment based on sexual orientation, as well as to strengthen
punishments on crimes based on hate towards gays and lesbians. Moreover,
there is currently a bill in the Spanish Parliament, awaiting passage, that
would establish partnership rights to same sex couple on the national level.
If the law passes, Spain will become the third country in the European Union with such a law in its books.
Spain has for years been Europe's most visited destination, and this is
also true among Europe's gay community. The island of Ibiza and the town of
Sitges (south of Barcelona) are very popular during the summer months,
while Playa del Ingles in the Canary Islands, is hopping with German and
Dutch gays year-round. Spanish night life is famous throughout all of
Europe. People don't go out before 10 or 11 pm, and the fiestas don't end until around 6 or 7 am. It is not uncommon to see traffic jams in the
streets of Madrid or Barcelona at 4am on a Friday or Saturday night.
Spain has come a long way in the last 15 years. A new dawn of tolerance,
social justice and freedom is emerging. The doors of the closets are widen
open, never to be closed again.
The following guide is an introduction to what gay Spain has to offer yet,
it is only the tip of the iceberg. As the gay community is growing so fast,
any guide featuring the whole country would become obsolete within months.
If you plan to visit any part of the county that is not featured in this
guide, we recommend that upon arrival in Spain, you contact one of the
major gay and lesbian organizations, who will be more than happy to help
and tell you the best places to see where you are visiting.
Thank you for your interest in Spain, we can assure you that your trip will
be an unforgettable experience.
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Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the second largest city in Spain.
It has always been the most cosmopolitan and commercial city in the
country. This is primarily due to the fact that it has always been open to
foreign influences and ideas. Through Barcelona, Spain was exposed to the
ideas of the Renaissance and the French Revolution. Catalonians have always
been known for being on the forefront of all the cultural movements in
Spain. Artists and singers like Dalí, Miró, Gaudí and Montserrat Caballé
are all natives of Catalonia. It is because of this entepreneurial and
artistic spirit that Barcelona has always had a very active and properous
The following hotels are mainstream properties that openly welcome gay and
GRAN HOTEL CATALONIA, C/ Balmes 142-146. A beautiful 5 star hotel, located
in the heart of Barcelona and very close to many gay bars. Tel. 415-9090,
BARCELONA PLAZA HOTEL, Plaça d'Espanya 6-8. Four star hotel located across
from the Montjuïc castle and fairgrounds. Tel. 426-2600, fax: 426-0400.
HOTEL DUQUES DE BERGARA, C/ Bergara 11. Four stars hotel located in the
heart of old Barcelona. It is within walking distance to the cathedral and
the ghotic neighbourhood. Tel. 301-5151, fax: 317-3442.
HOTEL ROMA, Avinguda de Roma 31. Charming 4 star hotel right next to the
Sants train station, and very close to the city center. Tel. 410-6633,
HOTEL ALBENIZ, C/Aragó 591-593. Quaint 3 star hotel located near the city
center. Tel. 265-2626, fax: 265-4007.
HOTEL MIKADO, Passeig de Bonanova 58,Three star hotel located in a beautiful residential area.
Ideal for business travelers. Tel. 211-4166, Fax: 211-4210.
BAHIA, C/Séneca 12. Mixed M/F.
DIFFERENT, C/Balmes 116. Tel. 215-9351. Mixed M/F.
CAFE DE LA CALLE, C/Vic 11. Mostly men, coffee shop and cocktails.
ESTE BAR, C/Consell de Cent 257. Mixed M/F. Very popular in early evening.
IMAGINE'S, C/Marià Cubí 4. Mixed M/F.
LA LUNA, Av. Diagonal 323. Mostly men, dance.
LA NOSTRA ILLA, C/Reig i Benet 3. Primarily women.
LA ROSA, C/Brusi 39 (Passatge). Tel. 414-6166. Mixed M/F.
MEMBER'S, C/Séneca 3. Tel. 237-1204. Mixed M/F.
NEW CHAPS, Av. Diagonal 365. Tel. 215-5365. Only men, dance. Hours:
5pm-3am. It claims to be a leather bar, but it is more of a macho/levi place.
OH! PATMOS, C/Pádua 68. Tel. 212-1100. Mixed M/F.
PADAM PADAM, C/Rauric 9. Tel. 305-5062. Mixed M/F, coffee shop and
PUNTO BCN, C/Muntaner 63-65. Tel. 453-6123. Cocktails, music
videos, hours: 6pm-3am. Extremely popular. Very nice classy bar.
QUE TE DIJE!, Riera de Sant Miquel 55. Mostly men.
ROMA, C/Alfons XII 41. Mostly men. Coffee shop and cocktails.
SATANASSA, C/Aribau 27. Mixed M/F. Dance.
KISS, C/Bruniquer 59-61. Tel. 450-3675. Mixed M/F. Dance, shows. Hours:12am-5am.
MARTIN'S, Passeig de Gracia 130. Tel. 218-7167. Mostly men. Dance shows, music videos. Hours: 12am-5am.
METRO, C/Sepúlveda 185. Mixed M/F. Dance, music videos, shows. Huge night
club, very popular between 2am and 4 am. Two dance floors. One with night anglo
music, the other with modern Spanish pop. Mostly men.
TALLER, C/Mèxic 7-9. Mostly men. Dance, music videos. Very popular between
4 am and 7am. People come to Taller after Metro. Expect long lines to enter
around 5 am. Two floors, each one with its own music.
TATU, C/Cai Celi 7. Tel. 425-3350. Mostly men. Dance, music videos. Older
clientele, 50's and up.
TOPXI, C/València 358. Mostly men. Dance, shows. Hours: 10pm-5am.
Doble M, C/Torrijos 30. Tel. 219-9439
LA MORERA, Plaça Sant Agustí 1.
EL PATI, C/Amargós 13. Tel. 302-0036
LITTLE ITALY, C/del Rec 30. Tel. 319-7973 and 319-2860. One of the best
Italian restaurants in Barcelona.
TULA, C/Sant Hermenegild 3. Tel. 202-3066.
CONDAL. C/Espolsasacs 1. Tel. 301-9680. Private health club for men. Sauna,
jacuzzi, lounge, TV room. Very clean.
CASANOVA, C/Casanova 57 (corner with Diputació). Private health club for
men. Sauna, lounge. TV room.
CROSSING, C/Estruc 24. Tel. 318-0638. Imported fashion. New and used 501 Levis.
LIBIDO HOME, C/Roger de Llúria 82. Tel. 459-3568. Mens underwear and accessories.
MAN's BCN, C/Valldonzella 49. Tel. 301-5419. specialists in leather clothing and accessories.
ZEUS GAY SHOP, C/Riera Alta 20. Tel. 442-9795. Magazines, videos. Good
place to get information on what's happening in Barcelona during your stay.
CÓMPLICES, C/Cervantes 2 (corner with Avinyó). Tel. 412-7283. Hours:
10:30am-8:30pm. Monday through Saturday. Books, magazines, T-shirts,
INFORMATION AND SERVICES
COORDINADORA GAI-LESBIANA, C/Buenaventura Muñoz, 4. Tel 309-7997
900 ROSA, 900-601-601. Toll free gay hotline. Monday-Sunday: 6pm-10pm.
Fridays 9pm-11pm hiv+ hotline.
CASAL LAMBDA, C/Ample 5. Tel. 412-7272
COL·LECTIU GAI DE BCN, C/Paloma 12. Tel. 318-1666
FAGC, C/Villarroel 62. 3rd floor. 1st. Apt. Tel. 454-6398
EXODE, Catalonian Christian gays. PO Box 854. Barcelona 08080. Tel. 398-1684
ACTUA, C/Gomis 38. Association for HIV + people. Tel 418-5000
ACT UP BCN, C/Villarroel 62, 3rd floor. 1st apt. Tel. 454-2048. Hours: Wed-Fri 7pm-9pm.
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The Canary Islands, due to geographical location, enjoy one of the best
climates in the world. The average high temperature year round is in the
mid to upper seventies, with lows in the sixties. It is not only the
perfect place to escape from the cold winters of northern Europe or the
United States, but also the ideal place to visit during the summer, and
escape from North America's sweltering summer heat.
Gay life in the Canary Islands focuses primarily in the beach resort area of
the Playa del Inglés. Within the last 5 years, this area has become
Europe's hottest gay destination. Nightlife is concentrated primarily
in the Centro Comercial Yumbo, located in the heart of the Playa del Inglés.
Nightlife doesn't start until well after 10pm. People usually go first to the bars
located on the fourth floor. After 3am the crowd moves to the
second floor where most of the after-hours clubs are located. The partying doesn't end until dawn.
The gay beach is located close to the Maspalomas area. The fastest and most
popular access to the gay beach is by crossing the dunes, which is also a
place to meet and socialize. To find your way to the gay beach just go to
the Hotel Riu Palace and follow the crowd. We assure you you will not get
PLAYA DEL INGLES-GRAN CANARIA
CAFE BAR BERLIN, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 3rd. floor. Mostly men.
CAFE LA BELLE, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 2nd. floor. Mostly men. Shows.
CAFE MARLENE, Centro Comercial Cita, 2nd. floor. Mostly men. Highly
recommended for an early afternoon cafe before or after dinner.
CENTRE STAGE, Centro Comercial Yumbo. Mostly men.
CLAUDIO'S CAFE, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 2nd. floor. Mostly men. Food.
COCKPIT, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 2nd. floor. Mostly men. Food.
CLAXX, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 4th. floor. Mostly men.
COME IN, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 2nd. floor. Mostly men.
COME BACK, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 2nd. floor. Mostly men.
CONTACT, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 2nd. floor. Mostly men.
DOUBLE I, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 1st. floor. Mostly men.
HUMMEL HUMMEL, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 1st. floor. Mostly men.
LA CAXE AUX FOLLES, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 1st. floor. Mostly men.
MYKONOS, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 4th. floor. Mostly men.
NA UND?, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 1st. floor. Mostly men.
NESTOR BAR, Centro Comercial Yumbo. Mostly men.
SPARTACUS, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 1st. floor. Mostly men.
TUBOS, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 4th. floor. Mostly men. Very popular among
the British crowd. Packed from 11pm until 2am.
WHY NOT?, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 4th. floor. Mostly men.
WESTFALIA Bar Show, Centro Comercial Cita. Mixed M/F. Food, shows. Gay
friendly establishment. Drag shows.
KING'S CLUB, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 2nd. floor. Mostly men. Videos. Dance.
Very popular place after 2am until dawn.
METROPOL, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 4th. floor. Mostly men. Videos. Dance.
This place is the only bar on the 4th floor open until 5-6am. Constantly
AUBERGINE, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 1st floor. Mixed M/F.
BEI LELO, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 2nd floor. Mixed M/F.
BISTRO, Centro Comercial La Sandía, 2nd. floor. Mixed M/F.
EL CHACO, Centro Comercial La Sandía, 2nd floor. Mixed M/F.
VALENTIN, Centro Comercial Yumbo, 1st. floor. Mixed M/F.
LAS PALMAS - GRAN CANARIA
BRIDGE, C/Mariana de Pineda 17. Mostly men.
DERBY BAR, Zone Parque de Sta. Catalina. Mixed M/F. Outdoor cafe.
RIO BAR, Parque de Sta. Catalina. Mostly men.
VÉRTIGO, C/Martínez Escobar 38. Mostly men.
CÓMPLICE, C/Joaquin Costa 48. Tel 22-37-74. Mostly men. Dance. Hours:11pm-dawn.
FLASH, C/Bernardo de La Torre 86. Mostly men. Dance.
METAL, C/Dr. Miguel de la Rosa 37. Mostly men. Dance.
INFORMATION AND SERVICES
COLECTIVO DE GAYS Y LESBIANAS DE LAS PALAMAS, P.O. Box 707, Las Palmas de
Gran Canaria, 35080.
STA. CRUZ DE TENERIFE - TENERIFE
SUEÑOS AZULES, C/San Miguel 14. Mostly men.
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COSTA DEL SOL
The Costa del Sol is probably Spain's most famous beach resort area. It was
the first area to be developed when Spain opened its doors to foreign
tourisme during the 60's. The Costa del Sol stretches from Gibraltar to
Málaga, along Spain's southeastern coast line. It is comprised of the
following towns: Málaga (the capital of the province), Marbella, Puerto
Banús, Fuengirola and Torremolinos. Gay life in the area is concentrated in
the town of Torremolinos, where most of the bars are located. The area
enjoys a very nice climate, with mild winters and very warm summers. The
best time to visit The Costa del Sol is during the Summer months.
GRIS, C/Capitán 33. Mostly men. Hours: 10pm-6am. Closed on Tuesdays.
VILLA COLÓN, Urbanization San Pedro de Alcántara. P.O. Box 51, Nueva
Andalucía. Málaga, 29660. Tel/Fax: 281-4239. Breakfast, TV/Video, outside
lounge. Exclusively gay.
BOCCACIO, C/Puerto del Mar 7. Mostly men. Hours: 10pm-6am. Videos.
OJO, C/Puerto del Mar 9. Mostly men. Hours: 11pm-6am.
OSCARS BAR REST. C/Aduar 1. Mostly men. Food. Hours: 9pm-dawn.
PLÁTANO BAR, Ave. Antonio Belón 6. Mostly men. Hours: 9pm-3am.
ABADÍA, La Nogalera, local 521. Mostly men.
CHESSA, La Nogalera, loca 408. Mostly men. Videos, piano bar.
CHICOS, Pasaje Pizzarro s/n (basement). Tel. 237-2243. Mostly men.
CONTACTO, La Nogalera, local 204. Hours: 10pm to 5am. Mostly men, videos,
LA ALMONEDA, Ave. Manantiales 26 (Avenida Building). Hours 11pm to 6 am.
Mixed M/F. Outside bar.
MALU, La Nogalera, local 1103. Hours: 8:30pm to 3am. Mixed M/F. Outside
MEN'S BAR, La Nogalera, local 714. Hours: 10pm to 5 am. Mostly men,
POURQUOI PAS? La Nogalera, local 703. Mostly men.
SOHO, La Nogalera, local 502. Mostly men.
TENSION, La Nogalera, local 524. Hours: 10pm to 5am. Mostly men, videos.
PARTENON, La Nogalera, local 714. Mostly men.
OLYMPO, La Nogalera. Mostly men.
TRAPOS, La Nogalera. Mostly men.
MI CAFE, La Nogalera, local 713.
BAVARIA, C/de la Cruz 16-27. Mostly men. Videos, dance.
BUDY'S, C/de la Cruz. Edificio Centro Jardin. Mostly men, dance.
BRONX, C/de la Cruz. Edificio Centro Jardin. Mostly men, dance.
801, La Nogalera, local 703. Tel. 237-5796. Mostly men. Videos, dance.
SAUNA MIGUEL, C/Carlota Alessandri 166. Tel 238-8740. Hours: 4pm to 12am.
Private health club for men. TV room and lounge.
QUEEN, Paseo Marítimo 29. Mostly men.
EL CONVENTO, C/Madre de Dios 21. Mostly women.
W.C. Plaza del Teatro 31. Basement. Mixed M/F.
LA GATA LOCA, Pasaje de Campos 3. Mostly men. Hours: 10pm to 5am. Dance.
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Ibiza is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, part of the Balearic
Islands Archipelago. Since the 1960's it has been one of Spain's and
Europe's main summer destinations. Ibiza has always been very popular with
hippies, bohemians, artists, fashion designers, musicians and actors. This
is primarily due to the tolerant and friendly attitude of its inhabitants.
It was in Ibiza were top-less and nude beaches first appeared in Europe.
Today, Ibiza remains one of Europe's hottest destinations, and due to its
open anything goes attitude, it has also become one of Europe's gay hot
HOTEL DON QUIXOTE, C/Pais Vasco 12. Mixed M/F.
APARTAMENTO SAN CARLOS, C/San Carlos 13. Tel/Fax: 305-633. Mixed M/F.
APARTAHOTEL NAVILA, C/San Luis 1. Tel. 390-573. Mixed M/F.
BENIDORM, C/Sa Carrossa 11. Hours: 9pm to 3am. Mostly men.
BRONX, C/Sa Carrossa 4. Mostly men. Outdoor bar.
CATWALK, C/De la Verge 42. Tel. 314-279. Mostly men.
CRISCO, C/Ignacio Riquer 2. Tel. 301-719. Hours: 10:30pm to 4am. Mostly
men. Videos, leather, levi.
CHIRINgay, Platja d'es Cavallet. Mostly men. Outdoor bar.
GALERIA, C/de la Verge 64. Hours: 9:30pm to 3am. Mostly men.
INCOGNITO, C/Santa Llúcia 21-23. Mostly men. Outdoor bar.
JJ, C/De la Verge 79. Tel. 310-247. Mostly men. Outdoor bar. Leather/levi.
LA MURALLA, C/Sa Carrossa 3. Hours: 10pm to 4am. Outdoor bar.
NICOS, C/Ignacio Riquer 17. Mostly men.
TEATRO, C/De la Verge 83. Hours: 9pm to 3am. Mostly men. Piano bar,
WAUNAS, C/Major 9. Tel. 315-660. Mixed M/F. Outdoor bar.
ANGELO, C/Alfons XII 11. Mostly men.
ES PAS, C/Xeringa 7. Mostly men.
JUNIOR, C/Sta. Llúcia 25. Mostly men.
MUVIE, C/Major 34. Mostly men.
SA CAROSSA, C/Sa Carrossa 11. Mostly men.
ANFORA, C/San Carlos 5. Mostly men. Dance, videos.
ANGELS, Paseo Juan Carlos I. Mostly men, dance, video, piano bar,
EL BOCADITO, C/Aragon 117 A. Tel. 303-823. Mixed M/F. Cofee house and
CAFE ES PAS, C/Xeringa 7. Tel: 311-857. Mostly men. Coffee house and
MONROE'S, C/Ramon Muntaner 33. Figueretas. Tel. 304-026. Mostly men. Coffee
house, cocktails, food, piano bar.
QUESTION, C/De la Virgen 72. Mixed M/F. Coffee house and cocktails.
CENTRAL, C/De la Virgen 66. Mixed M/F. Coffee house and cocktails.
C'AN D'EN PARRA, C/San Rafael 3. Tel: 391-114. Mixed M/F.
DALT VILA, Plaça de la Villa 3. Tel: 305-524. Closed from January to
March Hours: 8pm to 1am. Mixed M/F.
EL OLIVO, Plaça de la Villa. Tel: 300-680. Mixed M/F. Outdoor lounge.
EL ESCALON, C/Santa Cruz 6. Tel: 303-279. Mixed M/F. Outdoor lounge.
FOC I FUM, C/De la Virgen 55. Tel: 313-380. Mixed M/F. Outdoor lounge.
PORTALON, Plaza Desamparados 1-2. Tel: 303-901. Mixed M/F. Outdoor lounge.
SA TORRE, C/De la Virgen 78. Tel: 313-923. Mixed M/F.
LA PLAZA, Plaça de la Villa 18. Tel: 307-617. Mixed M/F.
ROCKYS, C/De la Virgen 6. Tel: 310-107. Mixed M/F.
SA COVA, C/Santa Lucia 5. Mixed M/F.
BISTRO DALT VILA, Plaça de Sa Carrossa 15. Tel: 393-203. Mixed M/F.
NON STOP, Via Romana 48. Tel: 391-473. Books, videos.
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Madrid, the capital of Spain, is famous for its legendary nightlife.
Cosmopolitan, fast, wild, bewitching...anything and everything goes...
Madrid will captivate you beyond your wildest dreams. Beware, you may never
want to leave...
HOTEL GAUDI, Paseo de la Gran Via 9. Four star gay friendly hotel located
in the heart of city and within walking distance to most of Madrid's gay
bars and tourist atractions. Tel: 531-2222, fax: 531-5469.
AMBIENT, C/San Mateo 21. Metro Tribunal. Hours: 8pm to 2am. Mostly women. Videos, food.
AZUL, C/Pelayo 30. Metro Chueca. Mostly men.
BAJO CUERDA, C/Benito Pérez Galdós 8. Metro Chueca. Tel. 523-1901. Hours: 9pm to 3am. Mostly men.
BLACK AND WHITE, C/Libertad 34. Metro Chueca. Tel: 531-1141. Hours 8pm to
5am. Mostly men. This is one of Madrid's oldest gay bars.
CUEROS, C/Pelayo 2. Metro Chueca. Mostly men. Videos. Leather/Levi.
DANIELS, C/Hortaleza 43. Metro Chueca. Mostly men.
DUMBARTON, C/Zorrilla 7 (Behind Parliament). Mostly men. Older crowd.
DULCE O SALAO, C/Libertad 28. Metro Chueca. Tel: 532-4937.
EL SUEÑO ETERNO, C/Pelayo 37. Metro Chueca. Mostly men.
EL CANDIL, C/Hernán Cortés 21. Metro Chueca. Hours: 8pm to 3am. Mostly men. Piano bar.
EL 17, C/Recoletos 17. Metro Banco. Mostly men.
EL POSEIDON, C/Barbieri 19. Metro Chueca. Mixed M/F. Shows.
EL MOJITO, C/del Olmo 6. Metro Antón Martín. Hours: 9pm to 3am. Mostly men.
LA CIBILA, C/San Cosme y San Damián 10. Metro Lavapiés. Hours: 9pm to 3am. Closed on Mondays.
L.L., C/Pelayo 11. Metro Chueca. Mostly men. Videos. Leather/Levi.
LA BUBU, two entrances, El Cid 1 and Recoletos 11. Metro Banco. Tel:
431-2282. Hours: 10:30pm to 3am. Mostly men. Videos, shows, dance.
LEATHER BAR, C/Pelayo 42. Metro chueca. Tel: 308-1462. Hours: 8pm to 3am.
Mostly men. Videos, dance. Leather/Levi.
LE BIBLIOTHÈQUE, C/Marqués del Duero 8. Metro Banco. Mostly men.
LORD BYRON, C/Recoletos 18. Metro Alcala. Mostly men. This was a straight bar that went gay.
LUCAS, C/San Lucas 11. Metro Chueca. Mostly men.
ONLY MAN, Plaza de Chueca 1. Metro Chueca. Tel: 531-0149. Videos. Leather/Levi. Mostly men.
MADRID LA NUIT, C/Pelayo 31. Metro Chueca. Mostly men. Shows, videos.
PECCAVI, C/Gravina 13. Metro Chueca. Tel: 532-7163. Mixed M/F.
RIMMEL, C/Luís de Góngora 2. Metro Chueca.
TOTAL, Travesía de San Mateo 7. Tel: 319-4487. Mostly men.
TROYANS, C/Pelayo 4. Metro Chueca. Tel: 521-7358. Hours: 9:30pm to dawn.
Only men. Videos. Strictly Leather. Official Headquarters of the MSC
(Madrid's Leather Group). Highly recommended for the leather community.
MADRID EAGLE, C/Pelayo 30. Metro Chueca. Only men. Hours: Sunday-Thursday
6pm to 2:30am. Friday and Saturday 6pm to 3:30am. Strictly Leather/Uniform.
Dress code strictly enforced. Hihgly recommended for the leather community.
VIDEO SHOW BAR, C/Barco 32. Metro Tribunal. Tel: 522-0608. Hours:
Mondays-Saturday 4pm to 12am. Sundays 4pm to 3am. Every Sunday shows at
VERY VERY BOYS, C/Libertad 4. Metro Chueca. Mostly men.
CANDILEJAS, C/Bailén 16. Metro Ópera and/or Latina. Mixed M/F.
THE FACTORY, C/San Bartolomé 16. Metro Chueca.
LOLO'S, C/Hernán Cortés 21. Metro Chueca. Mostly men.
LA CUEVA, C/Villalar 1. Metro Banco. Mostly men.
CHINA CLUB, C/Amor de Dios 13. Metro Antón Martín. Mostly men.
RAS, C/Barbieri 7. Metro Chueca. Mixed M/F.
EL BARBERILLO DE LAVAPIES, C/Salitre 43. Metro Lavapies. Mostly women.
EMBRUJO, C/Buenavista 42. Metro Antón Martín. Mostly women.
RICKS, C/Clavel 8. Metro Gran Vía. Mostly men. Very popular bar.
WHY NOT? C/San Bartolomé 7. Metro Gran Vía. Mixed M/F.
HANOI, C/Hortaleza 79. metro Alonso Martinez. Mixed M/F.
MOROCCO, C/Marqués de Leganés 7. Metro Santo Domingo. Mixed M/F.
BOBOLO, Plaza de Chueca. Metro Chueca. Mostly women.
BAGATEL, C/Sagunto 20. Metro Iglesias. Mostly women.
FRAGIL, C/Lavapies 17. Metro Tirso de Molina. Mostly women.
LA BOHEMIA, C/Plaza de Chueca. Metro Chueca. mostly women.
SHANGAY TEA DANCE (Disco Stella), C/Arlaban 7. Metro Cibeles. Only sundays. Mostly men.
SACHAS, Plaza de Chueca 1. Metro Chueca. Hours: 7pm to 4am. Drag shows.
CON SOUL, C/Benito Pérez Galdós 2. Metro Chueca. Mostly men.
LA LUPE, C/Torrecilla del Leal. Mostly men.`
FLAMINGO, C/Mesonero Romanos 13. Mixed M/F.
ROMA, Plaza de Chueca 1. Metro Chueca. Mostly men.
ALES, C/Veneras 2. Metro Santo Domingo or Callao. Tel: 548-2022. Mostly men.
Videos, shows, dance. One of Madrd's oldest gay nightclubs.
BACHELOR, C/Reina 2. Metro Gran Vía. Mostly men.
CRUISING, C/Benito Pérez Galdós 5. Metro Chueca. Mostly men. Videos, dance. Good music.
LA ROSA, C/Tetuán 27. Tel: 531-0185. Mostly women. Shows.
REFUGIO, C/Dr. Cortezo 1 (Basement of Teatro Calderón). Metro Sol. Mostly
men. Hours: 12am to 6am. Videos, dance. One of Madrid's most popular nightclubs.
STRONG CENTER, C/Trujillos 7. Metro Santo domingo. Mostly men.
Leather/Levi. Videos, dance. Also one of the most popular nightclubs in
Madrid. Peak hours from 4 to 6am. Don't go before 3am, it will be empty.
GRIFFINS, C/Villalar 8. Metro Banco. Mixed M/F. Shows Mondays-Thursdays. Dance.
XENON, Plaza de Callao. Metro Callao. Mostly men. This also a very popular
night club. It used to be a straight night club, but now is totally gay.
Very good sound and light effects.
MEDEA, C/Cabeza 33. Metro Antón Martín. Mostly women.
BAILE BAILE, C/Reina 2. Metro Antón Martín. Mostly women.
CAFE FIGUEROA, C/Augusto Figueroa 17. Metro chueca. Hours 3pm to 3am.
Mostly men. Coffee house, food, cocktails.
CAFE DE CHUECA, Plaza de Chueca 1. Metro Chueca. Coffee house, cocktails, food.
CAFE GALDÓS, C/Benito Pérez Galdós 1. Metro Chueca. Mostly men. Coffee house, cocktails, food.
CAFE LARRA, C/Larra 21. Metro Tribunal. Mostly men. Coffee house, cocktails, food.
CAFE ACUARELA, C/Gravina 10. Metro Chueca. Mixed M/F. coffee house, cocktails, food.
CAFE RESTAURANTE PRINCIPAL, C/Hortaleza 37. Metro Chueca. Mostly men. Food.
LA CATEDRAL, C/Fuencarral 28. Metro Chueca. Mostly men. Restaurant.
DERROCHE, C/Calatrava 6. Metro Latina. Mostly women. Crêppérie and coffee house. Card games and shows.
INTERNATIONAL I, C/Altamirano 37. Metro Argüelles. Private health club for
men. Tel: 541-8198/541-1617. Hours: 11am to 11 pm. Sundays 3pm to midnight.
INTERNATIONAL II, C/Maestro Arbós 23 (entrance by C/Valdemorillo 2). Metro
Legazpi. Hours: 11am to 7am. Mondays 11am to midnight.
PARAISO, C/Norte 15. Metro Noviciado. Tel: 522-4232. Hours: 3pm to 1am. Fridays and Saturdays until 2am.
COMENDADORAS, Plaza de Comendadoras 9. Tel: 532-8892. Metro Noviciado.
LIBRERIA BERKANA, C/Gravina 11. Tel/Fax: 532-1393. Books, magazines,
gifts. Madrid's only gay bookshop.
TRILOGIA, C/Gravina 17. Tel: 522-6303. Men's underwear and accessories.
XXX, C/San Marcos 8. Tel: 522-1770. Men's underwear.
COGAM, (Colectivo de Gays y Lesbianas de Madrid). C/Espiritu Santo 37 (entrance by Minas).
Tel/Fax: 522-4517. COGAM is a social gay group. They have meetings several times a week.
They are also the publishers of the magazine "Entiendes...?".
GAI INFORM 522-0070, information service on gay related issues,
relationships, AIDS, health, political activism and tourism.
MADRID'S CITIZENS COMMINTTEE AGAINST AIDS. Tel: 531-1019. Confidential
counseling on AIDS and HIV issues.
LA RADICAL GAY, P.O. Box 8294, 28080 Madrid. Meetings every Friday from
9:30 pm to 11:30pm at C/Hortaleza 19. 1st. floor, 28004 Madrid.
MSC MADRID, P.O. Box 18213, 28080 Madrid. Madrid's leather club. Meetings
the first Thursday of every month at Troyans bar.
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Seville is usually referred to in Spain as the "Queen of Cities". Its
beauty and history always captivates the visitor, making him fall madly
in love with her. Here, the passionate Spanish character is most flavourful,
and love and romance become the true definitions of the Andalusian soul.
HOTEL EMPERADOR TRAJANO, C/José Laguillo 8. Four star gay friendly hotel.
Tel: 441-1111, Fax: 453-5702.
HOTEL GIRALDA, C/Sierra Nevada 3. Four star gay friendly hotel located in
the heart of the city. Tel: 441-6661, Fax: 441-9352.
HOTEL HISPALIS, Avenida de Andalucía 52. Four star gay friendly hotel. Tel:
452-9433, Fax: 4675313.
ISBILIYA, Paseo de Colón 2. Mixed M/F. Dance.
MEMORY, C/Fernán Caballero 6. Mostly men.
POSEIDÓN, C/Marqués de Paradas 30. Mostly men.
LAMENTABLE, C/Benito Pérez Galdós. Mixed gay/straight.
ITHACA, C/Amor de Dios 25. Hours: 10 pm to 5am. Mostly men. Videos, dance.
NORDIK, C/Resolana 38. Tel: 437-1321. Private health club for men. Sauna,
steam room, jacuzzy, swimming pool, gym. Coffee house and cocktail lounge. Hours: 3pm to 11pm. Fridays and Saturdays 3pm to 7am.
Please call for further information and timetable.
HISPALIS, C/Cefiro 3. Tel 458-0220. Private health culb for men. Sauna, steam room.
Coffee house and cocktail lounge. Please call for further information and timetable.
INTERNATIONAL, C/Sierpes 48. Tel: 456-0729. Hours 10am to 10pm. Books,
magazines, gifts, accesories.
GAY INFORMATION AND SERVICES
AAHS, P.P. Box 356, 41080 Sevilla.
COLEGA, Cuesta del Rosario 8. 2nd floor. Tel: 456-3366.
SEVILLE'S CITIZENS COMMITTEE AGAINST AIDS, C/Escoberos 5. Tel: 437-1958.
"SOMOS" SEVILLE'S GAY AND LESBIAN PLATFORM. P.O. box 4254, 41080 Sevilla.
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A small town just a few miles south of Barcelona, Sitges is probably
Spain's hottest summer gay destination. The population doubles during the
warm summer months, mostly with gay men. It can easily be called Europe's
Key West, with one difference, Sitges is 100 times more cosmopolitan and
HOTEL ROMÀNTIC, C/Sant Isidre 33. Tel: 894-8375, Fax: 894-8167. Quaint
little hotel. Mostly men.
AZUL, C/Sant Bonaventura 10. Hours: 9pm to 3am. Mostly men. Video bar.
BAR BLAU, C/Sant Pere 29. Mostly men.
BOURBON'S, C/Sant Bonaventura 9. Mostly men.Bonaventura 9. Hours: 10,30pm to
3am. Mostly men. Dance.
CHRISTOPHER'S, C/Santa Tecla 6. Mostly men.
EL CANDIL, C/Carreta 9. Hours: 10pm to 3am. Mostly men. Video bar. Dance.
EL HORNO, C/Joan Tarrida 6. Tel: 894-0909. Hours: 6pm to 3am. Mostly men.
Video bar. Leather/Levi.
LORD'S, C/Marquès de Montroig 16. Tel: 894-1522. Hours: 10:30pm to 3am.
Mostly men. Video bar, dance and shows.
MEDITERRANEO, C/Sant Bonaventura 6. Hours: 10pm to 4:30am. Mostly men. Video
bar, dance, outside bar.
MITJA LLUNA, C/Sta. Tecla 8. Mixed M/F. Video bar, outside lounge.
COMODIN, C/Taco 4. Tel: 894-5079. Hours: 10pm to 3am. Video bar. Mostly men.
PARROTS, C/Plaça Indústria 2. Hours: 5pm to 3am. Mixed M/F. Outside bar.
PERFIL, C/Espalter 7. Mostly men. Leather/Levi.
REFLEJOS, C/Sant Bonaventura 19. Hours: 10:30 to 3am. Video, bar, dance. Mostly men.
SEVEN, C/Nou 7. Mostly men.
COMPANY, C/Sant Francesc 36. Mostly men.
EL MESON, C/1r. de maig 6. Mostly men.
SPRAY, C/Sant Bartomeu 37. Mostly men.
TRAILER, C/Angel Vidal 36. Hours: 12pm to 5am. Music videos, dance.
CASA WILLY, C/Parellades 80. Mixed M/F.
CHEZ JEANETTE, C/Sant Pau 23. Tel: 894-0048. Hours: Lunch 1pm to 4pm, dinner 7:30pm to 11pm.
EL JARDIN, C/Pau Barrabeig 4. Hours: 6pm to 11pm. Outdoor sitting.
EL TRULL, Passatge. M.F. Clarà 3. Mixed M/F.
FLAMBOYANT, C/Pau Barrabeig 16. Mixed M/F. Outside sitting.
MA MAISON, C/Bonaire 28. Tel: 894-6054. Mixed M/F. Outside sitting.
MIAMI, C/Sant Pau 11. Mixed M/F.
ELSA'S GRANJA, C/Parellades 86. Hours: 9am to 7pm. Coffe house, pastries. Mixed M/F.
GOYA, C/Sant Francesc 42. Hours: 9am to 1am. Coffe house, restaurant, outside sitting. Mixed M/F.
LE PETIT CAFE, C/Joan Tarrida 3. Mostly men. Coffee house and cocktails.
SAUNA SITGES, C/Espalter 11. Tel: 894-2863. Hours: 3pm to 3am.
Monday-Sunday. Coffee house and lounge. TV. UVA. Professional masseuse,
jacuzzi. Private health club for men.
BLUE JAZZ, C/Joan Tarrida 1. Fashion for men and women.
JAZZ BOUTIQUE, C/Bonaire 20. Tel: 894-9963. Fashion for men and women.
J.P. MODA, C/Marquès de Montroig 2. Tel: 894-1976. Fashion for men and women
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València is Spain's third largest city. It is located on the Mediterranean
coast, in the Costa del Azahar. It has always been known for a tolerant and
open attitude towards foreign ideas. Today, València is experiencing a
total gay renaissance. Nowhere else in Spain is the gay community growning
and organizing itself as fast as in València.
BUS STOP, C/Mantas 5. Mostly men.
CENTRAL, C/Quart 57. Hours: 8pm to 3am. Video bar. Leather/Levi.
CONTRAMANO, C/Murillo 12. Mostly men.
LA GUERRA, C/Quart 47. Mostly men.
METAL, Plaça de Picadero Marqués de Dos Aguas 3. Mixed M/F. Dance.
NORTH DAKOTA SALOON, Plaça Margarita de Valldaura 1. Tel: 357-5250. Mostly men.
OH VALENCIA, C/Murillo 26. Mostly men. Shows.
STUDIO 17, C/Cerrajeros 17. Mostly men.
CAFE INTERIOR, Plaça del Miracle del Mocadoret. Mixed M/F. Coffe house.
KATEDRAL, C/Bordadores 5. Mostly men.
CLACA, C/Sant Martí 3. Mostly men.
H.P., C/Subida del Toledano 8. Mostly men.
ALES, C/La Sangre 9. Mostly men.
BALKISS, C/Doctor Montserrat 23. Mostly men. Video bar, shows, dance.
VENIAL, C/Quart 26. Hours: 12am to dawn. Mixed M/F. Video bar, shows. Very popular.
OLIMPIC, C/Vivons 17. Tel:373-0418. TV. Coffee house and cocktail lounge.
QUART, C/Sant Miquel 3. Tel: 391-9694. Hours: Monday-Thursday 4pm to 10pm.
Friday and Saturday: 24 hours. TV. Coffee house and cocktail lounge.
AFRO, Gran Via Germanias 53. Tel: 341-1102. Videos, magazines, accessories. M/F.
EVADAN, C/Matias Perelló 14. Tel: 374-2065. Videos, magazines, accessories. M/F.
HOLLYWOOD, Videos, magazines, accessories. M/F.Dr. Zamenhoff 5. Tel: 382-1467. Videos, magazines, accessories. M/F.
MONCHOS INTERNACIONAL, C/Dr. Zamenhoff 15. Tel: 382-3349.
GAY INFORMATION AND SERVICES
ASSEMBLEA GAI (MIQUEL ALAMAR), C/Los Centelles 29. 10th floor. 46006 Valencia. Tel: 334-0328.
COL.LECTIU LAMBDA DE GAIS I LESBIANES DEL PAIS VALENCIÀ, C/Dr. Gil y Morte
8, 2nd floor. Tel: 380-2211.
INFO ROSA, Tel: 380-3222. Gay hotline.
GAIS LLIURES DEL PAIS VALENCIÀ, P.O. Box 1539, 46080 València.
AVACOS, (Valencian Association Againts AIDS), C/Cuba 61. First floor. Tel:
380-0737. Hours: Monday-Friday 10am to 1pm. Mondays and Thursdays 5pm to 7pm.
CITIZENS COMMITTEE AGAINST AIDS, C/Flora 7. 46010 València. Tel: 361-8811.
Ext.36. Hours: 10am to 2pm.
LA MAR DE GAI, Gay radio show. You can find it by running to Radio L'Horta
93.1 FM. Sundays from 11pm to 2am. Subjects: News, political activism,
poetry, films, literature and music. For further information please call
375-9646 or fax 375-3438.
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TRAVELLING TO SPAIN
There are several carriers flying to Spain from the United States and
Iberia Airlines of Spain: Daily flights to Spain from New York/Kennedy,
Miami, Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto.
Delta Airlines: Daily flights from Atlanta.
Continental Airlines: Daily flights from New York/Newark.
American Airlines: Daily flights from Dallas and Miami.
Air Europa: Seasonal Charter Service from New Yor/Kennedy.
TWA: Daily flights from New York/Kennedy.
USAir: They fly from Philadelphia to Madrid.
GAY TOUR OPERATORS IN THE UNITED STATES.
At this point in time there are very few gay and lesbian tour operators
offering specialized packages for the gay and lesbian travelers to Spain.
Following is a list of the ones that, to our knowledge, currently offer
group and individual packages.
Above and Beyond Tours: 330 Townsed Street, Ste. 107. San Francisco, CA
94107. Tel: 800-397-2681. Fax: 415-284-1660. Individual as well as group
packages to mainland Spain and the Canary Islands.
Atlas Global Services and Travel/InterTrav Productions: 8923 South
Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045. Tel: 800-952-0120, from the Los
Angeles area call 310-670-3574, fax: 310-670-0725. Unique individual and
group packages to mainland Spain and the Canary Islands. Atlas can also
customize special interest packages to Spain and the Canaries.
Z.M.A.X. Travel and Tours: P.O. Box 398179, Miami Beach, FL 33239. Tel:
800-TO-GO-GAY, or 305-532-0111, fax: 305-532-1222. Group packages to Sitges
and Ibiza during the month of June.
Our Family Abroad: 40 West 57th Street, Ste 430. New York, NY 10019. Tel:
800-999-5500. From the New York area 212-459-1800. Group packages combining
Spain, Portugal and Morocco.
Fiesta Tours: 323 Geary Street, Ste. 619. San Francisco, CA 94102. Tel:
800-200-0582, 415-986-1134. Fax: 415-986-3029. Individual and group
packages to Spain.
GAY TOUR OPERATORS AND TRAVEL AGENCIES IN SPAIN.
Camovel Rutas, S.L./Viajes Arenas: C/ General Aguillera 5, 1º D. 13001
Ciudad Real. Spain. Tel/Fax: 011-34-26-23-25-49. To our knowledge they are
the only gay and lesbian owned and operated travel agency in Spain. They
offer a variety of packages exclusively designed for the gay and lesbian
traveler. In addition, special requests can be customized. For further
information please contact their exclusive distributors in the United
States. Atlas Global Services and Travel/InterTrav Productions or Above and
CALENDARS OF GROUP DEPARTURES TO SPAIN FROM THE U.S.
This information is outdated, but you may want to contact these firms for information on their current offerings.
SPANISH PASSION - May 30th through June 9th, 1996. Madrid, Córdoba, Sevilla and
Granada. Exclusive tour package for gays and lesbians. Spanish Passion will
focus on the cultural and artistic aspects of southern Spain, with especial
emphasis on its Arab legacy. For further information and reservations
please call Atlas Global Services and Travel at 800-952-0120.
SPANISH DISCOVERY - June 13th through June 24th, 1996. Madrid, Sitges and
Barcelona. Also exclusively designed for gays and lesbians. Spanish
Discovery will take you to the main gay cities in Spain. For further
information and reservations, please call Above and Beyond Tours at
UTOPIA - September 14th through the 21th, 1996. An all gay and lesbian cruise on
board a 400 passenger luxury vessel that has been chartered by Camovel
Rutas, S.L./Viajes Arenas, Inc. exclusively for the gay and lesbian
community. The ship will depart from Barcelona and cruise the western
Mediterrean. For further information and reservations please contact Atlas
Global Services and Travel at 800-9520120 or 310-670-3574 from the Los
Angeles Metropolitan Area.
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CALENDAR OF GAY EVENTS IN SPAIN.
October 27- November 7, 1997 The 3rd. International Gay &
Lesbian Film Festival of Barcelona organized by Casal Lambda with the collaboration of the Filmoteca of the Generalitat
de Catalunya (Catalan National Film Theatre) and the support of Barcelona City Council.
September 29 - November 7, 1997. The
4th Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival of Barcelona. The exhibition is
being organized by Casal Lambda (a Barcelona based gay and lesbian
association) with the support of the Diputació de Barcelona and the Cultural Office of the City Hall of Barcelona. The
exhibition, according to its organizers "is meant to be a showcase for
artistic weeks on the gay and lesbian matter... It aims to be a meeting
point for experience exchanging between professionals and homosexual
associations engages in cultural activities... The exhibition will take
place in different theatres throughout Barcelona.
The Tourism Guide entitled "Gay Spain: Feel the Passion", this page, was edited in 1996 by the Spanish Tourism
Institute (TurEspaña) and distributed from Spanish Tourism Information Offices in the USA. In April, 1997 the guide was withdrawn by the (right wing)
Popular Party Government who claim that TurEspaña have other priorities, and that it does not match the image of Spain which they wish to project to
the world. The guide was published in 1996 so some of the information may now be out of date.
Copyright © 1996, 1997 by Gay Spain
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