Madrid is known as being the Spanish city that never sleeps. And this is particularly the case during Pride, when the city is bursting with life and colour. Considering experiencing this renowned festival for yourself? Read on to find out all about it!
It is one of the biggest and most important Pride events in the world, attracting visitors from all around the world. The occasion sees Madrid converted into a city-wide stage full of music, dancing and diversity. Wherever you go, there is an atmosphere of tolerance and respect for other people's sexual diversity.
The main celebration is the parade, held on Saturday afternoon and known as the Pride March. It is one of the biggest and largest parades in Europe and it is impressive to see how the streets in central Madrid fill up with people of all ages, genders and sexual orientations. If you are interested in experiencing this fun and unique occasion first hand, make sure not to miss out!
What's more, Madrid Pride sees a whole range of other activities and events on offer. Many of Madrid's busiest squares play host to concerts by famous groups or shows by drag queens. We recommend you get there with time to space if you want to watch one of the concerts, as they are closed off once they reach capacity and nobody else is allowed to enter and we don't want you to miss your favourite artists!
However, Madrid Pride is not just about partying and having fun. It is also a time to reflect on the LGTBIQ+ community's struggle for equality and rights. Over the course of this week, various debates and talks are organised on topics including discrimination, harassment or violence against members of the LGTBIQ+ community. It's a great opportunity to learn more about these issues and support the community!
If you are a fan of art, you can also enjoy the exhibitions and cultural events organised to commemorate Madrid Pride. For example, the occasion sees the gay and lesbian film festival held, with a selection of films and documentaries from around the world. The perfect plan for film lovers!
But Pride isn't just for adults. There are also multiple activities for little ones, including craft workshops, games and educational activities. This is a great opportunity to teach children values such as tolerance and respect for everybody!
Madrid is packed to bursting this week, so we recommend that if you intend on visiting during Pride week, you book your apartment or accommodation as soon as possible. If you wait too long, you might be left with limited options and we don't want you to miss out on enjoying the occasion!
What's more, if you are looking to visit the city and sight see in and around Madrid, we recommend that you consider other dates, as this week is dedicated to the LGTB collective and there will be more people on the streets than normal. Want to know more about Madrid? Discover the essentials in the city!
If you want to go to a club and dance until dawn with your friends, buy your ticket in advance; otherwise, you run the risk of not having anywhere to go as everywhere is at full capacity.
And finally, open your mind and get ready to have fun!
You're in luck! Madrid is one of Spain's best connected cities. That means you can get to Madrid from literally anywhere on the mainland on our AVE and Larga Distancia (long distance high-speed) trains.