Plaza de Chueca, Madrid

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Chueca is a district named after a square sited in the central Madrid neighbourhood of Justicia. It lies just to the north of the old city, with its metro station also called "Chueca." Chueca is very lively, with many street cafes and boutique shops; Lonely Planet describes it as "extravagantly gay, lively young, and always inclusive regardless of your sexual orientation."LGBTThe neighborhood has become a popular area for Madrid's gay community, with a lot of LGBT or LGBT-friendly shops. Since Madrid's serving as host of the 2007 Europride, the Gay Pride march has evolved to the biggest gay festival in the world. Chueca will hold the World Gay Pride in 2017. For five days at the beginning of the summer, Chueca is an appealing place containing five stages located at various plazas, as well as hundreds of outdoor bars, allowing hundreds of thousands to revel in the open air. In 2012 more than 300,000 foreigners travelled to Madrid for the LGBT celebrations, with most of them having visited and enjoyed Chueca.Art in ChuecaDuring the last years Chueca has become a center for gay art. The Festival Visible which takes place every year during the Gay Pride, has included works by Jean Cocteau, Wilhelm van Gloeden, David Hochney, Tom of Finland, or David Trullo. Shows such as "De bares hacia la exposicion" by Daniel Garbade in (2011) or the Illustrations : Chueca by (2014) reflect through drawings and paintings the gay-neighborhood.
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  • It's the heart of the neighborhood but it hasn't particularly impressed me. It is not easily found because it is not crossed by the main streets. It is a small rectangle (about 50 to 20 meters) pedestrianized, with a few trees and in the center the eponymous metro stop; the buildings that surround it are ordinary while at street level to some bar/restaurant (which are not many), there are many shops of various kinds. Unlike other small squares in the city, entirely covered by the dehors of the premises that overlook here, as I said, there is a more diverse presence of shops; but on the other hand, there is no shortage of opportunities in the streets around and in the nearby market of San Anton.
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  • Not much to it. Low key location if you want to get away from the crowds for a dinner. the plaza itself is pretty small, but quiet.  more »
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