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.
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!)
Vermouth, or wine, or beer, or soft/soda drinks
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.
comfortable shoes, raincoat, or sun screen, water, warm clothes in winter.
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.