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Skyline of Chueca
CountrySpain Spain
Aut. communityFlag of the Community of Madrid.svg Madrid
MunicipalityEscudo de Madrid.svg Madrid
Chueca neighbourhood

Chueca is a neighbourhood of central Madrid, named after its main square, Plaza de Chueca. It is known as Madrid's gay neighbourhood. [1] Plaza de Chueca was named after Spanish composer and author Federico Chueca. [2]

It is located in the administrative ward in the central Madrid neighbourhood of Justicia.

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."[3]

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Chueca Neighbourhood

Places of interest[edit]

  • San Anton Church, which contains the bones of Saint Valentine[2]
  • Mercado de San Antón
  • Plaza de Chueca
  • Museo del Romanticismo

Art in Chueca[edit]

During the last years Chueca has become a centre for gay art. The Festival Visible which takes place every year during the Gay Pride, has included works by Jean Cocteau, Wilhelm van Gloeden,[4] David Hochney, Tom of Finland, Roberto González Fernández or David Trullo. Shows such as "De bares hacia la exposicion"[5] by Daniel Garbade in (2011) or the Illustrations : Chueca by Miguel Navia (2014) reflect through drawings and paintings the gay-neighbourhood.

Chueca is a favourite set for movies. Eloy de la Iglesias’s last production: Bulgarian Lovers (2003), an adaptation of the homonymous novel by Eduardo Mendicutti, was shot in the neighbourhood. As were other films such as Truman by Cesc Gay, Boystown by Juan Flahn, Cachorro by Miguel Albaladejo, and Chef’s special by Nacho G. Velilla.


  1. ^ "Men take on the cobbles in stilettos for Madrid Gay Pride race". Reuters. 29 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b SÁNCHEZ GARRIDO, GABRIEL (30 June 2016). "Ocho cosas sobre el barrio de Chueca que seguro que desconocías". (in Spanish). El Pais.
  3. ^ Madrid. Con Pianta. Ediz. Inglese - Anthony Ham - Google Books. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  4. ^ "Orgullo 2015: Exposición de Wilhelm von Gloeden en Café Belén". 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  5. ^ "Daniel Garbade te propone paseo de Arte por Madrid". Odisea. Odisea Editorial. 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2016-11-17.

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Coordinates: 40°25′18″N 3°41′53″W / 40.42167°N 3.69806°W / 40.42167; -3.69806