The History of Madrid’s Chueca Neighbourhood

Chueca is the ultimate LGBTQ+ neighbourhood in Madrid and is named after Plaza de Chueca, a central square in the neighbourhood that is very famous. The name of the square comes from Federico Chueca, a Spanish composer and writer. It is located in downtown Madrid, very central. Part of the larger neighbourhood of Justicia.

The Chueca neighbourhood hasn’t always lived by today’s social and human values. In the 1970s, the area was linked to prostitutes and drugs, resulting in many shops having to close, and then the neighbourhood became practically deserted. After a few years, however, several shop owners returned and rebuilt the neighbourhood. This led to spectacular changes in the neighbourhood, and you can still see that today.


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