You don't have to limit
yourself to visiting bars and clubs. There are plenty of other activities to be
enjoyed in Spain's capital city. One of the most enjoyed pastimes in Madrid is
visiting the first rate saunas on offer.
If you're looking for a quiet night out,
then a nice restaurant date might be just what you need. You can expect to pay
anything from 15 to 30 euros for a meal at many of the restaurants, with the
price scale rising with the calibre of the venue.
Perhaps one of the nicest restaurants in the Chueca area is
(meaning "The Closet"). This romantic, candlelit venue is an ideal
gay-date spot, and it serves many unusual modern Spanish delicacies.
While not marketing itself exclusively as a gay restaurant,
Cafe Oliver is popular amongst gays due to its closeness to the Chueca neighbourhood. It serves French, Italian, Spanish, and
Moroccan cuisines and also hosts a downstairs cocktail bar called Eo where local
DJ's play R&B, House and Dance music.
also try Lateral, which is an outdoor cafe and restaurant. Although it
overlooks a rather unremarkable square, the venue itself makes up for the lack
of views. This is a stylish place with an open and friendly atmosphere - well
worth stopping by if you get the chance.
is probably the widest-known sauna in the city (it's actually the largest one in
Europe). You can find it at Cuesta de Sant Domingo, 1. It offers the perfect
way to wind down and relax, as does the Plaza in
Gran Vía, 88 (Tel:
915483741). As well as offering all the usual treatments and activities, it
also includes a gym, hairdressers, and massage tables.
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