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Malasaña and Chueca

Some history

Malasaña formerly known as Barrio de Maravillas got its nickname by the young seamstress Manuela Malasaña, killed by Napoleonic troops during the days of repression for the uprising of May 2, 1808, accused of carrying weapons when she was sewing scissors when she was arrested . As far as Malasaña is concerned, because of its location, the streets around this neighborhood focused largely on the “Movida Madrileña” between the 70s and 80s, this countercultural movement emerged in Madrid during the Transition after Franco in Spain. The beginnings revolved around the “Nueva Ola” music groups that were the first with punk-type music.

Chueca takes its name from the square and the metro of Chueca, being an area of ​​the Justice District. 1980 was the year in which some stores for the profile of the LGBT collective opened in Chueca and gradually went from being a marginal space to a cosmopolitan neighborhood.


Thus, in the Malasaña neighborhood an alternative culture was created that continues to attract people whose spectrum and ages have been changing, from young people making bottles to more adult, university and post-university circles, as well as a growing number of foreign tourists.

Today, Chueca has become one of the fashionable areas of Madrid either because of its many shops, bars and the number of people that walks through its streets.

In Chueca, the terraces are usually full, the multi-brand clothing stores have created an almost lost shopping environment in Madrid, the markets have become meeting places and we will find underground type establishments. Of course, Chueca probably the most famous gay neighborhood in Europe is the one who hosts the Pride.

What to see in Malasaña and Chueca?

  • Plaza del 2 de Mayo
  • Calle Pez
  • Estatua de Julia
  • Calle Manuela Malasaña
  • Calle Fuencarral
  • Calle del Barco
  • Plaza de San Ildefonso
  • Mercado de San Ildefonso
  • Calle Hortaleza
  • Plaza Santa Bárbara
  • Plaza de Chueca
  • Mercado de San Antón
  • Plaza Pedro Zerolo
  • Plaza del Rey
  • Museo de Historia de Madrid
  • Museo del Romanticismo
  • Iglesia San Antonio de los Alemanes
  • Iglesia San Martín de Tours
  • Palacio de Buenavista
  • Parroquia Santa Barbara
  • Sociedad General de Autores y Editores

What to do in Malasaña and Chueca?