BY MERRYN JONES
When it comes to enjoying the pleasures of gay Spain, take my advice: Barcelona is for boys and Madrid is for mujeres! Madrid is a thoroughly female-centric city. It’s Penelope Cruz on a plate—smart, sophisticated, sexy! The myth of machismo may be alive and well, but I didn’t stumble upon it in my time there. From the mysterious laneways of Old Madrid, to tapas of infinite variety, to the very latest in art, architecture, and fashion, this city will not disappoint culture-loving lesbians.
“But what about the euro?” you cry. Yes, there’s that. But if you’re already in the market for a Roman holiday or a Parisian sojourn, consider Madrid as a surprising alternative, and a European destination where they got over the same-sex marriage debate back in 2005. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a local who doesn’t believe that the freedom to love whomever you choose is an inalienable human right—just like good food, fine wine, and all the art you can afford.
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