Lonely Planet Writer

Every hotel room is booked during the week-long Spanish fiesta for the World Pride festival

If you’re planning on heading to the World Pride festival in Madrid next week, the good news is that it promises to be an amazing week-long celebration, and the bad news is that it looks like every hotel room will be full. Two million visitors are expected to descend on the Spanish capital between 23 June and 2 July, as Madrid will play host to the world’s most important gay pride festival of the year, World Pride. However, with just 83,300 hotel rooms in the city, it looks like the majority of visitors will have to make alternative arrangements in relation to accommodation.
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Revellers in fancy dress take part in the Gay Pride Parade in Madrid in 2016. Image: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers in fancy dress take part in the Gay Pride Parade in Madrid in 2016. Image: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

“Whoever you love, Madrid loves you” is this year’s festival slogan. Antonio Ruda of the Workers’ Commissions labour union told El Pais that there are no hotel rooms in Madrid or the outskirts of the city, and that the average price of a four- or five-star hotel room has increased to more than €300. Other visitors have opted for to rent accommodation through platforms such as Airbnb, although these are getting scarce too.

The Pride Parade during the Madrid Gay Pride Festival 2016. Image: Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images
The Pride Parade during the Madrid Gay Pride Festival 2016. Image: Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images

It is unsurprising that the demand is so high as there’s an extensive programme of culture and leisure activities, music and performances planned for various venues around the city. The World Pride 2017 programme will also host the Madrid Summit, a global human rights conference based on absolute equality. It will explore and consider the areas of society and everyday life in which LGBTQI individuals experience discrimination and unequal treatment. In addition, the World Pride Park will open for the first time in Madrid, next to Puente del Rey bridge in Madrid Río Park.

A reveller walks the streets next to Cibeles Square before the 2016 Madrid Gay Pride. Image: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images
A reveller walks the streets next to Cibeles Square before the 2016 Madrid Gay Pride. Image: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

For further information on the festival and accommodation, see here.