The Top 10 Most Affordable Gay Friendly Destinations
So you want to discover the world’s most gay friendly destinations but don’t have a lot to spend? We’ve rounded up this list of the top 10 most affordable gay friendly places around the world for some inspiration. And depending on what part of the world you live in, you might even find affordable flights to the places nearest you. It’s time to start planning your next adventure to one of these great cities. Plus, who doesn’t like saving a bit of extra cash in the process?
Gay Madrid: A Gay Travel Guide to Spain’s Capital City
This guide was updated on November 9, 2019.
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Madrid is perhaps not as well known of a gay destination as its Catalan sister in the northeast, Barcelona. But the truth is that Madrid is a bigger city with more offerings from a nightlife perspective and many LGBT oriented events throughout the year. Madrid is still a great destination for tourists, though it admittedly doesn’t have quite as many attractions as the architectural wonder Barcelona. Still Madrid is a fantastic destination especially if you enjoy local neighborhoods, art, the gay scene, nightlife and beautiful weather.
7 Countries with Gay Marriage You Should Visit
Within the past decade, same-sex marriage has gained momentum around the world and the decision to promote marriage equality in a country is one step towards global LGBT acceptance. There are now 17 countries with full marriage equality and this alone might just be reason enough to visit. Surely each place has its own characteristics and unique sites of interest but the seven countries listed here are some of the best destinations for travelers and well worth a visit.
Gay Iceland: Your Guide to Reykjavik Pride
When we first arrived in Reykjavik, it felt oddly familiar yet wholly distinct. Though Iceland is a European country, something about its capital city just doesn’t feel European. Perhaps it’s the way the sun hangs oddly in the sky not quite right with the time of day. Or the iconic use of colorful corrugated iron in the buildings and houses. Or how it feels more like a small winter ski town in the mountains than a capital metropolis where almost two-thirds of the country’s 325,000 inhabitants live. Whatever it may be, Reykjavik has a remarkable charm born from its European ties just as well from its island isolation, but still a charm all its own.
A Guide to Sitges Gay Pride: Spain’s Top Gay Destination
Sitges City Guide
Sitges is one of our favorite spots in all of Spain. Just 40 minutes south of Barcelona by train, this little town is a must see when in the Catalonia capital either for a day trip or even staying a for a few nights. For a small town, the nightlife is fantastic and reminiscent of Lisbon’s drinking-in-the-street style outside of the local bars. There’s also plenty of shopping to do, long stretches of beaches to tan on, and a slew of restaurants to choose from. Everything is centrally located and easily walkable or accessible via bike.
Gay Madrid Guide: Tips on Finding Gay Hotels in Madrid
Madrid is known across Europe as a gay friendly destination with vibrant nightlife and some of the best gay bars, clubs and events in Spain. Whether you’re looking for a high end gay hotel in Madrid or a budget gay hostal, the city has plenty of gay friendly accommodations to choose from.
Madrid has always been the center for LGBT life in Spain so it’s no surprise that they host the largest gay pride in Europe. Each summer in July, nearly 2 million people attend the festivities and pride parade as people crowd the streets enjoying music, drinks and fun. As an LGBT traveler, it’s important to find accommodations where you feel comfortable being yourself. This is not difficult in Madrid as there are numerous gay-friendly and even gay-owned properties throughout the city.
Gay Madrid: Your Guide to Madrid Gay Bars and Clubs
Spain is one of the best countries in Europe to experience nightlife and Madrid is undoubtedly the gay capital, with some of the best bars and night clubs in Europe. People often think that Barcelona is the gay capital of Spain but a comparison of the two cities’ population and gay pride festival demonstrates the difference. Barcelona’s gay pride week brings a crowd of just over 100,000 people while Madrid’s Gay Pride (called “Madrid Orgullo”) is the largest in Europe bringing 1.5 million people each year. Spain was also the 3rd country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage and you’ll likewise find Madrid to be incredibly gay-friendly. Public affection of same-sex couples is common throughout the entire city center, not just in the gay neighborhood.
Madrid Gay Pride 2013
The Gayest Weekend in Antwerp, Belgium
As we exited the central train station to step into the city of Antwerp for the first time, we felt immediately wrapped in the colorful embrace of a multitude of rainbow flags. We have been to a fair number of gay pride events over the past two years – four last year and five this year which we later learned was unimpressive compared to the ten plus pride events another American expat living in Germany had attended this year – but we have never seen a city so decked out in rainbows before. You really would have thought Rainbow Brite and her gayer-than-unicorns-sidekick-horse, Starlite, had been hired to decorate the city. This, of course, put smiles on our faces as we entered Antwerp having been invited by the Flanders tourism board.