With its warm climate, culture and exciting venues and gay events, gay Barcelona has been a favorite European LGBT travel destination for decades. Situated near an array of gorgeous beaches yet within a day’s drive to the mountains, Barcelona offers a bustling urban environment with plenty of choices when it comes to gay nightlife, sightseeing and local excursions.
The heart of gay life Barcelona is the Gayxample, a vibrant neighborhood with stunning and elegant architecture. Located in the left-side of Eixample (hence the “Gayxample” tag) this queer hub is full of chic restaurants, gay bars, stores and cafés. It’s an ideal place to meet with friends or to simply have a coffee while people-watching (or should we say, checking out the local guapos).
Gay bars in Barcelona
There are plenty of late-night bars to visit while you’re in gay Barcelona. The majority can be found within walking distance of each other in the Gayxample.
The alternative gay scene centers around the neighbouring Raval, Poble Sec and San Antoni districts, 10-15 minutes walking distance south from Gayxample.
Gay beaches in Barcelona
One of the reasons so many people are drawn to the city are its easily-accessible city beaches. Among the most popular gay beaches in Barcelona are Barceloneta, its nudist neighbour San Sebastià and – further up the coast – the less-touristy Mar Bella (also clothing optional!).
Gay saunas and cruising in Barcelona
Fancy a pre- or post-club sauna? There are a number of options, including Gayxample’s classic Casanova sauna, which is mega busy post-party. Or, for something more intimate, nearby sex venue BoyBerry offers videos, cruise areas, cabins and lockers.
Gay Barcelona festivals and events
There’s no doubt that gay Barcelona offers some of the most exciting attractions in Europe, including two major gay events: Pride Barcelona and Circuit Festival. In July, the city celebrates its gay pride with a week of events, culminating in a stunning parade and party.
Circuit Festival is a ten-day whirlwind of parties in August for gay men that attracts tens of thousands of visitors (often in their Speedos). Alternatively, bigger boys and their fans often go to celebrate the annual Bearcelona gathering. It attracts thousands of bears from around the world!
Whatever you're looking for in a trip, Barcelona offers something for all and is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world!