The best gay beaches around Spain are not found in surprising, secluded destinations. In fact, they’re right where you’d think they are – in Spain’s most gay-friendly, party-friendly and internationally known destinations. Some may be more clothing optional, others have cruising areas and some of these top gay beaches are mixed among the hetero-friendly ones. All however, are great spots to enjoy the summer sun along with other friendly, like-minded guys.
A beautiful small, gay-friendly town 45 minutes south of Barcelona, Sitges is a perfect spot for long stretches of white sandy beaches. As the town as a whole is incredibly gay-friendly, you’ll find LGB beach goers at most of the 17 beaches. However, Playa De la Bassa Rodona is the official gay beach and preferred by most speedo wearing, six pack having, tanned gay men. So for all the best eye-candy, definitely check it out. However, Platja de la Ribera and Platja de l’Estanyol on either side are just as great of a beach with a little more space, still plenty of gays, and a little more peaceful.
Like Sitges, Torremolinos is another popular gay beach town destination dating back to the 60s. In the summer months the gays go rushing to this seaside town outside of Málaga to lay out and soak up the sun, especially during their annual events like Torremolinos Pride, Mad Bear Beach Weekend and Wonder Beach Festival. There are three gay beaches to pick from, the most popular being El Gato/Eden Beach where you’ll find beautiful views of all the beautiful men. It’s easy to get to from the center of town and popular for visitors and locals.
Barcelona is one of Spain’s top gay destinations and part of that reason is its great blend of big city life and relaxing beach vibe. Overall, the city’s beaches aren’t the best the country has to offer; however, with the great weather, slew of tourist sites and can’t miss annual events, the beaches really are a great addition to the city offering a spot to relax and enjoy a cocktail or afternoon meal. The city’s largest and most popular gay beach is Platja de la Mar Bella located at the far left of the beaches (facing the sea) closest to metro stop Poblenou (line 4). Here you’ll find plenty of foreigners and local cuties taking in the sun or enjoying one of the many beachside bars and restaurants, Chiringuito BeGay being the most notable.
Es Cavallet is the official gay beach in Ibiza and is about 15 minutes from Ibiza Town. As with most gay beaches, clothing is optional here. Also located here is a great restaurant and bar (really the only restaurant and bar) called Chiringay where you can enjoy an incredible cava sangria while taking in the gorgeous views of all the guys tanning on the beach. You may also notice plenty of near-naked guys in matching speedos passing out flyers. These party promoters are a good way to find out what’s happening that night while admiring the messenger.
This city located in the Canary Islands is a very popular gay destination year-round due to its mild, beach-friendly climate. The gay beach here is located at kiosk number 7 which can be found between the Faro de Maspalomas (the lighthouse) and Playa del Ingles. It’s a light 15 to 20-minute stroll to get to the beach either walking from the lighthouse along the shore or from the Riu Hotel. Feel free to take in the sun au naturel at this clothing optional beach. Loungers are also available at quite an affordable price of about €3. If you’re feeling frisky, you can head to the dunes behind the beach for some cruising.
Have you tanned at any of these Spanish beaches? Where’s your favorite gay beach around the world?
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