10 Reasons Why Madrid is the Best Gay Destination in Europe
Europe is easily the most tolerant and accepting region in the world and there are many cities across the continent where you can let your true colors shine without fear of judgement or harassment. Places like Amsterdam, Berlin or Barcelona are well known for being gay friendly, tolerant and having a large community of LGBT residents. Still, we think Madrid is perhaps the contender for the number one spot on our list of the best gay destinations in Europe. Certainly, there are a handful of cities that compete for this title, but with the mix of its size, gay scene, events and overall vibe, we’d ague to say that Madrid takes the crown.
We’ve teamed up with the new online, gay meeting place Yurnee, to share our favorite aspects of Madrid. Here are 10 reasons why we think you should visit Madrid and see why we think it’s the best gay destination in Europe.
Video: Visiting the Gay-Friendly Island of Gran Canaria in Spain
Gran Canaria is a unique, gay-friendly and an adventurous place to visit. It’s a hot gay destination year round due to the warm climate and Maspalomas is its gay capital.
Drag shows in Gran Canaria are like the residency shows of Las Vegas, with a slightly smaller budget and a lack of celebrity status. Still, they’re a hit and they’re a must. The Yumbo Centre in Maspalomas is the center of the gay nightlife with gay bars, clubs, restaurants and cafes.
Perhaps the best thing you can do to enjoy Gran Canaria is to take a private gay yacht tour to a secluded beach on the southern side of the island with a friendly, charming gay captain. Rainbow Gay Tours offers an all-day trip on the boat, time spent on the beach and provides tapas and quality drinks. There are plenty of gay accommodations in and around Maspalomas but we recommend Paso Chico, which is a great budget option for private bungalows, with a pool right across from all the gay nightlife.
We visited Gran Canaria in June and had the opportunity to shoot some video during the trip. Check out our video to discover why we think Gran Canaria is an awesome destination for LGBT travelers.
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Read our Gran Canaria blog post to learn more about all the sites and cool places we visited!
Which part of the video most makes you want to visit Gran Canaria? Let us know in the comments below or directly on the YouTube comments.
Note: Our visit to Gran Canaria was sponsored by Paso Chico and the Gran Canaria office of tourism, but rest assured all opinions are 100% our own and we would never sacrifice our integrity for a sponsorship. Also, some of these links are affiliates which means using them won’t cost you any extra but we do receive a small commission for each referral. You’re not obligated to use them but we appreciate it if you do. Thanks in advance for supporting our site if you choose to use our link!
Why You Should Visit Spain During Barcelona Pride and WorldPride Madrid
Summer is a fantastic time to visit Europe and Spain is no exception. With plenty of warm and sunny days you could spend months exploring the big cities and Spanish countryside, but given you probably have just a short time to visit you’ve got to pick the best and most exciting.
Summer is also pride season and Spain boasts some of the best gay pride celebrations in Europe and the world. This year Madrid will welcome World Pride 2017 where an expected 3 million people will join in the Spanish capital to celebrate diversity, progress of LGBT rights and well, to simply come together in public and throw a big party. Just a week later Barcelona will follow with its annual celebration on the coast of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. We’ve attended both events and can’t recommend them enough. Plus, if you’re looking to join a gay group tour, our friends at Spain 7 Degrees will take you effortlessly to both cities during pride on a 10-day tour from June 30th to July 9th, with a quick stop in Andalusia in between.
Experience the Best with Gay Tours in These 8 European Destinations
Europe is without a doubt one of the most amazing, dynamic and gay-friendly places in the world to visit. You could spend years or decades traveling across Europe and still not see it all. From the Circuit parties and beaches in Barcelona to the history and art of Rome, there’s so much to see, yet so little time.
11 Things You Missed at Arosa Gay Ski Week in Switzerland
During the last week in January the Swiss Alps heated up as 500+ LGBTA people came together to celebrate Arosa Gay Ski Week. Now in its 13th year, the event creates a welcoming atmosphere for all LGBT people and allies in the gay friendly village of Arosa, Switzerland. The skiing and snowboarding might be the main draw for most attendees but second to that (or perhaps better) are the lineup of events and activities throughout the week. From the White Party at the top of the mountain to evening classical music concerts, the week-long event has something for just about everyone and every taste.