Barcelona is considered by many to be one of the most dynamic city in Spain and maybe of Europe. Many consider it as the most friendly and inclusive towards homosexuals in general, and other groups.
At any time of year in Barcelona you can enjoy the sun, and eat at restaurants outdoors, have a drink on the terraces of its streets and squares or stroll along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
A city gay friendly to enjoy
Barcelona is considered by many to be one of the most dynamic city in Spain and maybe of Europe. Many consider it as the most friendly and inclusive towards homosexuals in general, and other groups. For example, in the Catalan capital, a gay couple can walk hand in hand in the streets without being disturbed, very naturally, and gays can even marry. Barcelona is also a great city for having fun, freedom and entertainment, and this trend increases year after year thanks to the many events being organized. Bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels and gay friendly shops complete this offering.
The access to the city of Barcelona is quite easy as it is possible to come by plane and by land via rail, bus, private car or by sea. Planes and trains are faster. The airport is only fifteen kilometers from the city, and from there you can take taxis, rail or bus to get downtown. If you come here from European cities or from other Spanish cities by train, be aware that the city has different rail networks. The fastest is the high-speed TGV train. The stations are well served by taxis, underground trains and buses.
The bus stations are centric also for long-distance journeys, and bus is one of the cheapest alternatives to visit the city. One other alternative, not so economic but glamuor, is to do so by sea, on a private boat or cruise. Barcelona is becoming one of the gay reference cities for this type of travels. Once you're here, if you want to stay in a hotel where you feel at home, you can opt for one those hotels flagged as gay friendly, hotels with a taste and style for the gay community where you will be always welcome and respected. Barcelona has a good quality of hotels in general.
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate, with dry summers and mild, humid and warm winters. January and February are the coldest months. July and August are the hottest of the year. It is not uncommon to find people sunbathing on the beach even in winter. Barcelona offers miles of beaches lined with palm trees and beach bars. We draw your attention to the gay beaches of Sant Sebastià (nudist), Barceloneta and Nova Mar Bella. At any time of year in Barcelona you can enjoy the sun, and eat at restaurants outdoors, have a drink on the terraces of its streets and squares or stroll along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Barcelona believes in combining the old and the new with marvellous and unusual results. You can find many examples of this curious mixture of medieval and modern in places such as : El Barrio Gótico, Las Ramblas, La Plaza de Catalunya, the Olympic port, Picasso Museum, and the Miró Foundation. And if that is not enough to take your breath away, think of the various architectural works of Antonio Gaudi, such as El Parque Güell, La Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera.
The gay atmosphere in Barcelona is respected and prominent, with many bars, clubs, restaurants and shops throughout the city, especially around L'Eixample, Gracia and Ciutat Vella. In particular, when entering the gay zone Eixample, popularly known as Gaixample, within walking distance of downtown, rainbow flags in the facades of the shops are a welcome sign to the gay community. The neighborhood is historic, safe and friendly, ..and we are not in New York or London, but in Barcelona, where life flows very normally, through many exclusive locations open to the general public.
Shopping in Barcelona is a delight for the gay community. The Catalan capital has a wide range of shops where you can find quality products and services at competitive prices, as well as the best national and international design products. The shopping malls are remarkable for their careful design and attention to the public. Besides the city has a lot of good professionals who offer their services with a special attention to the gay community: Photographers, jewellers, masseurs, hairdressers, consultants, doctors, webmasters, translators ... all to make one feel at ease.
The gay nightlife in Barcelona is one of the strongest in Europe and generally starts quite late, especially on weekends, so that it's good to start the night in one of the many restaurants or bars and cafes outdoors. Barcelona offers a wide range of cuisine at reasonable prices, combined with good service and a pleasant atmosphere. While there are great restaurants in the gay area, it's worth to go around in town to savor the cuisine and the wines. As throughout in the country, people do not usually have dinner before 22:00, and they end around midnight.
After midnight is when the bars begin to start with music and animation. If on the other hand one wants to go for discos, people tend to show up around 02:00 pm until late at night or even in the morning. Festivals are organized throughout the year in different spaces which attract the best DJs from around the world as the city opens up to the European gay trends. Barcelona nightlife also includes cinemas, theatres,cafe-theatre and cabarets. The meeting clubs are also a good place to have fun.
Barcelona is a safe city, with great potential for "cruising" in parks, public spaces or beaches to discover by asking people in the gay scene. As anywhere, you should pay some attention. Such zones are usually outdoors, and sometimes frequented also by criminals, who take advantage of the vulnerability of the gay people. Having sex in the open is not an illegal activity according to the Spanish law. In any case it must be done so that it does not disturb other people who use the same public spaces.
Use condom in each sexual intercourse. To avoid any infections in general, it is essential to maintain a daily genital hygiene. Make a medical checkup at least once per year. Take care of your health, stay away from smoking, drugs and alcohol.
Barcelonés / Barcelonesa
Catalan and Castilian (Spanish)
41°04′ N 2°02′ E
1.605.602 people (2006)
GMT+1, (GMT +2 april - october)
00 (int) 34 (Esp) 93 (Bcn)
220 - 240 v.
Mandatory identity card or passport
Guàrdia Urbana (Local police)
Mossos d'Esquadra (Police Force)