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Gay & Lesbian Travellers in Spain

During time of fascism in Spain, homosexuality was subject to conviction and punishment. However, today’s Spanish are much more comprehensive. Spanish law enabled marriage and children adoption to people of the same sex in July of 2005.

Recently, 10 % of the Spanish population live with someone of the same sex. That represents around 4 million of people

Gay tourism in Spain

Gay tourism became a very prosperous business in the country. There are many Gay-friendly areasin Barcelona, Madrid, Ibiza, Andalusia, etc. It’s easy to find brochures and maps assigning all gay-friendly bars, restaurants, saunas, hotels, night clubs, etc. One of the most popular places in Spain is the seaside resort Sitges (a small town laying 35 km southwards from Barcelona). It has the best gay carnivals, held in February andearly March. The carnivals represent large homosexual processions in Spain. Apopular beach reserved for gay peopleis called Playa de la BossaRodona.

L'Eixample, a place situated in central and modern Barcelona, has the largestpopulation of gay clubs and gay guest-houses of the city. Gay community has a seat at de Centstreet and d'Aribaustreet,near the underground stations Universitat, Urgell and Passeig de Gràcia.

Chueca, one of Madrid’s popular blocks, is rich in gay clubs, restaurant, etc. Before this block became popular among gay society, thisquarter was a dangerous place. Ever since though, it has been transformed and modernized into the popular area it is now.

Other gay-friendly places can be found on the Canary Islands, i.e. the beaches Playa del Ingles and Playa de Maspalomas

Andalusia is the next favourite place, probably given to the fact that the area has a pleasant weather, many gay clubs, nudist beaches, shopping centres and much more. There are exclusive accommodations located along the Costa de Sol (coast), Marbella town, Puerto Santa Maria and Torremolinos in the province of Huelva, in the cities of Cádiz, Granada and Seville.

Some addresses of gay-friendly places:

Barcelona gay-friendly places

  • Gay Club-Bar
    Address: Ronda de Sant Pere 19-21, La Ribera
    Phone: (+34) 93 318 0686
    Underground stations: Urquinaona

  • Café Dietrich (a bar combine with restaurant playing music until midnight)
    Address: Consell de Cent St., 245, L’ Eixample
    Underground station: Urgell or Universitat

  • AireSala Diana (the most popular lesbian club and bar)
    Address: Valencia St., 236, L’ Eixample
    Phone: (+34) 93 451 5812
    Underground station: Passeig de Gràcia

  • Arena Madre (the most favourite club)
    Address: BalmesSt., 32,
    Phone: (+34) 93 487 8342
    Underground station: Passeig de Gràcia

Madrid gay-friendly places

  • Escape (gay club)
    Address: Gravina St., 13
    Open Wednesdays – Sundays from 1am ‘till late in the morning
    Underground station: Chueca (Green Line, L5)

  • Griffins (gay club)
    Address: Villalar St., 8
    Open every night from midnight till late in the morning
    Underground station: Retiro (Red Line, L2), 10 minutes of walking distance from the station

  • La Rossa (gay club)
    Address: CalleTetuan, 27
    Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 pm ‘till early morning
    Underground station: Sol (Red Line, L2 or Light Blue Line, L1 or Yellow Line, L3)

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Gay accommodations in Madrid:

  • Hostal la Zona -
  • Casa Chueca -
  • Chueca pension -
  • HostalSonsoles, HostalOdesa, Odesa Apartments -

Gay Organizations:

  • Cadiz
    Address: Encarnación St., 5, Local, Cadiz, 11003
    Office hours: 10 am to 2 pm, appointments each Tuesday
    Phone: (+34) 95622 6262

  • Granada
    Address: AlhamarSt.,N º 7, Entreplanta
    Office hours: 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm
    Phone: (+34) 95 826 3853

  • Huelva
    Address: San José St. n º 35/37
    Office hours: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
    Phone: (+34) 95 928 4955

  • Malaga
    Address: Victoria St., 8, 1º A
    Office hours: 9:30 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm
    Phone: (+34) 95221 7199

  • Seville
    Address: Plaza de la Encarnación 23
    Office hours: 9 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm

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