With its unique combination of warm climate, culture and exciting venues and events, Barcelona has been a favorite European gay 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 lots of choices in gay nightlife, daytime sightseeing and local excursions.
The Gay District – Gayxample
Visually stunning with its elegant architecture, Gayxample is a vibrant gay neighborhood in Barcelona. Located between Calle Comte d'Urgell and Rambla Catalunya, Gran Via and Calle Provenca, Gayxample is full of chic restaurants, bars, stores and cafes. It is an ideal place to meet with friends or to simply have a coffee while people-watching. Get a haircut or enjoy a sauna before going out to a nightclub. All of these diversions are a short walk away.
One of the reasons so many people are drawn to gay Barcelona is the four kilometers of beaches that run to the north from the city port. Among the most popular gay beaches in Barcelona are Nova Icaria, San Sebastia & Barceloneta and Mar Bella nudist beach. Popular with straight and gay visitors, quiet Nova Icaria is located near the Marina and several restaurants and cafes on the promenade behind the beach. Known for its boisterous night crowd, San Sebastia & Barceloneta stretches for one kilometer from the W Hotel toward the Olympic Marina. Furthest from the city yet arguably the most popular gay beach, Mar Bella is visited by nudists and non-nudists alike and is conveniently located near many bars and restaurants
Gay Barcelona has a lot to offer visitors who are interested in experiencing an urban adventure. For a central location in the Gayxample neighborhood, visit Axel Hotel Barcelona, known for its friendly service and comfortable accommodations. Along with a restaurant and bar, Axel Hotel Barcelona offers a relaxing spa experience.
There is a variety of gay clubs to visit while you are in Barcelona. Try Bim Bam Bum, located in the Gayxample neighborhood, for cocktails and a DJ spinning house music. After Bim Bam Bum, hop over to Arena Disco, also in Gayxample, for a younger crowd that loves to drink cocktails and dance. If you enjoy music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, you might try Arena, a similarly named club, without the disco music. If you are willing to leave the Gayxample neighborhood, try L'Atlantida Beach Club, which has a huge space and a pool for large crowds who like to party outside and on the beach.
For late night, sometimes chemically-assisted, shirtless dancing, visit “Saturgays” – a regular dance party with stage performers and cheap drinks. Another party on Saturdays in gay Barcelona is “Pervert,” which also involves a lot of gym-toned bodies dancing shirtless into the night.
For those looking for a sauna experience, there are a number of options, including Casanova, located in the Gayxample, which is known by many as the “party sauna.” If an more intimate experience is the goal, BoyBerry is a good choice as it offers videos, cruise areas, cabins and lockers.
There is no doubt that gay Barcelona offers some of the most exciting attractions in Europe, including two major gay events: Barcelona Pride and the Circuit Festival. In June, the city celebrates gay pride with a parade and festival. The Circuit Festival is a week of parties in August for gay men and women that attract tens of thousands of visitors to Barcelona.