If you’re looking at booking gay friendly holidays away from the bustle of the city, and prefer to pack your suitcases with nothing more than suntan lotion, bathing suits, paperbacks and sandals, then make sure to check out the best beach destinations. Blackpool is more than seaside casinos and kitsch glamour; it also offers a range of invigorating gay bars and plenty of gay-owned B&Bs, making it a great summer destination. Phuket’s gay scene is set amongst a pristine paradise of sandy beaches and lush greenery, and it hosts the Gay Festival every April. It’s not only a beautiful place to just kick back with a cocktail, it’s also incredibly friendly and welcoming. For a more cosmopolitan vibe, Barcelona combines old-world charms with modern pleasures, while Mykonos is famed for its gay community, as well as its turquoise waters and whitewashed villages.
Whether you're planning a relaxing break spent sunning yourself on an elegant beach, a laid-back jaunt to a chic, LGBT-friendly city packed with history and activities, or a hedonistic trip focused around high-octane nightlife, we can help you to plan the perfect gay holiday. We've selected a range of fun destinations for gay and lesbian holidays where you can enjoy mouthwatering dining and luxury shopping, sip cocktails in sophisticated bars, or party all night at a riotous Pride event or world-famous gay club. Our welcoming gay-friendly destinations are crammed with LGBT-friendly accommodation to suit all budgets, from cosy B&Bs to refined boutique hotels, so that you’re sure to feel at home.
MOST POPULAR GAY HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS
The most popular gay destinations offer the chance to escape to sun, surf and first-class gay friendly hotels, as well as to experience some of the best urban culture and nightlife in the world. Barcelona’s fantastic gay scene blooms in the bars and old streets around Eixample, and just 30 minutes southwest, the beaches of Sitges promise laid-back seaside days and hazy nights lost in the sunsets and nightclubs. Gran Canaria and Benidorm provide the backdrop for an endless summer spent sampling caldo de pescado (fish soup) and honey rum, floating in azure blue swimming pools or hiking the endless sand dunes of Gran Canaria’s Maspalomas. Rio de Janeiro, meanwhile, hosts one of the biggest Pride events in the world, featuring over a million revellers. Come for the parade and stay for the beautiful gay-friendly beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, and take a samba lesson while you’re at it.
Providing feasts for the eyes, the soul and the stomach, the most popular cities for gay holidays are an enchanting mix of cosmopolitan splendour, intriguing history and no-holds-barred nightlife. London may be best known for long-standing institutions such as Buckingham Palace, Kew Gardens and Parliament, but with a thriving gay community that’s the largest in Europe, it’s also forward-thinking, modern and energetic. Madrid and Amsterdam are home to similarly vibrant LGBT communities, and Amsterdam was not only the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, it’s home to several gay districts, and hosts the only Pride parade to take place on the water. New York and San Francisco, home to Greenwich Village and the Castro district respectively, are historical anchors for the gay rights movements and two must-see destinations for those interested in booking a gay-friendly holiday.