Gay Barcelona Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in Barcelona

|  10 – 20 June 2021
FIRE!! – Mostra Internacional de Cinema Gai i Lesbià 2021: annual independent film and documentary festival, hosted by Casal Lambda.
@ Institut français Barcelone (C. de Moià 8)
|  23 – 24 June 2021
Sant Joan: the Saint John's Day is one of the most popular feast days in Catalonia, with bonfires and lots of firecrackers, music, dancing and food in the streets and along the beaches in the night before the 24th of June.
|  27 June – 31 July 2021
GREC Festival de Barcelona: annual culture summer festival with theater, music, dance and circus arts at the amphitheatre Teatre Grec on Montjuïc and at various venues across Barcelona.
|  28 June – 1 July 2021
MWC Barcelona 2021: huge annual gathering and showcase of the mobile industry, with fair, conference and many special events. (Formerly Mobile World Congress.)
Not surprisingly, also some of the gayest days in Barcelona each year.
|  7 – 15 August 2021
Circuit Festival Barcelona 2021: the largest gay clubbing summer event in Europe with thousands of guys from all over the world.
Tickets: 30-60 €
|  3 – 4 September 2021
Barcelona Gay Pride 2021: the biggest Pride event at the Mediterranean Sea.
Demonstration and parade on Saturday afternoon from Plaça Universitat along Gran Via and Passeig de Sant Joan to the Passeig de Lluís Companys, where on Friday and Saturday also the street party takes place.
|  17 – 19 September 2021
Panteresports 2021: annual international multi-sport tournament for gays, lesbians and friends. Hosted by the Barcelona sports club Panteres Grogues.
|  17 – 19 September 2021
GLTA Barcelona Open 2021: annual gay and lesbian tennis tournament in Barcelona. Official tournament sanctioned by the GLTA, the worldwide Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance.
@ Centre de Tennis Vall d'Hebron (Passeig de la Vall d'Hebron 178)

Accommodation Tip

Gay Hotel. ****, from 70 €
Stylish hetero-friendly gay hotel with modern facilities. Located in the Eixample district in the center of Barcelona, close to the gay bars and clubs. Big roof terrace with pool, lounge bar and view of the Eixample quarter.
@ C. d'Aribau 33
Barcelona 08011
Metro, Bus: Plaza de Universitat

About Barcelona and its gay life

For gay travellers Barcelona has been one of the favourite destinations in Europe for the last decades. The city has this perfect combination of a warm Mediterranean climate, beaches within and close to the city, mountains in the hinterland and the culture, nightlife, sights and infrastructure of an European metropolis.

Among the things that make Barcelona unique are the many fine examples of Catalan Art Nouveau architecture (Modernisme Català). Barcelona is also a good place to enjoy the modern design that had bloomed after the end of the Franco dictatorship in Spain.

As you can see on our gay maps, the center of Barcelona's gay scene is in the Eixample district (sometimes called the Gayxample neighborhood, or Gaixample in Catalan) with most of the gay bars, hotels and shops in Barcelona.

Annual highlights and queer events in Barcelona are the bears meeting over Easter, Barcelona Gay Pride in June/July and the Circuit Festival party weeks in August.

gay couple at the beach

For a day at the beach you can go by car or train from Barcelona to the nearby town of Sitges which is quite popular with gay men, especially in August.

But there are also some beaches within Barcelona: Platja de Sant Sebastià at the end of the Barceloneta quarter with a popular, mixed and clothing-optional beach at its right side and a bit further north Platja de la Mar Bella with a clothing-optional section that is also quite popular with gays.