Gay Barcelona Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in Barcelona

|  3 June 2022
Werq The World 2022: the stars from RuPaul's Drag Race on tour in Barcelona with their new show.
@ Sant Jordi Club (Montjuďc, Passeig Olímpic 5-7/C. Pierre de Coubertin)
|  16 – 18 June 2022
Sónar 2022: international festival of advanced music and new media art – one of the most important annual festivals for pioneering electronic dance music.
|  6 – 14 August 2022
Circuit Festival Barcelona 2022: the largest gay clubbing summer event in Europe with thousands of guys from all over the world.
Tickets: 30-60 €

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.