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Barcelona Gay Travel

Barcelona gay travel advice to help you find the best gay bars, beaches, hotels & saunas in this classic LGBT destination.

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The Gay Travel Experience: Barcelona, Spain

Sunny Barcelona has the hearts of gay travelers from all around the world, and rightly so! The city is very welcoming to the gay traveler, with famous gay beaches, high-energy gay clubs and a cozy gay district with tons to explore.

Barcelona gay travel
Barcelona gay travel
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Barcelona has been a popular LGBT destination for decades, and after visiting once, I can see why. I had such a blast dancing at the grandiose gay clubs, perusing incredible classic architecture and enjoying the relaxed life of Catalonia. This city is undoubtedly a gay travel must-see.

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Just walking the streets, you will feel how gay-friendly Barcelona is. After visiting for a few days, I kept noticing women carrying these rainbow tote bags. It was an adorable way people were showing pride!

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Barcelona gay travel experience
barcelona gay travel

Barcelona is quite an international city. Many gay expats live amongst the locals for the long, beautiful summers and easy pace of life, so you’ll have no problem meeting new friends. During the summer, many travelers spend weekends here from inland Spanish cities Madrid.

Gay Barcelona: Hotels & Where to Stay

Before browsing where to stay in Barcelona, think strategically about what activities you will be doing most. I say this because the city is huge! If you check the city’s street grid on google maps, you cannot easily tell how large each city block is. I can certainly tell you though, walking from one neighborhood to another is no quick trip.

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Barcelona Gay Travel
gay hotels Barcelona

Poble Sec is the best option for the most authentic Barcelona experience. With few tourists, prices are cheaper, and locals rave about the amazing authentic tapas restaurants. A working-class neighborhood to the south of the city, Poble Sec has great public transit access to other parts of town.

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Note that if you stay in the gothic quarter or close to the luxurious W Hotel Barcelona, you will encounter primarily tourists. If you’re a gay traveler who loves to mingle with the local guys, you won’t find them anywhere near here. These are areas locals tend to avoid, so accommodations in these areas will be less authentic. Nonetheless, sometimes comfort is a traveler’s priority!

Staying in Barcelona’s Eixample gay neighborhood is quite often a no-brainer for first time gay travelers. Below, I’ll discuss all you’ll need to know.

The Barcelona Gay District

Eixample (pronounced “eye-shamp-luh”) is Barcelona’s gay district and is best for quick access to gay nightlife in Barcelona. If you travel with friends, I recommend you stay here because obtaining several cabs from other parts of town can sometimes be difficult.

There are a ton of affordable and stylish Airbnb rentals in Eixample. There’s plenty of nearby restaurants, bars and saunas, too.

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Barcelona gay travel stay
Barcelona neighborhoods

Check out Barcelona’s metro system map before booking your place to stay. The Metro runs almost 24-hours and usually gets you places faster than a taxi. The Eixample neighborhood has great access to the metro. Being nearby a metro station can be a great convenience.

Barcelona Gay Travel Experiences

Barcelona is quite large and spread out, so you’ll definitely be better off planning your activities before starting your day. The city is also quite touristic, so try to stick to some more authentic attractions after you hit the must-see spots.

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Roman Ruins in the Gothic Quarter

If you love history, architecture and/or shopping, then peruse the busy streets of the Gothic Quarter. In the exact center, you can enter the old Roman city, so check out the striking change in architectural styles. I had a local gay friend who grew up in Barcelona show me these amazing sites!

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gothic quarter Barcelona
Barcelona gay travel

While the Barcelona Gothic Quarter is very pretty and full of shops, it’s not a place where you can expect to find much authentic Spanish/Catalonian culture. Definitely go for the beautiful architecture, but take note that you’ll be mostly surrounded by mainly tourists.

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Parc Güell

You definitely have to see Parc Güell even though it’s one of the most touristic areas in Barcelona. The stunning views are very much worth it. I recommend completely skipping the tourist lines for the observation area, because you can get a better view without paying.

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Barcelona gay travel

Continue walking along the path toward the top of the mountain. There is a large rock platform with steps up to the 360-degree views. It’s completely free. 

The Sagrada Familia

On many visitor’s lists is the world-famous Sagrada Familia. Get there at sunrise to beat the tourists! It’s beautiful to see the sun’s reflection early in the morning. The experience of waiting in line to go inside gets mixed reviews. Some prefer to only view the outside, which is what I did.

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sagrada familia
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Barcelona Gay Beaches

The gay beach lovers should certainly head to Platja de la Mar Bella. Locals prefer it because it’s away from the tourist epicenter in Barceloneta. Chiringuito BeGay is a large covered outdoor restaurant with walk-up bar offering decent service. I had a ton of fun here! A second option near Mar Bella is Bogatell.

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Barcelona gay travel
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Walking through Barceloneta is great after some time at the beach. My first time in Barcelona I walked from the W hotel toward the port to go jet skiing. I saw the sunset behind the W hotel from the water, a picturesque view I will never forget.

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The next day my friends and I rented one of those “banana boats” that whips you around out on the water. A few bruises and a ton of laughter later, we regretted nothing.

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Barcelona Gay Bars

The Barcelona gay travel experience is not complete without hitting some of these amazing gay bars and clubs! I like a range of options, from lounge-like bars to mega dance-clubs, so here’s the lowdown.
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The Local Favorite Gay Bar

For a smaller cozy Barcelona gay bar, my favorite is La Chapelle. Local gay residents frequent this spot in Barcelona’s gay neighborhood, Eixample. 

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la chapelle Barcelona gay bar
la chapelle gay bar

It’s super easy to pay a visit to La Chapelle as a solo traveler. The layout is narrow and the space is relatively small, so you won’t feel like you’re showing up to a huge space without a wingman. Blending in is pretty easy, while enjoying a few drinks served by the handsome bartenders.

Punto BCN: Top LGBT Bar

Punto BCN is right across the street, very popular among LGBT tourists visiting Barcelona. The space is quite big, but it’s not common to dance here. The overall vibe is friendly normally attracts groups of friends looking to socialize before moving on to another gay bar.

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Barcelona gay travel
Punto gay bar Barcelona

Bar Punto is a fantastic and inclusive place to start your night. They also seem to have the largest number of queer/lesbian patrons out of all the gay bars in Barcelona.

Punto gay bar Barcelona

More Popular Gay Bars In Barcelona

On the smaller side, GinGin Gay Bar is a great option for a mid-week meetup with friends or a spot to start your night out on the weekends. The bar staff is friendly and so are the guys that hang out here! I found there to be a mix of English and Spanish speaking people, both locals and tourists.

Boys Bar Barcelona
Barcelona gay travel
Boys Bar Barcelona

I visited GinGin bar on a Tuesday and they had great drink specials. They pour a deliciously strong drink, too. 

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BoysBar BCN is another favorite small Barcelona gay bar. It gets a little more rowdy and risqué here, with sexy dancers showing off behind towels. Definitely worth stopping by while you’re in BCN!

Barcelona Gay Clubs & Parties

Gay clubs in Barcelona are some of the best in Spain. Lots of LGBT travelers come to Barcelona to party. Here are some of the top gay clubs and parties in the city.

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Barcelona's Biggest Gay Club

The Black Room is one of my favorite gay clubs in BCN. I have been to this club a bunch of tiumes. I always go when im in BCN. They have stellar music, sexy go-go dancers and decent drink specials.

The Black Room BCN
The Black Room BCN
Gay circuit party BCN

If you arrive earlier in the night, you usually get a free drink upon entry. Don’t forget that the guys in Barcelona start the party late! It’s common for most to show up to the club at 1:00 am to start the night.

Gay circuit party BCN

Metro Disco

Metro Disco has much more room to spread out with several small connected dance floor areas. This venue is not nearly as intense as The Black Room or other Barcelona circuit parties, but it’s still a great time.

Barcelona gay travel
Barcelona gay travel
Barcelona gay travel

The DJ at Metro Disco was great when I visited. They played more lyrical dance/pop music. They have a cool little booth tucked into the wall of the dance floor. Lastly, drinks here were a bit more expensive than other bars.

Yass! Party: Barcelona Gay Travel Favorite

This one is a newer gay party in Barcelona. Yass! didn’t exist when I visited, but has since grown to be a local favorite. My friend Xavier, who spent several years living in BCN, loves this party and recommends we all get there as soon as possible!

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Barcelona gay party

Entry to the party with a drink included is 12 Euro until 1:00 AM, then 15 Euro afterwards. There seems to be a great mix of different types of gay guys at Yass! This club is definitely a new Barcelona gay travel hotspot.

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Tanga! Barcelona: A Favorite Gay Party

Locals always mention the Tanga! Party as a favorite. Although its open during the week, there may only be a few people on these nights. It will definitely be fuller on weekends.

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Tanga! party Barcelona
gay party Barcelona

Most gay clubs in Barcelona charge an entrance fee at the door, usually 10 euros, but this includes a drink voucher. They just want to make sure you’re buying a drink!

BCN Gay Saunas

If you’re still up for more fun after the party ends, the best Barcelona gay sauna is Sauna Casanova. While it’s hard to come by a gay sauna these days that has anywhere near raving reviews, Sauna Casanova ranks pretty well on the cleanliness scale.

Tanga! party Barcelona

The peak hours at Casanova are usually Saturday and Sunday mornings between 5am and 8am. The facilities have everything you’ll need from lockers to showers.

Barcelona Gay Travel Tips

Firstly, if you’re going out to gay clubs in Barcelona on the weekend, don’t expect anyone to show up until at least 2:00 in the morning! Drink specials usually encourage arriving prior to 1:00, so people filter in from 1:00 to 2:30. Local gay men party all night, often until 6:00 in the morning!

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Barcelona gay travel
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If you’re looking for a grocery store, Mercadona has the lowest prices. Food in Spain is quite inexpensive. But watch out, because you can easily pay double at a small supermercat without realizing it.

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Taxis are not too expensive in Barcelona, unless you are stuck in traffic! Late night rides home across the city are usually less than 10 Euro, but can be a bit more if you’re hitting lots of traffic lights on the way to the beach on a busy summer day.
Barcelona gay travel

Traveling between cities in Spain and nearby France is quite convenient by bus. I traveled all around the mediterranean coast using Flixbus busses, which are almost always exactly on time, comfortable, civilized and safe. They’re also pretty cheap. Book your ticket!

Keep Your Belongings Secure

Whether you’re walking busy streets or dancing at a nightclub, pickpocketing is a huge crime in Barcelona. I personally have been pickpocketed at a club in BCN, a result of being an easy target with my phone hanging out of my pocket.

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Barcelona neighborhoods
things to do in Barcelona

Tourists in Barcelona are victims of petty theft all the time. Make sure you have your phone and wallet secure in a front pocket. If you’re going out to a club in tight shorts, get a fanny pack or my personal favorite, a concealable Flip Belt!

Barcelona Local Language & Identity

If you meet someone born and raised in Barcelona, you may learn they don’t consider themselves to be “Spanish,” but “Catalan.” Catalunya has been fighting from Independence from Spain for hundreds of years, but recently tensions have grown significantly. If you get a chance to ask a local about their opinions, I bet you won’t be bored!

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Barcelona markets
Barcelona parks

You also be familiar that Catalan is the local spoken language. It is sort of like a mixture of Spanish and French. Locals usually speak both Catalan and Spanish, so don’t worry about too much of a language barrier.

Gay Life in Spain

If you didn’t know, back in the Roman Empire, marriage between men was commonplace! Later regimes were responsible for deeming same-sex activity illegal.Since 2005, MSM’s have been permitted to donate blood, gay marriage has been legal and LGBT adoption has been legal. 

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The workplace has protected sexual orientation discrimination sine 1995. Gender identity is protected in some regions, but not everywhere. One of the highest acceptance rates of homosexuality is in Spain, with 88% of the population supporting it as of 2013.

Barcelona gay travel experience
Barcelona gay travel
Barcelona gay travel experience

Rates of hate speech nationwide has slightly increased in recent years. This has been taken seriously and in 2014, the government of Catalunya passed a law imposing fines over 10,000 Euros for any hate crimes against the LGBT community.

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