Barcelona Gay Travel
Wild clubs and bustling beaches make Barcelona gay travel hugely popular. Find the best gay bars, stay in local neighborhoods and visit gay Barcelona authentically.
The Gay Travel Experience: Barcelona, Spain
Sunny Barcelona has the heart of gay travelers from all around the world, and rightly so! Barcelona is very welcoming to the gay traveler, with famous gay beaches, high-energy gay clubs and a cozy gay district with tons to explore.
After spending a few days in Barcelona, I started noticing many women carrying these rainbow tote bags. It was an adorable way people were showing pride around the city. It is guaranteed that when you arrive in Barcelona, you too will feel the love.
The heart of Catalunya has something for everyone, and don’t miss out on some Paella!
Gay Barcelona: Where to Stay
Before choosing your accommodation, think strategically about what activities you will be doing most because Barcelona is huge! I mention this because when you check the city’s street grid on google maps, you cannot easily tell how large each city block is.
Poble Sec is the best option for the most authentic 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, and you will likely get a good deal on accommodations.
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!
Eixample: Barcelona’s Gay District
Eixample (pronounced “eye-shamp-luh”) is the gay neighborhood and is best for quick access to gay nightlife in Barcelona. If you travel with friends, it’s best to 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. I stayed in a couple places in this area during one of my visits to BCN, and I’d totally recommend you do the same.
Check out Barcelona’s metro system map before booking your accommodation as well. 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 days out before going on a day of adventure. The city is also quite touristic, so try to stick to some more authentic attractions after you hot the must-see spots.
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!
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.
Parc Güell is a must for all visitors, 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.
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.
If you visit in summer, bring water and sunscreen as it can be a little strenuous climbing up here.
The Sagrada Familia
On many visitor’s lists is the 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.
Gay Beaches in Barcelona
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.
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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Barcelona Gay Bars
La Chapelle: Barcelona's Cozy, Local Gay Bar
For a smaller cozy Barcelona gay bar, my favorite is La Chapelle. The bar is frequented by many gay locals , making it a popular hangout spot in Barcelona’s gay neighborhood, Eixample.
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. its easy to blend in, make some friends and enjoy a few drinks served by the handsome bartenders.
Punto BCN is very popular among LGBT tourists visiting Barcelona. Its right across the street from La Chapelle in Eixample. The space here is quite big, but not a space to dance. The overall vibe is friendly normally attracts groups of friends looking to socialize before moving on to another gay bar.
Bar Punto is a great spot to start your night out, especially if you’re planning to attend a club later on in the night. They also seem to have the largest number of queer/lesbian patrons out of all the gay bars in Barcelona. The space is quite inclusive and not intimidating.
GinGin Bar & BoysBar BCN
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.
I visited GinGin bar on a Tuesday and they had great drink specials. They pour a deliciously strong drink, too.
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.
Black Room: Barcelona's Circuit Party 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.
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.
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.
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! 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!
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.
Tanga! Barcelona: A Favorite Gay Party
Another gay party in Barcelona is Tanga, frequently mentioned by locals 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.
A couple years ago I went to a summer foam party here! Check the Tanga Party Barcelona Facebook Page for upcoming events.
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.
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. Here is Sauna Cassanova’s exact location.
Barcelona Gay Travel Tips
If you’re looking for a grocery store, Mercadona is the best bet for 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. I always head to Mercadona to stock up.
Keep Your Belongings Secure
Whether you’re walking bust 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 nhanging out of my pocket.
My friend Xavier mentioned to me before my second trip to Barcelona that tourists get robbed 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 shoulder strap bag. You can find them on the wolfyy’s Gay Party Gear list on Amazon.
Barcelona Local Language & Identity
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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.
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.
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.