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wolfyy’s Valencia gay travel guide to hotels, things to do, gay bars, clubs, beaches & cruising.

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The Gay Travel Experience: Valencia, Spain

Valencia is rapidly gaining popularity as a prominent European gay holiday destination. With a fantastic restaurant scene, stunning architecture, extravagant gay nightlife, and a relaxing gay beach, what’s not to love? 

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Valencia Gay Travel attractions
Calatrava architecture in spain

Ideal for a relaxing stay with friends, Valencia is a calmer city by day, but can certainly get wild at night. While it may not be that obvious, the Valencia gay nightlife scene is enormous.

Calatrava architecture in spain

Valencia is one of those European cities where everything feels perfect. The easy pace of Spanish life pervades the city, similar to Spanish cities like Seville, Granada, and Cádiz

Valencia gay travel

I loved the humming street cafés and the wonderful beaches, including the awesome local gay beach. 

local market in Valencia
local market in Valencia
Valencia gay travel

Whether you’re looking for a new destination, or you have plans to visit several popular gay cities in Spain, Valencia should be high on your list!

Gay Valencia: Hotels & Where to Stay

Where is the best place to stay in Valencia? Well, this city is much cheaper in comparison to Barcelona. Your Euros will go a lot farther, so staying in the city center is definitely worth it.

city center

Valencia is quite walkable and offers public transport. I definitely recommend Valencia hotels right in the middle of the city.

city center
where to stay Valencia

I stayed right near the Colon metro station. Streets in this area are lined with cafés and restaurants. El Corte Inglés, a major shopping mall is a few minutes by foot. If you stay close to the center of the city, then you will find it easier to walk to all the city center attractions you’d like.

where to stay Valencia

Consider renting a car in Valencia to make getting around much easier, especially if you plan to visit beaches or attractions outside the city. Public transport to the beach specifically can take quite a bit of time.

You can easily book a vehicle in advance to pick up at the Valencia airport.

Valencia Hotels I Recommend

Here are a few fantastic hotels for gay travelers in Valencia that are highly rated and centrally located, perfect for exploring the city.

L&H Gran Vía Valencia

L&H Gran Vía Valencia

Marqués House Hotel

Marqués House Hotel Sup

Mon Suites Benlliure Hotel

Mon Suites Benlliure

Valencia gay hotel

Only YOU Hotel Valencia

Valencia Gay Travel Experiences

Start out by strolling through Valencia’s Old City. Window shop the high-end fashion brands and peruse some local cafés. 

Valencia gay beach

The main city center is quite compact, so you can get the lay of the land in a few hours. Then you can make your way to other attractions.

Valencia Gay Beaches

Visiting Valencia between June and September? Head to Pinedo Beach.

Playa de Las Dunas de Pinedo is the main Valencia gay beach. It’s notably further south than the main Pinedo Beach area. Also, Pinedo is clothing-optional!

gay beach Valencia Spain
Valencia gay beach
gay beach Valencia Spain

Clean dunes and beautiful water make for a perfect afternoon of sunshine on Valencia’s coast. There is a free nearby parking area and the walk to the shore is less than 10 minutes.

gay beach Valencia

Bring enough water and food to the beach with you because there aren’t many establishments here. And don’t forget some good beach towels.

valencia gay cruising
valencia gay cruising
gay beach Valencia

Even through September, the weather in Valencia is still perfect for laying in the dunes of the gay beach. Don’t be surprised if you see some naked people!

Valencia Museums & Architecture

The City of Arts and Sciences was definitely my favorite attraction in Valencia. The campus of modern architectural buildings is breathtakingly beautiful.

visiting museum of arts and sciences
visiting museum of arts and sciences
Modern architecture

Designed by Santiago Calatrava, you will feel like you are on the set of a movie, or perhaps on another planet. Go during sunset to catch the stunning colors of a lifetime.

Modern architecture

La Estrecha, the narrowest building in Europe is right here in Valencia! Measuring only 105 cm wide, it’s comical how small this thing is. I wish I could have gone inside! Great site to see, very close to many coffee shops and other attractions.

Valencia gay local

Café de Camilo is right around the corner, where you can smell the beans being freshly ground before your coffee is served.

cafe valencia coffee shop
cafe valencia coffee shop
horchata classic drink

Other great places to visit during the day are the Almoina Archeological Center, where you can check out some old Roman ruins beneath the city, as well as the Mercado Central de Valencia, an old-style grocery market.

If you’re thinking about visiting, here are 10 awesome facts about Valencia’s Central Market.

La Lonja de la Seda is also beautiful to check out, a Gothic-style building with beautiful interiors. It only costs a couple of Euros per person.

Try Horchata

Don’t leave without trying some Spanish Horchata! Horchata is the traditional drink of Valencia. Refreshing and non-alcoholic, you can have it anytime, anywhere.

horchata classic drink

Many places will also sell you a liter of the stuff if you want to bring some home, so we bought some to have with breakfast the next morning.

Popular Activities

Valencia Restaurants

Some of the cheapest restaurant food I’ve found while traveling the Mediterranean was in Valencia.

gay local at restaurant

My friend Jose, born and raised in Valencia, makes an interesting point—that going out to eat in Valencia usually ends up costing about the same amount as going to the grocery store and making your own meals!

gay local at restaurant
espresso coffee shop

This generally applies to restaurants you find in public plazas and main roads. Higher-end restaurants will obviously cost more.

espresso coffee shop

Llar d’Empar is a picturesque seaside restaurant near Pinedo beach where I had the most delicious rice dish of my life. It was squid ink black rice with garlic sauce and I’ll never forget it! They have seating right on the water and also a covered outdoor area.

Sipping sangria while feeling the warm breeze off the ocean was like heaven. While they don’t have a website, here is the restaurant’s location.

gay life Valencia
museum arts and sciences
gay life Valencia

I loved Llar Roman, and recommend this restaurant, especially for groups. Llar roman is a high-end lunch and dinner restaurant that makes unbelievably good paella. I was lucky enough to join seven gay Valencian locals for lunch here and I had such a fantastic time.

spanish paella

Ao Yama is a fixed-price all-you-can-order sushi restaurant, closer to the city center. It’s about 20 Euros per person and you can order as many dishes as you like from the menu. My gay friend Jose and I ate so much that we needed to go straight home and nap.

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Valencia Gay Bars & Clubs

There are a ton of Valencia gay bars right in the town center, so it’s pretty easy to bar try more than one!

Valencia gay bar
busy market
Valencia gay bar

The Muse is a popular and relatively standard Valencia gay bar. They have plenty of space both indoors and out on the street earlier in the night. You can count on awesome DJs and a fun time here at The Muse. 

Valencia gay club

Deseo 54 is a crowd-favorite gay club in Valencia. It’s the only club space in Valencia that only hosts gay parties. Gay locals and gay travelers alike attend massive parties at Deseo 54, with world-renowned circuit party-style DJs.

Valencia gay dance club
Valencia gay dance club
Valencia gay club

While Moratin 7 is not the most popular, it’s one other gay bar option. It has a convenient location, perhaps making a visit early in your night more convenient.

busy market

Valencia Gay Cruising & Saunas

Gay Spaniards also frequent Piccadilly Downtown Club for a rambunctious and upscale night out. While it’s not branded as a Valencia gay club, you’ll definitely find a lot of LGBT patrons there!

Valencia gay cruising
Valencia gay cruising
valencia gay sex party

Tête-à-Tête is one of the most popular gay cruising spots in Valencia. While it’s a bit outside the city center, locals and tourists absolutely love Tête-à-Tête for its friendly atmosphere and bar vibe.

They also host party nights, offering more than a typical gay sauna experience.

valencia gay sex party

Spain Gay Rights

Back in the Roman Empire, marriage between men was actually 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.

gay couple in Valencia

The workplace has protected sexual orientation discrimination since 1995. Gender identity is protected in some regions, but not everywhere.

exploring Valencia
gay couple in Valencia

One of the highest acceptance rates of homosexuality is in Spain; 88% of the population supports it as of 2013. Rates of hate speech nationwide have slightly increased in recent years.

exploring Valencia

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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Discover more Spain gay travel destinations with wolfyy’s gay travel guides to big cities like Seville, Barcelona, and Madrid, or fun seaside destinations like Cádiz and Torremolinos.

See wolfyy’s complete collection of gay travel guides for more gay destination ideas around the world. 


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