Valencia Gay Travel
Valencia gay travel is more popular every year! Take in the fabulous modern architecture, cheap food and amazing Valencia gay beaches! Find where the gay locals hang out with wolfyy.
The Gay Travel Experience: Valencia, Spain
Valencia is rapidly gaining popularity as a gay holiday destination. With a fantastic restaurant scene, high-end shopping, stunning architecture and relaxing beachside establishments, what’s not to love?
Ideal for a relaxing stay with friends, Valencia is a calmer city. Enjoy the gay beach, some gay bars and take it easy in the sun.
Valencia is one of those European cities where everything feels perfect. The easy pace of Spanish life pervades the city. I adore the humming street cafés and the wonderful beaches.
Whether you’re looking for a new destination, or you have plans to visit several cities in Spain, Valencia should be high on your list!
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Gay Valencia: Where to Stay
Valencia is much cheaper in comparison to Barcelona or Madrid. Your Euros will go a lot farther, so staying as close as you can to the city center is definitely worth it. Valencia is quite walkable and offers public transport, but the bustle is really in the middle of the city.
Valencia Experiences for the Gay Traveler
Definitely start out by strolling through the city center. Window shop the high-end fashion brands and peruse some local cafés. 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 Beach
Visiting Valencia between June and September? If so, head to Pinedo Beach! Pinedo Beach is the main Valencia gay beach. Clean dunes and beautiful water make for a perfect afternoon of sun. There is a free nearby parking area and the walk to the shore is less than 10 minutes.
Make sure to bring enough water and food with you to Pinedo Beach since there are not too many establishments here. Pinedo Beach is a must-see in Valencia during the summer. Even through September, the weather in Valencia is still perfect for laying in the dunes. Don’t be surprised if you see some naked people!
Some of the cheapest restaurant food I’ve found while travelling the Mediterranean was in Valencia. My good 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!
This generally applies to restaurants you find in public plazas and main roads. Higher-end restaurants will obviously cost more.
Llar d’Embar 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.
Closer to the city center, Aoyama II is a fixed-price all you can order sushi restaurant. 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.
Valencia Museums & Architecture
My favorite thing in Valencia was without a doubt the City of Arts and Sciences, touting the most stunning modern architecture I’ve ever seen. 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.
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.
Café de Camilo is right around the corner, where you can smell the beans being freshly ground before your coffee is served.
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 Mercat Central de Valencia, an old-style grocery market.
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.
Get Some Horchata!
Don’t leave without trying some Horchata! Horchata is the traditional drink of Valencia. Refreshing and non-alcoholic, you can have it anytime, anywhere. Many places will also sell you a liter of the stuff if you want to bring some home, so bought some to have with breakfast the next morning.
Some gay friends and I enjoyed drinks all night at Slaughterhouse, a great spot for burgers and drinks with small groups. Other nights we bar hopped in the city center, trying drinks from various small restaurants and bars.
Valencia Gay Clubs & Bars
A favorite gay club in Valencia is Deseo 54. Deseo 54 is the only club space in Valencia that only hosts gay parties. Gay locals and gay travelers alike attend massive parties with world-renowned circuit-party style DJ’s.
If large gay clubs are not your thing, then there are other gay bar options. However, you should note that the majority of the small gay bar establishments are filled with younger patrons. Instead of hitting these gay bars in Valencia, I stuck with a pack of gay locals who took me to some of their favorite spots
Gay Rights 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; 88% of the population supports 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.