Gay Barcelona: guide to the best bars, clubs, beaches, hotels and more

Barcelona is one of the most open and diverse cities we’ve ever been to. Not only is it tolerant towards gay travellers, they practically roll out the red carpet for us! With a booming gay village, loads of excellent hangouts and fantastic festivals, Barcelona is a pumping city begging to be consumed.

We’ve begun to consider the city as a second home – its frivolous nightlife scene, the large LGBTQ community and stunning weather make it impossible to stay away for too long. Here is our detailed guide to Barcelona for gay travellers following our many visits to this fabulous Spanish coastal paradise.

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Gay Barcelona – the best gay hotels, bars, clubs & more

Barcelona needs little introduction and it’s one of the most popular destinations in all of Europe. With year-round mild temperatures, a seaside location and a welcoming atmosphere for LGBT people, it’s no wonder that gay travelers from around the world come here to indulge in the culture, nightlife and vibrant atmosphere. If the warm weather and seaside location isn’t enough, its stunning architecture and welcoming gay scene will keep you coming back for more.

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Gay Barcelona – the best gay hotels, bars, clubs & more

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How gay friendly is Barcelona?

In our opinion, we think Barcelona is one of the most gay friendly cities in Europe as well as one of the in the world. Historically, it is the birthplace of the LGBTQ Pride movement of Spain, where activists in the 1970s took to the streets to demand their rights. This ignited a pink wave throughout the rest of the nation and began to increase visibility for the Spanish LGBTQ community. Today, Barcelona continues to be a pioneer across the world for gay rights – a textbook example for other places to follow on its treatment towards queer travellers and citizens. This is one of many reasons why we rate it as one of our top gay destinations in Europe.

With an exquisite gay scene, filled with clubs, bars, eateries, hotels, and bathhouses, the city is a thriving mecca for LGBTQ culture. On every corner, there is some nod to queer identity. Whether this is a statue honouring one of the country’s most beloved queer writers or a rainbow flag flying outside a bakery, Barcelona is a city which appreciates its gay community.

How gay friendly is Barcelona?

The gay area of Barcelona

Wandering out of our hotel, jet-lagged and cranky from our flight, our plan was to grab some food from a nearby deli and get some sleep. But, oh, the Gaixample! It was practically calling us – and how could we refuse?

The Gaixample (pronounced “gai-sham-ple”) is the nickname given to Barcelona’s gay neighbourhood, located in the “Eixample” area. The majority of the gay bars and clubs of Barcelona are located right here. This is where you’ll see lots of gay couples walking the streets holding hands, rainbow flags proudly flying in the wind – it’s almost like stepping into the middle of a Pride parade! Yet, it still manages to hold onto a unique charm that feels so divinely Spanish.

Barcelona is a big city with public transport links including bus, metro, trams and trains. To make life easier when exploring, we like to use the because with just one payment you have a card that gives you unlimited access to the entire transport system for up to five days!

Gay hotels in Barcelona

When it comes to picking a gay friendly hotel in Barcelona, the rule of real estate comes into play. It’s all about location location location! We recommend basing yourself in or around the Gaixample gay area of Barcelona. Hotels in this area are more than accustomed to dealing with LGBTQ travellers, so there’ll be no issue about having a double bed.

Gay cafes in Barcelona

Gay spaces are often saturated with heavy drinking or nightlife. So, it’s refreshing for a city to create queer-friendly spaces that offer a quiet and safe refuge. Cafes are a great place to bring along a book, pop in some headphones and just zone out. Or, a chilled place to meet up with that Grindr date… Here are some of our favourite gay cafes in Barcelona:

Gay bars in Barcelona

When it comes to nightlife, no one does it better than the gays. In Barcelona, its Latin flair and hunky local lads only amplify its fabulousness! And if it couldn’t get more amazing. The barmen are very generous with drink portions here, so a single G+T feels more like double serving. For more, check out our comprehensive guide to the .

The gay scene of Barcelona is one of the best in the world but it can be overwhelming for first-timers. Having a local gay guide showing you the best gay hangouts and being part of a big gay group will definitely help you ease into Barcelona’s gay nightlife.

Here are some of our favourite gay bars in Barcelona, all located in the Gaixample area:

Gay clubs in Barcelona

The Spanish are notorious for doing things late. This explains why most clubs don’t get busy until after around 1/2am. Our advice is to go for drinks at one of the bars beforehand, which is a great way of getting a feel of what’s the hottest place to go that evening.

is also a great way to explore the nightlife of Barcelona and discover the best clubs Barcelona has to offer.

These are some of our favourite gay clubs in Barcelona:

Gay beaches in Barcelona

It’s no secret that we love a good beach. And when you make it a gay beach, then we’re practically banging down the doors of the plane to get there! With its stunning coastal views of the Mediterranean and super chilled locals who don’t care what you do or who you love, Barcelona is a contender for having some of the best gay beaches in the world. Here are a few to check out, but for a more complete guide, check out our guide to the best gay beaches of Barcelona.

Gay cruising clubs in Barcelona

Some like to dance. Some like to unwind in their hotel. Others like to mingle with hot boys – and that’s fine too! When we say that Barcelona caters for everyone, we mean it! The cruising clubs more than prove that. Whether you’re Vanilla or into more exotic stuff, you can easily find your groove in one of these cruising clubs:

Gay restaurants in Barcelona

Candlelit dinners to sparkling wine, a hot meal whilst staring out to the bustling streets of Barcelona is true heaven. These are some of our favourite LGBTQ restaurants where we could relish in PDA with no fear. For more, check out our detailed guide to the best gay restaurants in Barcelona.

Things to do in Barcelona

In between gorging on delicious Spanish food and relaxing in your hotel, you’ll be wanting to answer to Barcelona’s call. It’s a city that’s begging to be discovered! Here are some of our favourite things which we hope will inspire fellow LGBTQ travellers to Barcelona:

Tips to plan your trip

We’ve put together some handy hints and tips to help you plan your own trip to Barcelona. Read on to find out everything the gay traveller should know before they go.

How to get there: If you are then the closest airport is the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, about a half-hour drive from the city (depending on traffic). There are a variety of taxis, trains and buses to get from the airport to the city centre, although we usually prefer to book a private airport transfer so we don’t need to stress about anything except where to go for drinks that night! You can also get to Barcelona via train from other cities in Spain or further beyond the border.

Visa requirements: Travellers from the United States, Australia and New Zealand don’t need a visa for stays in Spain for up to 90 days. Other nationalities that are members of the Schengen Zone can also travel freely in Spain but if you’re coming from somewhere else (or just want to be sure) make sure you check your personal visa requirements here.

Getting around: Barcelona has an extensive public transport system, so you can get around the city via bus, metro, tram, train or even cycling. If you purchase a Hola transport card you can even have unlimited travel for a set period of two or more days across all the city’s transport networks.

Power Plugs: In Spain, the power plugs and sockets are of type F, which is the same as in most of Europe, Russia and some countries in Africa. If you are travelling from somewhere else we recommend .

Travel insurance: We always tell others to use travel insurance so that you will be protected in the case of injury, illness, theft or cancellations beyond your control. We’ve been using for years and cannot recommend them highly enough. Their coverage is very comprehensive and it’s easy to make a claim online.

Vaccinations: The that all travellers to Spain should be up to date with routine vaccinations like measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox etc. You may also need vaccinations for Hepatitis A, B and rabies, depending on where you are going and what you will be doing while there.

Currency: Spain uses the Euro like most countries in Europe. €1 converts to around $1.10 US or about 89 pence in British Pounds.

Tipping culture: Spain has a good minimum wage system, so you don’t usually need to leave a tip unless you feel like rewarding really good service. If you feel that you received exceptional service then you can tip 5-10% of your bill, but it’s not expected and locals don’t usually tip.

Internet access: There are lots of public WiFi hotspots in Barcelona, just keep an eye out for the blue signs with the white W on them. They only work from 8am to 10pm though so if you know you’ll be needing to get connected then you might like to organise to bring a portable WiFi device with you.

Online privacy: Since Barcelona is so gay friendly you won’t have any problem using gay dating apps like Grindr or Scruff. But if you do prefer to keep your internet use private then we recommend using ExpressVPN. Their service is both reliable and affordable.

Accommodation: There are many more places to stay in Barcelona apart from the hotels we’ve mentioned in this post. We always use when choosing accommodation as they have so many listings, excellent online customer support and often free cancellation when needed.

Sightseeing and adventure: We’ve mentioned a few fun things to do in Barcelona here, but if you’re looking for more, we love to use . The booking process is easy, there are countless of cool activities to choose from and their 24-hour customer support is excellent.

When to visit: Barcelona is a lovely warm destination year-round, so the best time to visit is during the off-peak season so you can still enjoy the beaches and attractions without hordes of other tourists. If you want to experience Pride (which is amazing) then you’ll need to head there in June, but otherwise, May and September are the best months for travel to Barcelona.

Queer durch Barcelona

F�r Schwule, die im Urlaub nicht nur Tag f�r Tag am Strand liegen wollen, ist Barcelona in den letzten Jahrzehnten zu einem der Top-Reiseziele in Europa geworden. Barcelona hat diese perfekte Kombination aus Mittelmeerklima, Str�nden in und au�erhalb der Stadt, Bergen im Hinterland sowie Kultur, Nachtleben, Sehensw�rdigkeiten und Infrastruktur einer modernen europ�ischen Metropole.

Zu den Besonderheiten, die Barcelona einzigartig machen, geh�ren die gut erhaltenen Zeugnisse der katalanischen Jugendstil-Architektur (Modernisme Català), die in Barcelona vor allem mit dem Namen Antoni Gaudí verbunden ist, darunter die Sagrada Fam�lia, Park G�ell, Casa Batll� und Casa Mil�. Bedeutende Modernisme-Bauwerke anderer Architekten sind unter anderem der Palau de la M�sica Catalana, Casa Amatller und das Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

Das alte Barcelona kann im gotisches Viertel Barri G�tic und den benachbarten Vierteln El Born und El Raval bewundert werden, w�hrend das neue Barcelona zum Bet�tigungsfeld moderner spanischer Designer und Architekten geworden ist, die hier nach dem Ende der Franco-Diktatur ihre Kreativit�t entfalten konnten.

Wie auf unseren Gay Maps zu sehen ist, befindet sich das schwule Zentrum Barcelonas im Stadtteil Eixample (deshalb auch manchmal Gayxample genannt bzw. Gaixample auf Katalanisch) mit den meisten Gay-Bars, Hotels und Shops in Barcelona.

Zu den j�hrlichen H�hepunkten und queeren Events in Barcelona geh�ren unter anderem das B�rentreffen �ber Ostern, der Barcelona Gay Pride im Juni/Juli und das Circuit Festival im August.

F�r einen Tag am Strand kann man mit dem Zug oder Auto (ca. 30 min) in den nahegelegenen Urlaubsort Sitges fahren, der bei Schwulen sehr beliebt ist, vor allem im August.

Es gibt aber auch innerhalb Barcelonas einige Str�nde, unter anderen mit einem Abschnitt, der auch bei Schwulen und Nacktbadern beliebt ist.

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Barcelona (Spain) cruising map with gay areas and spots where to practice cruising and to have casual NSA encounters

If you are gay and you want to practise cruising and to have casual NSA encounters in public places in Barcelona in an anonymous way, here you can find spots such as beaches, parks, forests and other spaces next to urban areas, as well as every kind of public toilets and rest areas of highways where you can practise cruising in Barcelona, Spain.

Below we show a Barcelona cruising map with all cruising areas and spots that shared our gay community. Click on the map markers for details of each spot.

In the tab for each zone you will find a location map with directions to the place: driving, walking, public transport or bike. You can vote the area and leave a comment for the rest of the community guys know your opinion, and if you want people to know you’re in the area, do not hesitate to check in.

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.

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: with a clothing-optional section that is also quite popular with gays.

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Table of Contents

1. General Tips2. Transportation3. Airport transfer4. Gay Hotels in Barcelona5. Sightseeing & Activities in Barcelona6. Gay Tours in Barcelona7. Shopping8. Restaurants and Cafes9. Barcelona Gay Bars10. Barcelona Gay Saunas & Cruising Bars11. Drunk Munchies12. Hangover Food13. Gay Beaches in Barcelona14. Gay Events in Barcelona15. Day Trips from Barcelona

General Tips

Barcelona is one of those cities that has so much to offer, you can never see it all. Given the number of attractions and places of interest, you should probably plan on spending at least 3 to 4 nights here to really get a good feel. There are many nice neighborhoods in Barcelona to stay including Raval, Barceloneta and Gracia. If you want to be in the heart of the action, the gay neighborhood is called Eixample (its nickname is “Gaixample”) and is centrally located in the city.

Gay Hotels in Barcelona

If you are traveling to Barcelona during high season (June to August), on the weekends or during major gay events, you’ll need to book these rooms in advance to ensure availability. Many of these properties are small and book quickly when in high demand.

Hotel Clarís – this property is a gay-friendly place located in Eixample near plenty of shopping and cultural attractions, only steps away from the Passeig de Gràcia, the legendary Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas and the historic Gothic Quarter. Rooms start at 150€ per night.

Axel Hotel – There are countless places to stay in Barcelona, but one of the most famous Barcelona gay hotelsAxel Hotel. They are the first gay hotel chain to coin the term “straight-friendly.” And even better is the rooftop patio with a pool and bar. Even if you don’t stay here, the rooftop bar is open to the public and well worth a visit during the evening for a cocktail and nice view. The Axel is located in the heart of the Eixample gay neighborhood. Great gym and restaurant onsite. Rates start at 100€ per night.

Two Hotel by Axel – the new, second edition of the Axel Hotel. The demand for rooms at the original Axel has been so high that they are opening a second hotel in Eixample. The original Axel will still be the larger, flagship property but this new hotel opening in July 2015 will be another option with a different style though still offering a fantastic rooftop terrace and bar. Rates also start at 100€ per night.

Hotel Soho – a gay-friendly property, without specifically being a gay-only hotel. Hotel Soho is open and welcoming to anyone, but they’ve made the conscious effort to embrace the LGBT community. They support the Barcelona Pride fund which puts on the annual gay pride each June, and come July, they even offer a dedicated poolside bar during the infamous Circuit Party. Located in Eixample. Rates start at 70€ per night.

TOC Hostel – this is a high end, designer hostel located in Eixample. It’s not necessarily a gay place, but they are very gay friendly. This is a great option if you’re on a tight budget or really like the social atmosphere found in hostels. You’ll find lots of great common areas plus an outdoor pool and terrace. They offer both shared and private rooms starting at 20€ per night.

You can also find budget friendly options at gay hostals in Barcelona. Hostals are not to be confused with youth hostels. In Spain, a hostal is a small, privately owned 1 to 3 star hotel with private rooms and basic amenities. Rates are often as low as 40€ per night for a private room with a shared bathroom.

Barcelona City Center Hostal – a gay-owned hostal in Eixample with simple and clean private rooms. It’s located just three streets away from Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Rates start at 50€ per night.

Fashion House – a gay owned bed & breakfast located in a 19th century building in the heart of Eixample, not far from the Paseo de Gracia and Plaça Catalunya. The property is intimate and elegant and room rates start at 50€ per night.

There are many sites for apartment rentals in Barcelona, with AirBnB probably being one of the most popular. Prices are generally comparable to budget hotels, especially if you’re willing to get a room in a shared apartment. Book AirBnB →

There are even a few LGBT-oriented booking sites like misterb&b with listings from gay hosts for gay guests where you can either rent a whole apartment or a private room in a shared apartment. Understanding Barcelona’s gay scene is much more easily done with the help of a local and apartment sharing is one of the best ways to meet someone living in the city who knows how things work, where and when are the best nights to go out, and what places to eat at and which to avoid.

Gay Tours in Barcelona

There are tons of tours to choose from when visiting Barcelona so it’s best to decide what you’d like to see and what level of service you want. Some of our favorites are listed below.

Gaily Tour in Barcelona Madrid – If you’re looking for a gay tour in Barcelona, then check out this tour. They offer city tours with local gay guides that can answer any possible question about gay Barcelona you could ever think of. Book tour →

Devour Food Tours Barcelona  – If you really want to experience the food culture of Barcelona with a knowledgeable guide, we highly recommend Devour Barcelona Food Tours. We took a similar tour with them last summer in Madrid and had a fantastic time sampling the cuisine at places we never knew to explore. Book tour →

Restaurants and Cafes

Depending on the time of day, there are several restaurants in and around Eixample worth a visit.

El Berro  – a nice café that opens early for breakfast at 7am and serves lunch until 2:00pm. You can find a variety of tapas, sandwiches and classic Catalan favorites in this local restaurant for a nice price. Address: Carrer de Diputacio, 180

Nikkei 103 – Japanese restaurant located in the famous gay hotel Axel. The food is cultural fusion Peruvian and Japanese cuisine. Like the hotel, the design is retro-modern with a relaxed atmosphere. Address: Carrer Aribau, 33

Brunch & Cake – this is a great option for brunch if you sleep through your hotel breakfast. They have great pancakes and French toast as well as omelets, soups, salads and sandwiches. They also offer freshly pressed juice and a home-brewed organic coffee. Address: Carrer d’Enric Granados, 19

Barcelona Gay Bars

Barcelona has a great gay nightlife scene, especially during the summer. Many of these places are packed on weekends and a couple of offer options during the week. Keep in mind that nightlife in Barcelona starts extremely late, so don’t be surprised if you arrive at 11pm to a bar (1am at a club) and still don’t see a crowd. Just wait another hour and the place will fill up.

Barcelona gay bar popular amongst tourists and locals in their 30’s. It’s open daily and often gets busy early by 11pm. Part of the Arena collection of bars and clubs. Address: Carrer de Muntaner, 63

La Penúltima – Located in the Raval neighborhood, it’s a small bar with an alternative atmosphere. It’s a bit hipster and is a decent place to meet people. It’s very hetero-friendly so it’s a great place to bring straight friends along. Address: Riera Alta 40

Sky Bar – this is the outdoor terrace at the top of the Axel Hotel. At nighttime, it’s the perfect place to enjoy the warm summer atmosphere of Barcelona while sipping on good cocktails. Though it’s part of the Axel, it’s open to the public during the warmer months starting in April. Address: Carrer de Aribau, 33

Barcelona Gay Clubs and Parties

Metro Disco – this gay club in Barcelona is the only real mid-week option. It’s an institution in Barcelona and everyone eventually ends up here from time to time. You’ll find just about every type of gay here so the crowd is very mixed. There’s a darkroom in the back if you’re looking for excitement. Each night offers a different theme including Cabaret Nights, Sexy Boys, Bingo and Stars and Strippers. Address: Carrer de Sepulveda, 185

Arena Classic – At this edition of Arena, you’ll find a younger crowd with electronic, house and dance music. Open weekends only. Address: Carrer de Diputació, 233

Arena Madre – This edition from the Arena group usually attracts younger people and the music style is mostly pop. It’s one of the few clubs open every day in Barcelona. Address: Carrer de Balmes, 32

Pervert – a regular party on Saturdays run by the Matinee group that’s men-only. It has a circuit party-type atmosphere with plenty of hot, shirtless guys who are enjoying more than just alcoholic drinks. Great option if this is your type of scene.

The Black Room – The more rogue gay party in Barcelona. It’s a popular party only on Sunday nights and the kind of place you probably won’t see many girls. Medium sized party held at a club called Sala City Hall with sexy bartenders, shows and go-go dancers. Address: Rambla Catalunya, 4

Sala Aire – The girly outpost of the Arena group is the city’s largest lesbian club, and as such sees a decent variety of girls shooting pool and dancing to pop, house and ’80s classics. On the first Sunday of the month, there’s a women-only strip show. Address: Carrer Diputació 233

Barcelona Gay Saunas & Cruising Bars

BoyBerry – You’ll find a darkroom (with lots of goodies), free wi-fi and many other surprises. The Barcelona location actually opened first and they expanded to Madrid after much success. Address: Carrer de Calàbria, 96

Night Barcelona – It’s the “Boyberry” bar, but since the actual Boyberry location in Barcelona doesn’t have a regular bar, they’ve opened another place located right in Gaixample, the gay neighborhood of Barcelona. Address: Carrer de Diputació, 161

There are quite a few gay saunas in Barcelona. Some of them are luxurious and modern, while others are smaller and cozier. Most of them are located in the city center, especially around the Gaixample. We’ve listed the three most popular saunas here for you to explore.

Sauna Casanova – one of the most popular gay saunas in Barcelona, located in Eixample with plenty of facilities and open 24 hours. There is a rush of activity when nightclubs close as well as during the Circuit Festival. The sauna has been recently renovated with enhanced space in the basement. The huge jacuzzi fits more than 20 people and next to a very stylish bar. This is the perfect place to find muscled men, young guys and tourists. 15€ entrance. Address: Carrer de Casanova, 57

Sauna Condal – another popular sauna but located in the Gothic Quarter with various themed parties. Generally attracts an older crowd. The entrance can be found through a discreet cul de sac in the Gothic neighborhood. It has three floors, with a huge dark room and a labyrinth. It also organizes theme parties (bear, leather, naked…) and it is the perfect place to visit if you are into bears, mature and chubby men.15€ entrance. Address: Carrer de Espolsasacs, 1

Sauna Thermas – the biggest sauna in Spain happens to be located in Barcelona. It is among the best ones in Barcelona especially due to its great facilities and the fact it opens 24/7. What else do you need? Cute guys! And there are plenty of them. However, one point to keep in mind is that some guys may expect to be paid in return for their company. Carrer de Diputació, 46

Hangover Food

Do yourself a favor and plan an extra day or two for a lazy and relaxed day where you don’t feel the pressure to wake up early and go sightseeing. There’s nothing worse than going to sleep at 5am and waking up at 9am to get on a tour bus. Barcelona actually has a decent brunch culture so head to places like Brunch & Cake for a nice hangover brunch. If you’re really lazy, you can layout on the beach to sleep off your hangover and get a fresh fruit smoothie from Rocambolesc Gelateria at Platja de Sant Sebastià (the smaller and less popular gay beach) to replenish your body with vitamins and electrolytes.

Gay Beaches in Barcelona

Besides hitting up the bars and clubs, you can find plenty of gays hanging out at a couple of beaches in Barcelona. The biggest gay beach in Barcelona is called Platja de la Mar Bella. Its located at the far left of the beaches (facing the sea) closest to metro stop Poblenou (line 4). Lots of local and foreign hotties come here during the warmer months and there are a number of beachside bars and restaurants to enjoy nearby, most notably El Chiringuito BeGay.

Gay Events in Barcelona

Each June Barcelona holds its gay pride where some 300,000 people attend. Barcelona is probably more well-known for Circuit, one of the most famous gay events of its kind each August. With more than 70,000 gays from around the world attending the 10-day event full of parties, it’s a must-attend for anyone really into the circuit party scene. New Years in Barcelona is also quite popular for gays and you can also attend the Matinee Easter Weekend party, the Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian film Festival (for a more cultured experience) or plan a visit to Barcelona on the Atlantis Mediterranean cruise that ports here each summer.

Day Trips from Barcelona

Sitges – one of the most popular gay destinations in Spain and just 40km south of Barcelona. You can easily take the Rodalies regional train here for a day trip or overnight visit. Sitges is a beautiful beach destination with the classic white painted buildings and blue shutters framing the windows. The town is well known for being a popular gay-friendly destination and the restaurant and bar scene reflect this. Book tour →

Girona – located 100 kilometers northeast and by train takes about an hour and half to reach. Girona is one of the more prominent cities in Catalonia and has famous sites in the well preserved old town like the Girona Cathedral, the city wall, the Church of Sant Feliu, Plaça de la Independència, and remnants of Jewish history before their expulsion from Spain. Book tour →

Figueres – located in the same direction as Girona, but another 40 kilometers farther. It’s a two-hour train ride from the city. It’s most famous as the birthplace of painter Salvador Dalí and might be worth an overnight visit if you have the time. The museum he designed called Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí is here and holds the largest collection of Dalí’s completely unique and odd works.

Montserrat – a beautiful mountain monastery located one hour northwest of Barcelona renowned for its unique rock formations. You can reach the mountain by a scenic train route and then take a funicular up to the top. It’s considered one of the most important and significant sites in all of Catalonia. Book tour →

49 Comments on “Gay Barcelona – the best gay hotels, bars, clubs & more”

Yaass! Nice guide – I’ve stayed at the Hotel Claris before and highly recommend it – they’ve got a cool rooftop bar, too.

In my experience, Barcelona is one of the most tourist unfriendly cities (high prices, lots of scams & petty theft) but it doesn’t stop me from visiting again and again. Can’t get enough of it, actually!

Ya we share your opinion somewhat. It’s a great city but it can sometimes have an annoying amount of tourists which drives the high prices, scams and pick pocketing.

Hi Guys – thanks for the help. FYI, just booked Hotel Soho for our trip in May but they did not recognize your discount code. Wanted to make sure you got credit for the referral.

Hi John – sorry to hear the discount code didn’t work. Perhaps they only extended it through 2016. Hope you enjoy your trip!

This is a great guide and one that I look forward to religiously follow for my planned trip to the city in Feb 2018. Not sure if all the information is still relevant, but this is definitely going to be handy. Is there are any “local” apps that I could use to get more acclamitized with the community? Thanks, guys! Cheers!

Hi Shane – it should still be relevant. We updated it last year with some advice from a local. Definitely let us know if something has changed that we need to include or remove. Have fun.

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Take Halloween out to sea with the largest and most fabulous West Coast cruise Atlantis has ever offered! Sail with 4000 guys from sunny LA to Mexico’s best beaches on the gorgeous new Norwegian Bliss. It’s our easiest cruise, filled with stellar entertainment, outrageous parties, and great friends. All at insane low fares from $699!

Atlantis celebrate 30 years of incredible all-gay vacations with an epic cruise that has it all! We’re sailing the 5400-guest Oasis of the Seas from Miami for an incredible week packed with stellar entertainment, spectacular parties, and non-stop surprises. Our biggest production in Atlantis history is the cruise everyone’s been waiting for!

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Atlantis returns to Club Med Cancun for the ultimate all-gay beach resort. Join 750 friends on our most active vacation, featuring everything from private white sand beaches to thrilling sports (try the Flying Trapeze or BootCamp) to endless entertainment. All in a completely comfortable, welcoming environment. Best of all, our all-inclusive fares include absolutely everything (even drinks!) for one low price. It’s the best value in gay vacations.

Spend a week at one of the world’s most beautiful beach resorts with Atlantis at our biggest Club Atlantis ever at the All-Inclusive Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda! You and 500 friends will find this is the perfect resort to play in true Atlantis style. All for one low price from $1299 makes this an incredible vacation value!

Experience Barcelona’s fabulous gay nightlife!

With so many fantastic gay bars and clubs knowing where to go in Barcelona can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily you can join a Gaily night-time tour with a local to show you all the best spots to drink and party!

Join a gay hike of the Camino de Santiago

The boys at Out Adventures are planning an all-gay hike along Spain’s famous Camino de Santiago. The 100km trek will earn hikers their very own Pilgrim’s Compostela, a certificate of completion and the perfect souvenir for the excursion. The holy saunter is bookended with weekends in Madrid as well as time in Chueca—the capital’s famously rowdy gay district. Olé!

Axel Hotel

Axel is the main gay hotel in Barcelona. It’s often regarded as the central focal point of the gay scene.

It’s so popular and highly sought after, it’s at 95% capacity for the whole year! So if you want to stay here, make sure you plan/book well in advance.

The rooftop pool and bar is a lovely spot for sunset cocktails or a refreshing swim. I mean, just check out those mini waterfalls next to the cute hot tub!

You’ll never feel more cosmopolitan than you did staying at the Axel Hotel. From its super chic and modern design to the stunningly gorgeous staff members, the Axel Hotel ticks all the boxes. It’s right in the centre of the Gaixample, hence, in the middle of all the action. Its luxurious rooms will leave you feeling spoiled and pampered.

To feel even more spoiled and pampered make sure you book some time in the luxurious wellness centre. Wellness Club 33 by Axel offers relaxing massages as well as a variety of treatments such as aromatherapy or facials. You can even take a pilates class in the gym, or work out with a personal trainer.


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TWO Hotel Barcelona by Axel

The Axel brand got so popular in Barcelona that they opened up this sister hotel a few blocks down the road. You’re right by all the best gay bars and clubs, plus the friendly (and super cute!) staff can give you lots of info about the best places to party nearby.

TWO Hotel Barcelona is also a gay hotel that’s ‘hetero-friendly‘, with lots of fabulous details like hot pink sun loungers next to the pool and hot pink walls in the rooftop gym.

These pink accents are the perfect addition to the rooftop pool, with a connected bar. There’s nothing more romantic than having a sunset cocktail while gazing out over the skyline of Barcelona – or just staring into your lover’s eyes! There’s also a steam bath and massage room for some extra relaxation.

The rooms at TWO Hotel are both edgy and elegant, with different but always interesting views. There are some wonderful little extras provided as well, like a universal phone charger in case you forget yours.

Cram Hotel

Cram Hotel is an elegant getaway in the beating heart of the city. Everywhere you look, there are soft cream furnishings, super soft seating, and fine art hanging on the walls. Even taking a stroll down the hall will leave you feeling calm and centred.

Located in the heart of the Eixample neighbourhood, Cram is ideally situated for exploring the gay area as well as seeing Barcelona’s most beautiful attractions.

There are a variety of room options available. From the affordable standard room to the incredible suites with private balcony and huge bathtub in the bedroom. Regardless of the size, each room comes stacked with its own mini-bar (score!) and a flat-screen TV.

Hotel Cram has a beautiful rooftop pool with views over the city as well as a terrace bar where you can enjoy a buffet breakfast or sunset drinkies. The Michelin-starred Restaurante Angle Barcelona offers modern dishes using fresh produce. There are also plenty of other dining options close by.

Pension Éos

One of the best gay budget hotels in Barcelona. We love it because whilst it’s a budget hotel, it’s still no less charming than any of the other hotels we experienced in Barcelona.

From the ocean blue walls in the bedrooms to the Modernist art, the decor never fails to make you feel like you’re right at home. It might be a bit on the small side but does tend to get booked up pretty quickly, so we recommend calling ahead to reserve your room.

The best part about Pension Éos is that it’s run by an amazing French gay couple, so you feel as if you’re just crashing in a room at a dear friend’s house. The rooms come with a fridge and coffee machine, while there are also laundry facilities on-site, so you can easily keep costs down.

There are a few different sizes of rooms to choose from, but there’s also a spacious living area where you can relax and socialise with other guests. Some of the rooms are pet-friendly, so you can bring your pooch if you organise it ahead of time. Breakfast is also served until 1pm, so you can have a lazy loooong lie-in after a night of partying.


Without a doubt, our favourite gay bar in Barcelona. From its local crowd to its sassy barmen, Moeem leaves you with an insatiable joy. The free canapes on Thursday evenings are a real treat. As if that wasn’t enough, they’re often followed with an exotic dancer show. Also, check out their Sunday bingo nights, which are hilarious! Moeem is open daily until around 2/3am and is located at Carrer Muntaner, 11.

El Cangrejo

A weekend-only bar, famous for its old school 1980s and Latino disco nights. We love it because it’s a very mixed crowd, so you’ll meet local guys as well as other gay travellers. El Cangrejo is only open on Friday and Saturday evenings until around 3am. It is located at Villaroel 86.

People Lounge

For when you’re feeling a little sultry, or if you’ve ever wanted to cosplay as a James Dean movie character brooding in a dark bar over a glass of whiskey, then the People Lounge is the place for you! This is one of the more sophisticated gay bars of Barcelona, attracting an older crowd. People Lounge is open daily until around 3am and is located at Carrer de Villarroel, 71.

Arena Madre

One of the most famous gay clubs in Barcelona. This is where you should come if you like a mix of pop and techno. They have themed nights, some of the best drag performers and a darkroom for when you’re feeling a bit frisky! If you head to the Punto gay bar beforehand, you can pick up discount tickets for entry to Arena. Arena Madre is open 365 days a year until around 6am and is located at Balmes Street, 32. Not to be confused with its lesbian sister club, Arena Classic, which is located at Diputacion, 233.

Safari Disco Club

One of the most popular gay parties in Barcelona, particularly for youngish gays (and their fans). It has a large dancing area with a sociable outdoor space for smokers. Whilst we felt a bit on the older side here, we loved the pop/Latino music. Safari is located at Carrer de Tarragona, 141. Check out the events section on their Facebook page for details of the next party.

Mar Bella

A beach? Check! A gay beach? Check Check! A gay nudey beach! Triple check! Mar Bella is one of our favourite gay beaches in the world. Close by is the Chiringuito Begay bar where you can get a refreshing cocktail in between dips in the sea. Whether you’re feeling bold to go fully nude, or you simply want to hang around in a relaxed environment to rock your new speedos, Mar Bella beach is a must! Just be warned, it gets very busy and crowded in the summer months, particularly during the August Circuit Festival.

Night Barcelona

One of the most famous male-only cruising clubs in the Gaixample gay area with a dark room and private cabins. The bar has regular photography exhibitions and happy hours from 6-9pm. Night Barcelona is open daily from 6pm to 3am and is located at Diputació, 161.


When you think of Pride festivals, you imagine a glowing summer sun beating down on a cosmopolitan city. You imagine tank tops and shorts. Cold drinks. The last thing you think of is snow! Well, the Snow Gay Weekend wants to turn that on its head. transport is organised from Barcelona so book a place on the Snow Gay experience and go skiing through the ice-capped mountains, with rainbow flags in tow. Just imagine…sliding down the side of a white hill beside a drag queen!

The next Snow Gay Weekend will take place on 13-20 March 2021.

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Pride Barcelona (June)

Of course, the mother of all LGBTQ events in Barcelona – Pride! Barcelona has an extra reason to wave their rainbow flags with it being the birthplace of Spain’s LGBTQ rights movement. Stars from all over the world fly in to perform for crowds of hundreds and thousands. The atmosphere in the city brings all of the routines of life to a standstill. And deservedly so! Most importantly, it’s truly awe-inspiring to see all the queer Spanish community get together and celebrate what makes them special. Read more about it in our article about what it’s like attending Barcelona Pride.

Barcelona International Gay Film Festival

Lights, camera, action! Barcelona’s Film Festival features the best movies and short films by LGBTQ artists. It’s an amazing way to meet other queer movie buffs, see your story reflected on the big screen and attend panel discussions on issues which plague the gay community.

Marvel at the Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is a towering, majestic, albeit unfinished, basilica which stands in the centre of Barcelona. Designed by the acclaimed (gay?) Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudi, this destination is one of the hottest spots for tourists. Its Gothic aesthetic is super alluring, and the rich history will be enough to stimulate any travel buff! While most people are happy to just get a snap from outside, we definitely recommend taking this tour of the otherworldly basilica interior – it’s as unique as it is stunning, feeling more like you’re in a rainforest than in a cold religious building.

Ascend Montjuïc Hill

A breakaway from city-dwelling can often hit the sweet spot. Montjuïc Hill is a prominent scenic fixture that overlooks the city. This is also where most of the gay pride events take place. We loved spending a day up on top and marvelling at the city sights from above. You can for the most scenic views of Barcelona. Once you’re at top, we recommend visiting Montjuïc Castle. This military fortress is now open to the public with historical exhibitions and gorgeous gardens surrounding the fortifications…perfect for a few couple-y Insta shots.

Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor, and author of the gay travel blog As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about traveling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends, and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gaycation Magazine, Gaycities, Gay Times, Pink News, and Attitude Magazine. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay-specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practiced as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more .

Friday nights at City Hall (Black Room) are also gay and popular. The party is called Dirty House (and Dirty Beach in the summer)

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Nova Mar BellaThe Mar Bella Beach is an openly gay and partially nudist beach in Barcelona. During the summer, there are plenty of guys swimming here and showing off their bodies. It can even be difficult to find a free spot! Cruising takes place in the clean and spacious toilets and in the bushes behind the beach. However, it would be wise to remain discrete.