Europe's Best LGBT+ friendly destinations
What makes a destination a LGBT+ friendly destination? The most obvious answer is that bars, hotels, restaurants, shops are available for the LGBT + community. We think that it can even go further than that. We, lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, bisexual people want to feel comfortable wherever we are without any judgment of who we are; we want to feel safe and respected. This can be possible with open-minded people and a strong sensitization led by politicians schools, families, police and the whole society.
Being an LGBT+ friendly destination must be a pride. Organizing the biggest gay pride in the world or having the highest concentration of LGBT+ bars is not what matters. What matters is to welcome any travellers with respect and make them feel at home. Discover the best European destinations for LGBT+ travellers and book your flights, hotel and best things to do at the best price and discover some of the best Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, cisgender destinations in Europe!
You ranked Malta in first place in this European ranking of the best LGBT+ destinations. In fact, Malta is not only the best gay friendly destination in Europe, it is also one of the most gay friendly countries in the world.
This beautiful island, bathed in the sunshine all year round, offers a large number of gay-friendly bars, hotels, restaurants and clubs. The quality of the welcome, the benevolence of the hoteliers, even the « non "gay-friendly" labeled ones make this destination so pleasant for the LGBT+ community.
Malta is not only LGBT+ friendly, it is also one of the most attractive and visited destinations in Europe. Enjoy the beauties and riches of this destination and choose your best excursions among our offer of the best things to do in Malta such as a "Gozo full-day sighsteeing tour of Malta sister Island".
Discover the delicious Maltese cuisine and if you feel like it have a drink in one of Malta's many LGBT+ bars such as the "Monaliza Lounge", the "Rubies" or the "Birdcage lounge". Enjoy their live music, cabaret shows, karaoke, in a warm atmosphere.
If you are staying in Gozo we recommend the "Dar Tal-Kaptan Boutique House", a LGBT+ friendly establishment. For its rooftop spa with infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, we recommend the Palace.
Not too many European cities have such a rich gay history as the Austrian capital. Gay emperors, generals or composers of days gone by and all the gays and lesbians of today convert Vienna into a unique travel destination. In Vienna, gays and lesbians can do more than just go out. Their shopping desires can also be fulfilled.
Anyone who has forgotten their vacation reading at home should make a trip to the gay and lesbian bookstore Löwenherz. Here you can browse for hours among thousands of books. In addition to classic and international literature, there are picture books, magazines, and DVDs. Our tip: Take your newly-purchased book and wander through the connecting door to Café Berg, where you can enjoy an excellent coffee. (©wien.info).
Gran Canaria - Spain
Maspalomas is known to gay travellers around the world for its endless gaypride, on the first 10 days of May. It is a perfect destination to rest, enjoy the sun, or party. Enjoy the sight of big muscles in tight fitting swimsuits, the best DJs, pool parties and colourful cocktails. You may come across Samantha Fox or some gay icon during your stay. It is a perfect destination for hearts to take, friends and clubbers.
If you want to drown in a flood of more than 100,000 LGBT + travellers, book your holiday at the best price during the Maspalomas Gaypride on the first 10 days of May. The destination is LGBT+ friendly throughout the year and autumn and winter are perfect times to enjoy the sun when the rest of Europe is under rain or snow.
The LGBT culture of London, England, is centred on Old Compton Street in Soho. There are also LGBT pubs and restaurants in Earl's Court.
London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world's best sights and attractions. With so much to do, it's hard to narrow down the long list of reasons to visit.
London is a première Shopping Destination. You're spoilt for choice when shopping in London; from the flagship stores on Oxford Street, to gifts and bric-a-brac at London's markets. Shop in Europe's largest urban shopping centre at Westfield Stratford, or visit an iconic department store such as Harrods or Selfridges.
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Book your B&B, hotel or apartment in London at the best price guaranteed as well as your best activities such as a a River Thames Lunch Cruise.
In Paris, the gay community has its neighborhood! The largest concentration of trendy establishments is located in the famous Marais district like Banana Café around the Saint-Paul metro station. Other bars and clubs are located elsewhere such as the Raymond Bar Club which recently opened in the Montorgueil district. On Sunday evening, Rosa Bonheur, in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, hosts a gay night in an open-air tavern.(©paris.info).
Book your hotel, apartment, B&B, at the best price guaranteed in Paris as well as your best activities in Paris such as your priority access to the EIffel Tower.
Algarve. Wherever you look, the colours of the mountains and sea are always with you, creating the impression of a water-colour dotted with highlights of gold, green and blue.
The region is an extensive and pleasant one, with a Mediterranean climate, marked by the smell of the sea at low tide and the scent of wild flowers.
A stroll through the tangled web of narrow streets, alleys and steps to be found away from the coast is the best way of getting to know this part of the region. But you can also easily lose yourself in the vastness of the coastal strip. (©visitalgarve)
Pioneering laws on marriage and adoption for homosexuals have made Brussels one of Europe’s most gay-friendly capitals.
The gay scene here is true to Brussels: discreet, varied, welcoming. The whole region is cosmopolitan, free and easy and tolerant, likes to party and speaks every language. It’s a city on a human scale, for walking around, making it easier to meet people. Brussels is famous for surrealism, museums and exhibitions, culture in all its guises and colourful events.
Brussels consists of ’quartiers’ or districts with different personalities, split into two main parts, the upper and lower part of town. (©visitbrussels)
Book your accommodation at the best price in Brussels as well as your activities such as a waffle making workshop.
At night, we like to have a good time in good company, and Porto offers just the right places for this. There are places which are welcoming and intimate, or more modern ones, with innovative and open-minded concepts, spaces with spaces within, where an assortment of cultures and arts live side-by-side, showing off the creativity and irreverence of the city’s young creators, and gay friendly ones, where no one will feel discriminated against. There are places with open-air spaces, art galleries, shops, stages for the theatre and presentations and cool spaces, with alternative sound and retro ambience. (©Visitporto)
For a perfect stay we recommend "Porto Moments Apartments" well located in the wine cellars district next to the Douro river.
Berlin is often thought of as a LGBT+ friendly destination in Germany, but Dresden has nothing to envy to the German capital. Dresden is a perfect destination for a citybreak in Europe. It is an ideal destination for travellers passionate about music, art, heritage, architecture. The city is safe and there are many places dedicated to the LGBT+ community.
Dresen has been ranked among the most romantic cities in Europe so do not waste time and book your flights and hotel at the best price as well as your best things to do in Dresden such as a Gala concert in the Dresden Zwinger.
Barcelona has become on of Europe's favourite destinations for the lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual community. As an open-minded and cosmopolitan metropolis, the city offers its visitors a whole host of attractions associated with diversity, freedom and tolerance. The LGTB district, with its year-round offer of services, is a good example of this.
The centre of the district is in the Eixample and is known locally as the Gaixample. Bounded by Carrer Balmes, Gran Via, Carrer Urgell and Carrer Aragó, it doesn't cater solely to the LGTB community but is home to a wide variety of gay-friendly bars, shops and restaurants. The best way to soak up the atmosphere of Barcelona's gay scene is to take a stroll through the streets of this district and see the rainbow flags displayed with pride from balconies and in shop and bar windows. Visitors will find gay- and lesbian-friendly travel agents and hotels, as well as hairdressers, fashion boutiques, restaurants and clubs. (©barcelonaturisme)
Berlin lives diversity in every respect. Even the infrastructure for gays, lesbians, transsexuals, and intersexuals is exceptionally extensive here. The long history of the gay and lesbian movement in Berlin has left its mark, for example in the form of groups and advice centres. No one needs to feel alone here; you can make use of a visit to Berlin to get informed and take advantage of the advice services on offer. (©VisitBerlin)
Book your hotel at the best price guaranteed in Berlin as well as your best activities such as a Trabi Safari through Germany's Capital.
Welcoming, exciting and tolerant – this is how the lifestyle city on the banks of the River Rhine presents itself to its guests: it's the place where everyone will find something to their taste. Admittedly, the gay scene in Düsseldorf isn't that large – but, on the other hand, the community is colourful and lively! A selection of bars and clubs, major events and organisations as well as outstanding shopping opportunities are waiting to be discovered in Düsseldorf. (©Duesseldorftourismus)
Book your hotel, apartment, B&B at the best price in Düsseldorf and enjoy your holiday in one of the most gay friendly destinations.
13. Alpe d'Huez
The Winter/Summer sports resort is well known for its very sunny climate. The village has been developing since 1936 and sits perched on a full south facing plateau at 1860m altitude in the Grandes Rousses mountain range.
The ski area called ‘Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski’ links up to the resort villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez, Ozen-Oisans, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas, La Garde and Le Freney. Its summit, the Pic Blanc is 3330 metres at its highest point and offers an exceptional panorama stretching over one fifth of French territory.
The resort is endowed with facilities that harmonize with the natural features of the resort to offer holiday makers a whole host of indoor/ outdoor, sports and cultural activities.
Life style resort ‘par excellence’, Alpe d’Huez offers a wide range of opportunities for snow sports as well as plenty of other activities to try out.
Welcome to Greece's most famous cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. According to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. And did you know that the island took its name from the grandson of Apollo, “Mykonos”?
Set out on a journey to discover a fascinating world where glamour meets simplicity. On Mykonos celebrities, college students and families mingle together to celebrate the Greek summer. Whether you are an entertainment junkie out for a real good time, or a visitor who wishes to explore the island’s history and tradition, Mykonos will certainly meet your expectations. (©visitgreece).
Book your accommodation at the best price in Mykonos as well as your best activities on one of the most famous cosmopolitan island of Greece.
With its laid back, bohemian atmosphere and reputation for cheeky, free thinking, lesbian and gay Brighton has long been considered the UK's gay capital. Everyone is welcome here.
As well as a thriving gay scene that offers some of the best gay bars and clubs in the country, you'll also discover a heady mix of attractions, festivals, museums, film, nightlife, comedy and theatre.
What's more, as well as being the proud home to one of the biggest Pride festivals in Europe, the city is also a top destination for civil partnership & same sex marriage ceremonies, making it the perfext choice for romantic or honeymoon breaks.
And if you are an LGBT family with kids, Brighton is perfect for a weekend or family friendly getaway too.(©visitbrighton).
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