LGBTQ+ holidays for couples, families and friends are becoming increasingly popular, as tour providers, hotel chains and cities are gearing nightlife, events and venues towards the community. There is an exciting collection of LGBTQ+ friendly destinations for you to travel to, both at home in Europe, and beyond. Whether you’re looking for a lively gay scene, a relaxed family break, or a city trip filled with culture and curiosity - you can find it all here. These destinations are not only gay friendly, but embrace and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, offering a fun and memorable holiday for you and your loved ones.
When Is The Best Time To Book An LGBTQ+ Holiday?
Like any holiday booking, if you want to travel at peak times, then it’s best to book in advance; otherwise, you can always make the most of last minute deals. The summer holidays should be considered when booking, too, as other LGBTQ+ families might be looking to travel to similar destinations at the same time as you.
If you’re looking to experience Gay Pride abroad this summer - with an idyllic backdrop, get those tickets as soon as you can. Everyone wants to celebrate Pride in iconic locations across the globe, and because these dates are so specific, prices can increase to meet high demand.
Popular LGBTQ+ Friendly Destinations
There are a host of Gay and LGBTQ+ hotspots in Europe and beyond, meaning there is plenty for you to discover and experience with your family or loved one. Whether you’re looking for lively nightlife and spas, cultured and romantic trips, or relaxing family fun, there is plenty to choose from.
Many popular British traveller destinations also have a thriving gay scene, such as Barcelona and Ibiza, plus the Greek islands are famous for being gay and lesbian friendly. Alternatively, you can deeply explore other cultures like Iceland, which hosts the biggest small Gay Pride in the world, and has a vast natural landscape for you to discover.
Berlin is considered one of the gay capitals of Europe, owing to its long history of gay advocacy, offering laid back LGBTQ+ cafes and events, with an exciting and vibrant nightlife. Amsterdam also can’t be left off the list of gay holidays to visit; this progressive city is teeming with art and culture.
Going further afield, the carnival of Rio De Janeiro is a must, as well as California, San Francisco, and of course Toronto. Or, hop over the pond to Australia and celebrate Mardi Gras in Sydney, and drop by some of the best gay beaches in the country - Tamarama and North Bondi.
Where Are The Best Destinations For Nightlife?
There are some phenomenal LGBTQ+ destinations that have outstanding bars and clubs, and are usually found on sizzling beach getaways, or in large cities that have an electric nightlife.
Sitges is a short journey from Barcelona, and this coastal town offers sandy beaches and beer festivals, and as a popular gay travel destination, you can meet people from all over the world while partying the night away. Ibiza is also a gay hotspot, with iconic music and a fantastic women’s only weekend called ‘Velvet’.