Gay Guide to BARCELONA

Gay Barcelona, the home of the circuit party, Salvador Dali and the siesta, is one of the most vibrant, tolerant and welcoming cities in Europe.

Parc Guell

Barcelona, with its Gaudi architecture and views of the Mediterranean sea, is deserving of its reputation as both a cultural and party capital!

Barcelona Gay Beaches

 The city blends the best of both city and beach resort. Mar Bella Beach. is just a short taxi ride from the city centre and a great place to watch the hot local Spanish boys.

Barcelona – The Beach City that loves to party!

Barcelona offers a delicious blend of architecture, nightlife, style and sophistication with a sprinkling of tradition and infused with a fierce independent Catalan spirit. Welcome to Europe’s no 1 gay destination.

Equal rights are enshrined in the Spanish constitution and the unique Catalan “Live and let live” approach to life permeates throughout the city. Add in world class dining, a stunning Mediterranean coastline and a late night party scene that never ceases to surprise, you have all the ingredients for a perfect sun filled city escape!

Exploring the city – how to get around.

The first thing you will notice when you arrive is that everything is in two languages, Catalan and Spanish. But don’t worry, French, English and other European languages are understood especially in the gay district of Eixample or Gaixample as it is known locally. Note that most of the businesses here will use the Catalan street name in their addresses so bear this in mind when taking a taxi or the metro.

Barcelona is a collection of diverse quarters and a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities. Remains of the old city walls date back to Roman times. Start by taking a stroll through the narrow winding streets of the ‘Barrio Gotic’, the medieval Gothic quarter full of interesting tapas bars and cafes. Check out Picasso old hangout, ‘Els Quatre Gats’, which has been renovated without losing its bohemian charm.

Slightly more touristy is ‘Las Ramblas’, a pedestrian street with dozens of outdoor cafes. Here, you’ll find flower-stands, book kiosks and small market stalls. There is also an endless stream of jugglers, singers, dancers, puppeteers, sidewalk artists, living statues and assorted oddballs on parade. Its worth a visit, but be careful as pickpockets are a problem in this area.

The main gay area of Gaixample is quite compact. You can easily walk from bar to bar and the area is just minutes from popular tourist attractions such as Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, the Museu Picasso, Parc Guell or Montjuic.

Barcelona is also a beach city with expansive views of the Mediterranean. Most of the beaches were created during the City’s Olympic redevelopment. Platja de Sant Sebastià located in the Barceloneta is a popular mixed nudist beach.

  • Where to Stay

    All of the main gay bars and clubs are located in the Eixample district, (known locally as Gaixample). Hotels in this district fill up fast, so book your hotel in advance to get the best rate.

  • Getting Around

    One of the best ways to see the city is via the Bus Turistic. You can book your tickets in advance, online and save time and money.

    Alternatively why not see and do everything Barcelona has to offer with a great value city sightseeing and discount card. Choose from 2, 3, 4 or 5 consecutive day passes and receive free entry, great discounts and offers to Barcelona’s major attractions.

  • Gay Tours of the City?

    Check out the following gay tours of the city’s most famous landmarks or take a night tour and discover the bars from a local’s perspective!

Exploring BARCELONA

From the bustling Ramblas to the sublime rooftop pools and clubs, Barcelona is a sumptuous city that has a bustling gay scene throughout the year.

Barcelona Skyline

Barcelona’s coastline was transformed during the Olympics and the city now boasts some of the best gay city beaches in Europe.

The Ramblas Barcelona

The Ramblas with its kitch and touristy vibe is still worth a visit to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the city

Barrio Gothic Hotel

Enjoy stunning views of the Gothic Quarter in some of the city’s trendiest hotels or take a cocktail on one of the rooftop hotel bars.

Gaixample Barcelona

All of the famous museums and architectural wonders of Barcelona are right on the doorsteps of the gay district

When and where to Party?

Barcelona is a city that loves to party… late! Bars and clubs get busy from around 1am. Hit the bars of Gaixample from 12am until 3am. Bim Bam Bum and La Chapelle are two of the most popular at the moment.

Most of the local Spanish boys will be out by 1am. Clubs get busy from 3am. One of the busiest is Metro, attracting everyone from tourists to muscle boys, goths to preppy fashionistas. The club is open every night and has a more eclectic mix of visitors during mid-week.

If you are here at the weekend check out Matinee Group’s “PERVERT” on Saturday nights and “The Black Room” on Sundays for buff boys who like to party hard.

Meanwhile for those seeing something ubercool and ultra-trendy, head for the Eclipse bar on the 22nd floor of the W hotel!

Barcelona Circuit Festival

No guide to Barcelona could be complete without mentioning the Circuit Festival. The event takes place every year during the first two weeks of August and attracts more than 70,000 visitors to the city. If you plan on visiting Barcelona during the circuit festival we advise you to book your hotel or apartment early to ensure you get both a good rate and a location close to all of the parties and events.

Axel Hotel Barcelona

Gay Barcelona HOT SPOTS

The most popular and recommended clubs and bars to visit – as voted by our editors.

Bim Bam Boom

Bim Bam Boom is possibly the hottest ticket in town during the Summer Season (early May to late September) in Barcelona.

Eclipse Barcelona

The view from the Eclipse bar at the W Hotel is breathtaking. Dress to impress when visiting this city hot spot and check their Facebook for special events and parties.

Saturgays Barcelona

The Black Room (Sunday’s) and Matinee’s PERVERT are two of the busiest weekend circuit parties in Barcelona

Barcelona Circuit Festival

The Gay Circuit Festival in Barcelona is one of the world’s largest gay events and attracts thousands of visitors from all around the world.

Where to Stay?

There is no shortage of beautiful hotels in Barcelona. Competition for clients is high and therefore so are standards. Booking in advance can save you a lot, especially during the key Summer months and during the Circuit Festival.

Barcelona also has more short-term rental apartments for tourist lettings than any other city in Europe. They are fully serviced and offer you all the conveniences of home. They can also work out quite well for groups of friends wishing to stay centrally but save on hotel bills.

The Epicentre of gay life in Barcelona is the Hotel Axel. It was one of the world’s first “Hetro Friendly” hotels and has since become synonymous with city’s gay friendly reputation. The hotel was recently refurbished and is located in the heart of the gay district of Gaixample. Right around the corner from the Axel hotel is the Hotel Cram. This boutique hotel is more demure in its approach to gay clientele. It is both stylish and relaxed and is the choice of discerning travelers to the city.

Finally, if you want to stay in one of Barcelona’s most iconic buildings on one of the most famous streets in the city, check out Suites Avenue. These 5 star apartments offer deluxe amenities and service to match!

Check out our hotels and apartments guide for some of the best places to stay in the city, no matter what your budget.

Barcelona HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS

Barcelona provides a wide range of places to stay from hip designer hotels to fully catered apartments. The city is busy year round with no real off-season. Book early to get the best rate.

Hotel Cram Barcelona

The Hotel Cram is in Gaixample and offers stunning rooms within walking distance of all the gay bars and clubs in Barcelona

Suites Avenue is located in one of Barcelona’s most iconic buildings and offers 5 star deluxe service and facilities.

Suites Avenue is located in one of Barcelona’s most iconic buildings and offers 5 star deluxe service and facilities.

Places not to miss during your trip!

Take the time to explore all the city has to offer. Barcelona is a big city, but is easy to get around with Buses and Taxis. Many of the locations listed will take more than half a day to explore. Also, be aware that queues can be quite long so we suggest you purchase a skip-the-line ticket online beforehand to avoid any hassle.

The Barcelona Card is a great way to save money and ensure you get to see the best of everything. It includes access to the best museums and things to see and do in the city. Purchase a Barcelona Pass to get the best deal.

The easiest way to see the city is by taking the bus turistic. You can purchase your tickets here. Tickets are valid for 24 hours and you can hop-on/hop off as many times as you like.

Alternatively hire a private tour guide for the day and take in a tailored tour, matched to your requirements.

4 things to see & do IN BARCELONA

Barcelona is a treasure trove of cultural and architectural delights! Its impossible to see all of them during a short visit – so here are the most popular as chosen by our city editor!

Sagrada Familia

On the subject of the extremely long construction period, Gaudí is said to have remarked: “My client is not in a hurry.”[.. The Church is due for completion by 2026.

Tibidabo Barcelona

Definitely not one to be missed, the Tibidabo is a fun day out. Take the tram, enjoy the rides and soak up the views of the city.

Magic Fountains Barcelona

The fountains at Montjuic are one of the most breathtaking sights of the city. They are also the backdrop for the annual Barcelona Pride festivities.

Casa Battlo

Casa batlló is one of the most famous landmarks of the city and one of the busiest tourist attractions in the city.

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Recommended Hotels in Barcelona

We recommend that you stay in the Eixample area where possible. Its close to everything – all the gay bars and clubs and the city’s main attractions.

Hotel Cram
Stylish- Perfect Location

Hotel Cram

Right in the heart of the gay district with rooftop pool, great service and a warm welcome every time.

H10 Metropolitan
Great chill out pool

2 minutes’ walk from Paseo de Gracia Avenue, with its boutique and designer fashion stores.

Hotel Palace GL
Old World Charm

Hotel Palace Barcelona

Hotels like this are rare in the city. Opulence abounds! Great location close to all of the bars and clubs.

Catalonia Plaza
Great Vlaue for money

Catalonia Plaza

Perfect location right in the heart of the city with sun terrace and spa. Books out often so grab a deal now!

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