The world is changing, but there are still some locations that can be less than welcoming for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Thankfully, there are also many holiday destinations that are fun, friendly, entertaining and open-minded. Of course, they offer all the desired attractions too, including beautiful scenery, amazing architecture, luxurious accommodation, and even free Wi-Fi for those who want to play at their favourite online casino while relaxing.
Take a look at our top picks for gay-friendly holidays and see where you want to travel to next!
You need not look further than the Canary Islands for the most LGBTQ+ friendly location in Europe. In fact, the Canary Islands hold a reputation in this regard, and for very good reason. Combined with stunning weather and golden beaches, the locals also have amongst the most liberal attitudes in the region. Plus, need we even mention the Maspalomas Gay Pride Parade, which welcomes around 100,000 guests. It also lasts for 10 full days, including parties, tours, and other excellent entertainment. Book your tickets now.
You probably knew already, but you can’t go wrong with Montreal. Though, interestingly, besides the welcoming locals and opportunities for exploration, Montreal is also considered the most European of cities in North America. So if you can’t make the trip to some of these other European locations, Montreal is an excellent alternative.
New York City, USA
New York was a gay-friendly hotspot already, so likely on your travel radar before we suggested it. Though with the World Pride event coming up, you may want to double your efforts and be sure to attend. There isn’t much we can say about New York that hasn’t already been said; it is the City That Never Sleeps, and this isn’t an exaggeration. This American wonderland really is a sight to behold, with a nightlife that truly is second to none.
Cape Town, South Africa
Often referred to as the most progressive city on the continent, Cape Town has it all; wine tours, stunning beaches, ultra-luxury accommodation and breath-taking beauty. The so-called Mother City has been a tourism hotspot for decades, and is now also becoming one of the hottest gay-friendly tourist destinations in the world. Don’t overlook what could easily be the best holiday you’ve ever had. Yes, it is also very cost effective, depending on where you choose to stay, and where you choose to visit.
The extremely welcoming and liberal nature of Thailand is legendary, and for very good reason. Though it isn’t just the warm locals that make the stunning region worth a trip. Bangkok is legendary for its buzzing nightlife, and Phuket offers all the beach luxuries you could ask for. Combine it all with the dazzling, ancient architecture and there isn’t much more that could be asked for. But did we also mention it happens to be extremely light on your wallet?
It may come as a surprise to some, but Berlin is right up there as another gay-friendly centre of the world. With trendy clubs, an excellent nightlife, and the Berlin Pride parade, referred to as Christopher Street Day, you won’t want to miss out on this stunning European LGBTQ+ holiday destination.
You don’t get much better than Barcelona, and it shouldn’t surprise you that this isn’t the only Spanish location on the list. The Barcelona Pride festival is one of the biggest in the region, attracting as many as 200,000 attendees. Plus yes, you probably already know but it’s worth mentioning anyway, the nightlife in Barcelona has to be experienced to truly be appreciated.
We told you Barcelona wasn’t the only Spanish city. To put it simply, Ibiza has everything Barcelona has, plus a firm focus on luxury accommodation, amazing beaches and non-stop partying. Yes, there is also a pride parade, this one referred to as the Ibiza Gay Pride festival. If your wallet is up to it, this is a must-see holiday destination you won’t soon forget.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Finally we have the city that is home to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Rio De Janeiro is a perfect travel destination no matter who you are, offering everything that could be desired, and so much more. The Rio de Janeiro Brazil Gay Pride Parade is what you’re wondering about, and yes it takes place in convenient range of the famous Copacabana beach!
Snow-capped mountains, fantastic clubs and beautiful scenery are the key characteristics of Zurich. Plus, the last decade has seen a growing LGBTQ+ community. The event to look out for is the Zurich Pride Festival, which is exactly what you think it is. Pack your bags, put on your dancing shoes, and head there when next holiday season rolls around.