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Barcelona Gay Scene

The first thing that is going to hit you when you arrive in Barcelona is the beautiful architecture all around you. You’re going to be amazed where those amazing Gaudí creations actually are. Next you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how helpful and friendly the people are for a city of it’s size. Whatever your preconceptions are of the Catalonians, they’ll soon melt away as they do their best to make you welcome in their stunningly beautiful city.
The gay area is called L’Eixample or nick named GayEixample (pronounced gay-eye-sham-play) and is north-west of the center of town within walking distance but can also be reached by metro from either the Universitat or Urgell stations. If you get off at Urgell take the Villarroel exit. The gay scene is lively and there’s plenty of variety. Everything you’d expect from a major city’s gay scene but with the added bonus of bronzed Spanish lads all over the place.
To top it all off, you have the town of Sitges, a gay mecca for many years, just down the road which you must check out as well. It’s an easy 35 minute train ride away from Sants train station, or better yet, from Passeig de Gracia station near the gay village.

Major Gay Events in 2015 & 2016

EventDescriptionDateWeb
Cruise 4 Bears Cruise on Allure of the Seas to Mallorca, France & Italy.June 14th to 21st. 2015 Web
Barcelona Pride Parade on the 27th. From Plaça Universitat (4 pm)June 26th to 28th. 2015 Web
Matinée Summer Festival 12 hours of none stop dancing. Free bus from Placa Catalunya.July 5th. 2015
Mostra Int'l GLBT Film Festival International Exhibition of Gay and Lesbian Cinema. Expected to be in July 2015 Web
Barcelona Circuit Festival 10 days of partying with 70,000 other gay guys!August 5th to 16th. 2015
Barcelona Girlie Circuit Partying with 10,000 thousand other girlies!August 11th to 16th. 2015
Cruise 4 Bears Cruise on Allure of the Seas to Mallorca, France & Italy.September 13th to 20th. 2015 Web
PanteresportsInternational Multi-Sport Event run by Panteres grogues.September 18th to 20th. 2015 Web
Barcelona Int'l GLBT Film Festival International Gay & Lesbian Film FestivalExpected to be in October 2015 Web
Matinée Easter Gay Weekend Circuit PartyExpected to be in April. 2016
BearcelonaBear Sauna. Official Dinner. Dance Parties etc.Expected to be in April. 2016

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Recommended Gay Accommodation

Gay Accommodation 

Axel Hotel Barcelona


Gay Hotel
In the center of the 'Gayxample' gay area, the Hotel Axel's cutting-edge architectural designs create a liberal, cosmopolitan atmosphere where you will enjoy all of the comforts you can imagine. The hotel also has a very popular roof top gay bar.

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Axel Hotel Barcelona
Gay Accommodation 

TWO Hotel Barcelona by Axel


Gay Hotel
Two Hotel Barcelona by Axel is located in the heart of the gay district. Rooftop pool with a large solarium, hot tub, fitness centre and on-site private parking. 24-hour reception. Free high-speed WiFi access throughout.

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TWO Hotel Barcelona by Axel
Gay Accommodation 

City Centre Hostal


Gay Hostel
In the heart of the gay area and only three streets away from Las Ramblas and the gothic quarter; two streets away from Passeig de Gràcia, tourist buses and the modernist route. Stay one minutes walk away from all the metro lines, train and airport bus.

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City Centre Hostal

Sight Seeing

The best way to see all of the top attractions in Barcelona, is to take the Hop on Hop off Bus (Bus Turistic) from Plaza Catalunya in the center of Barcelona. It’s 26€ for 1 day or 34€ for 2 consecutive days. There’s 44 stops along the route. You can get off wherever you like, then hop on the next bus that comes along. There’s 3 routes, your ticket covers them all. The North, South and Fórum route. Each stop is announced in English, and you’ll find info about each one in the guide they give you. The entire tour of all 3 routes, if you don’t stay at any location, lasts 5 hours.