July 23rd. 2017
The gay area is called L’Eixample or nick named Gay Eixample (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 Barcelona 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.
Barcelona is home to some of the world’s biggest gay circuit parties and many other huge parties throughout the year, they really know how to party, catering to all tastes, with mega parties from names like Matinee, Churros con Chocolate, Pop Air, Tanga, la Ka etc.
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.
Gay Events in Barcelona 2017
|July 28th.||Pop air La Fiesta del Bearano||Bear||Bear Dance Party||Details|
|August 4th.||Mordisko||Bear||Bear Dance Party||Details|
|August 5th to 20th.||Barcelona Circuit Festival||Circuit||Circuit Festival 10th. Anniversary||Details|
|August 11th.||Pop Air The Last Edition||Bear||Bear Dance Party||Details|
|August 15th to 20th.||Barcelona Girlie Circuit||Lesbian||Girlie Circuit 10th. Anniversary||Details|
|August 25th to 27th.||Barcelona Open||Sport||Gay Tennis Tournament||Details|
|September 15th to 17th.||Panteresports||Sport||Gay sports event||Details|
In the center of the gay area, a favorite with gay visitors to Barcelona. The Axel hotel’s cutting-edge architectural designs create a liberal, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Go on, treat yourself! Make your stay in Barcelona extra special.
Two Hotel Barcelona by Axel is located close to the gay district. It has a heated rooftop pool with a large solarium & hot tub. 24-hour reception. Free high-speed WiFi access throughout. Each room has air conditioning and a minibar.
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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. See our Barcelona tourist attractions page.
Gay Eixample (officially L’Eixample) is in the central part of Barcelona, in a large area that was designed by Ildefonso Cerda. It is the most populous area of Barcelona. The Eixample is where you will find many of the famous roads and squares of Barcelona, like Paseo de Gracia, la Rambla de Cataluña, Llaza de Cataluña, Avenida Diagonal, Calle de Aragón, Gran Vía de las Cortes Catalanas, Calle Balmes, La Plaza de Gaudí etc.
There are also numerous tourist attractions: The Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, the National Theatre of Catalonia, the Barcelona Auditorium, Plaza de Toros Monumental, Casa de Punxes as well as numerous cinemas, theaters, restaurants, hotels and of course the gay scene in Gay Barcelona!
Major annual events in Barcelona
|May or June||Primavera Sound Festival||City-wide concerts||Details|
|June||Sonar||Dance & Electronic Music Festival||Details|
|June 23rd.||Nit de Sant Joan||Fireworks & Bonfires at the beach||Details|
|September||La Mercè||Street parades with gegants & capgrossos||Details|
Gay Events in Barcelona 2018
|2018 date TBA||United Bear Pride||Bear||Bear Pride Celebration||Details|
|2018 date TBA||Fire!!!||Film||GLBT Film Festival||Details|
Getting from Barcelona Airport to L’Eixample
Planes fly into El Prat Airport (IATA: BCN, ICAO: LEBL), commonly known as Barcelona Airport. It is 12 km (7½ mi) southwest of the centre of Barcelona. Barcelona metro from Terminal 1 (T1) connects to the city, from the airport. Take the metro , then change at Torrassa onto (Fondo direction), which will then stop at Urgell & Universitat in the gay area and Plaça Catalunya in the city centre.