Monday May 30th. 2016
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.
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 in Barcelona, catering to all tastes, with the mega parties.
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.
The first thing that is going to hit you when you arrive in Barcelona is the beautiful architecture. You’ll be surprised 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 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.
Gay Events in Barcelona 2016
|June 3rd. 2016||Pop Air||Bear Dance Party||Details|
|June 12th. 2016||Churros con Chocolate||Dance Party||Details|
|June 28th to July 10th. 2016||Barcelona Pride||Barcelona Gay Pride||Details|
|July 1st to 10th. 2016||Fire! – Mostra GLBT Film Festival||Gay film festival||Details|
|July 3rd. 2016||Matinee Summer Festival||Water Park Fun||Details|
|July 9th to 16th. 2016||The Cruise||Gay cruise by La Demence||Details|
|July 10th. 2016||Churros con Chocolate||Dance Party||Details|
|August 2nd to 14th. 2016||Barcelona Circuit Festival||Circuit Festival||Details|
|August 9th to 14th. 2016||Barcelona Girlie Circuit||Lesbian Circuit Festival||Details|
|September 16th to 18th. 2016||Panteresports||Gay Sports Event||Details|
|December 3rd. 2016||Mr. Rubber Spain||Election||Details|
|Not gay but significant other|
|June 16th to 18th. 2016||Sónar 2016||Electronic Music festival||Details|
See also Gay Sitges events
Recommended Gay Hotels in Barcelona
In the center of the ‘Gayxample’ gay area, the Axel hotel’s cutting-edge architectural designs create a liberal, cosmopolitan atmosphere where you will enjoy all of the comforts you can imagine. The hotel has a popular roof-top gay bar.
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.
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.
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 it 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!
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.