Barcelona

Is the Barcelona depicted in Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona to be believed? All those leafy streets washed in golden sun; all those incredibly good-looking, happy, oversexed people, whose problems seem to resolve themselves after a picnic, roll in the hay and siesta.

Enlightened and leisurely inhabitants do indeed roam Barcelona. Disciplined by the Mediterranean Sea, the city enjoys a dry, warm and sunny climate most of the year. Perhaps it's the sun that makes everything better here. Spain has one of the most progressive governments in the world. Since gay marriage and adoption were legalized here in July 2005, Barcelona in particular became a magnet for gays. The travel and service industry has responded to their tastes; new businesses have sprouted. Couples intending to marry in Barcelona can, for example, outfit their groomsmen at BY, a formal wear boutique exclusively for gay marriage and civil ceremonies.

Social policy isn't the only area where Spain is progressively on top. Barcelona's architectural marvels and impressively stacked museum collections bring stunning flourish to the city. Add to that a string of new hotels of impeccable design, like the Hotel Omm or Axel Hotel, that aggressively court gay travelers.

Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila (pictured above) are both feats of imagination manifested in curving stone, iron and glass. The Picasso Museum and Miro museum house comprehensive collections by both great artists. Barcelona's public and private botanical gardens and several gay beaches offer pleasant and relaxing refuges after haunting the city's streets and museums. In the evening, treat yourself to a big helping of paella, a centuries old signature dish here. Dance off the calories at Martin's or just hangout at the packed and lively bar, Punto BCN.

The sun will follow you down the coast to Sitges, a gay beach town just over an hour south of Barcelona. Carnival here in February is said to be more fun than gay pride. (See more events). You’ll find many of the seaside cities and beach towns in Spain have small, happy, gay communities, and tolerant, genuinely open-minded populations. It isn’t always so that what you see on the big screen is what you get in real life. But in Barcelona’s case, the movies don’t lie.

Hotels

  • Best Western Premier Hotel Dante4
  • Mallorca, 181
    Barcelona, CA 08036
  • Website: www.hoteldante.es
  • (34) 93 323 22 54
  • Casa Camper
  • C/ Elisabets 11
    Barcelona, CA 08001
  • Website: www.camper.com
  • +34 933 426 280
  • Hotel 1898
  • La Rambla 109
    Barcelona, CA 08002
  • Website: www.hotel1898.com
  • +34 935 529 552
  • Hotel HCC Taber
  • Arag
    Brcelona, CA 08007
  • Website: www.hcchotels.es
  • (+34) 902 102 120
  • Hotel Omm
  • C/ Rossell
    Barcelona, CA 08008
  • Website: www.hotelomm.es
  • +34 934 454 000
  • Hotel Silken Diagonal Barcelona4
  • Avenida Diagonal, 205
    Barcelona, CA 08018
  • Website: www.hoteles-silken.com
  • +34 934 895 300
  • Hotel Soho Barcelona
  • Gran Via de les Corts, Catalanes, 543-545, 08011
    Barcelona, CT 543-545, 08011
  • Website: www.hotelsohobarcelona.com
  • +34 935 52 96 10

Bars

  • Ambar
  • Casanova, 71
    Barcelona, CA 08003
  • Dacksy
  • Consell de Cent, 247
    Barcelona
  • G Cafe
  • Muntaner, 24
    Barcelona, CA 08003
  • Metro
  • Sepulveda, 185
    Barcelona, CA 08003
  • MONTPRADA
  • Carrer de Villarroel, 100
    Barcelona
  • Punto BCN
  • C/ Muntaner, 63
    Barcelona, CA 08003
  • 34 93-453-61-23
  • Shadow Lounge Bar
  • Consell De Cent, 223
    Barcelona, CA 08011
  • 934 524 712

Shops

  • AMERICAN RETRO
  • Consell de Cent, 241
    Barcelona
  • BY
  • Muntaner, 22
    Barcelona, CA 08011
  • +34 934 518 983
  • CELESTINO MUNOZ
  • gran via 588
    Barcelona, CA 08020
  • Website: www.celestino.biz
  • +349344539817
  • D-ARNESS
  • Casanova, 63
    Barcelona
  • Kitsch
  • Muntaner, 17-19
    Barcelona, CA 08011
  • Website: www.kitsch.es
  • +3493 453 20 52
  • LA GAUCHE DIVINE
  • Psg del Pau, 7
    Barcelona
  • Nosotros
  • Casnaova, 56
    Barcelona
  • Symposia
  • info@symposiabcn.com
    Barcelona
  • Website: www.symposiabcn.com
  • 647 577 727 - 605 916 322
  • Zeus
  • Riera Alta, 20
    Barcelona
  • +3493 442 9795

Attractions

  • La Ramblas
  • La Ramblas
    Barcelona ES
  • Sauna Casanova
  • Casanova, 57
    Barcelona
  • +34 93 323 78 60
  • VO Cinemas-Icaria Yelmo Cineplex
  • Salvador Espriu, 61
    Barcelona, CA 08005
  • Website: www.yelmocineplex.es
  • 34902220922