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February 08, 2018
General Holiday Tips & Suggesstions
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It is important that you take into account your planned destination has a good record on
gay rights as some countries are rolling back gains made and so do not deserve the
income from tourist.
Almost all swimming pools including those at holiday parks,
camp sites etc insist that all male
visitors wear trucks & not shorts of any type so don`t risk getting banned.
Some motorway tolls are cash only so make sure your haves some lose euros.
Hypermarkets & Supermarkets often close around midday,or don`t open on Sundays, so make
sure you do your shopping before the weekend.
The Rambla: A long pedestrian boulevard shaded by plane trees runs up from the port to the
The Boqueria Market: About two thirds the way up the Ramble is the Boqueria which is far more
than just a market. The displays are magnificent with everything from seafood to fruit juices.
Allow plenty of time and come in hungry. Various food
bars in the middle.
The Barri Gotic: On the north side of the Ramble stands Barcelona`s medieval heart and its like
steeping into the set of Game Of Thrones. You see glimpses of fountains and patios, expect
a dragon marching towards you. Not forgetting the 13th century cathedral with its highly
decorated faced. This area is where to find proper tapas bars.
The Rambla Del Mar And Port Vell: A continuation of the inland Rambla but across the
water leading out to the Maremagnum shopping center,leisure center and the aquarium.
Barceloneta And The Beach: Land sticking out into the sea formally a place of dock workers,
and now thick with cafes, narrow lanes, and a place to hire a bike. Popular with younger crowds.
Hop On Hop Of Bus: There are many routes enabling you to get a quick view of the famous
land marks. Try to avoid main ticket offices as they are full price.
Palau Guell & Park Guell: Industrialist Eusebi Guell was Antoni Gaudi`s chief patron and two
key destinations carry his name. The Guell Palace is the most easily accessible just of the
Rambla. Park Guell: take the metro out of Lesseps.Entering the park is like entering a
Places To Visit: Goths, medieval lanes, Fancy Steps: roofs in Barcelona, Gaudi`s Casa Battlo,
the beach, The Palce at Montjuic, Sargarda Famila.
The History of Sitges
Sitges was put on the map toward the end of the 19th century when it became a hip enclave
of bohemian cool, attracting writers, artists and intellectuals. They fell in love with and were In
spired by what was then a small and attractive fishing village. Among the leading cultural
figures who made their way to the northeast coast of Spain was Santiago Rusiñol, a Spanish
poet, painter and playwright and a leading light
of Catalan modernism.
The art and literature movement flourished here and in nearby Barcelona, finding expression
in architecture, painting, design and decorative arts.Its legacy can be glimpsed in some of
the buildings that grace the town such as Cau Ferrrat, Rusiñol’s former home now a museum,
and the magnificent Maricel Palace.
Long before the artistic set moved in, Sitges was the seaside home of numerous cultures
and civilizations spanning thousands of years. Excavations in the 1950s revealed a 53,000-year-old
mandible tooth and in 2012, scientists identified a Neanderthal incisor tooth that’s believed
to be just as old. It was found in the nearby Gegant cave.
These are among the oldest
human remains found in this part of Spain.
Turn the clock back to the sixth century BC and there is a clutch of small settlements in the area.
Toga-wearing Romans came into town a few centuries later and evidence of a third century
AD Roman villa has been found in the Vinyet area. During the Roman era, Sitges was an
important port trading products with other towns and
cities along the Roman Mediterranean.
One of the earliest mentions of Sitges comes from parchments dating back to the 10th century.
It was during this time that many silos were discovered, cavities gouged out of the ground to
store grain and preserve food. They gave the town its name as the Catalan word for silo is “sitja”.
By the eleventh century AD there was a castle, but today no visible remains of the defensive
stronghold exist. The current town hall building was constructed over its ancient foundations
on La Punta Hill at the end of the 19th century.
Bombs and Bullets
Life has not always been genteel for the good folk of Sitges. During the Franco-Spain War
(1635-1659) Neapolitan soldiers from Felipe IV of Spain's army looted the place and in 1649
Sitges was attacked by the Viceroy of Catalonia’s troops. Two days of heavy bombardment
from land and sea caused extensive damage, including the collapse of part of the town’s
defensive wall. Sitges was also ravaged by pirate attacks, the War of the Spanish Succession
(1701-1714), the Peninsula War (1808-1814) and a series of civil wars in the 19th century.
However, the town is made of stern stuff and survived the onslaughts to grow and prosper.
For many years Sitges traded on agriculture, fishing and the wines produced in its vineyards,
its fortunes waxing and waning with harvests and the state of the economy. The 19th century
was a period of great prosperity as trade routes opened up with America. Along with the exports,
many Sitgetans also left Spanish shores. Some returned, once they had made their fortunes
They invested a lot of money in the area and built sumptuous villas, some of which are
Every year during the Festa Major of Sitges two giant figures with painted papier maché
and arms represent these "Americanos" who did so much for the town by pouring money
industries, railways and the vineyards.
The good times continued to roll and by the end of the century new industries had
such as shoe manufacturing. More than 20 factories across several industries employed
most of the population, including a gas factory that produced gas for street lamps.
Tourists also started to make a beeline for Sitges, attracted by its landscape, medicinal
bath waters and cultured and cosmopolitan
vibe. By now, the poets, intellectuals and artists were in residence.
During the 1960s, Sitges was the epicentre of Spain’s counterculture movement, a
to the ultra-conservative strictures of Franco’s dictatorship. Today, this forward-looking and
easy-going town cherishes its historic roots which are seen in the museums, buildings,
artworks and colourful festivals that are celebrated throughout the year.
The town is a thriving community and popular tourism destination attracting hundreds of
thousands of visitors each year from nearby Barcelona and across the world.
The town is now well known for its international gay scene and hugely popular a
nnual carnival held in February, as well as the annual Sitges International Film
Festival held in October.
March 03, 2018
Why Is Gran Canaria So Popular
Want to know why Gran Canaria has become the most popular travel destination among The LGBT Community in Europe? Spain is one of the most progressive countries in the world when it comes to LGBT rights, and with our guide you will quickly realize why everyone loves the open-minded spirit of Gran Canaria.
Gay Gran Canaria
It is quite surprising that Gran Canaria, which can only really be reached by plane, is one of the largest gay destinations in Europe. In fact, it's one of the 'Big 4' - along with Ibiza, Sitges and Mykonos. Particularly loved by Germans and British holiday-makers, gay Gran Canaria attracts gays from all over Europe and increasingly the world. Once in Gran Canaria you will soon understand why the island is so loved by its gay visitors. It is inexpensive, extremely gay-friendly, has a very diverse gay scene, good gay hotels, fantastic weather, deserted beaches and one of the most convenient deserts you will ever find, just steps from your hotel room, and full of action! It is a combination that doesn't seem to disappoint.
The south of gay Gran Canaria is warmer and sunnier than the north. The two favourite hotspots there are Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles – where most of the gay hotels are located. The former has miles of beaches and sand dunes that seem to go on forever. The latter is home to the famous Yumbo Centre – a shopping centre during the day and a huge gay entertainment centre at night, with dozens of restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. It caters for almost every gay scene and because it’s all duty free it’s a very cheap destination. It’s one of the many reasons why so many people return again and again to the island.
Both Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles were famous for low budget holidays. Recently, however, with the opening of top five star hotels, it has started to attract the more affluent holiday makers.
A guide to Gay Gran Canaria
This little piece of Spain, some 150 km off the West African coast, is a hugely popular holiday destination. Gay Gran Canaria is hot all year round, easy to get to and not expensive. Gran Canaria, with over 800 thousand inhabitants, is the most populous island of the Canary Islands. Conquered by the Spanish in 1483, the Port of Las Palmas served as a stop-over for Christopher Columbus on his first trip to the Americas. Las Palmas and Santa Crus de Tenerife, jointly, are the capital of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands. The islands are believed to have been already populated around 500 BC by North Africans. The archipelago consists of 7 islands: Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro.
Getting Around Gay Gran Canaria
Renting a car is the best way to getting to know the island, however, Gran Canaria has pretty good public transport. The bus company Global offers routes around the island, with inexpensive hourly departures to and from Maspalomas to the airport.
Official taxi services equipped with a taxi meter using official prices approved by the local government are also at your disposal at the airport: Socomtaxi accepts payment by credit cards and Radio Taxi San Juan (+34 928 683 713). Limo services are also available from Canary Forum and Canary Limousine.
With water temperatures that vary from 18C in the winter to 22C the rest of the year, sailing around the island can be an extremely pleasant way to see Gran Canaria from the sea. Several companies offer sea trips – some offering dolphin and whale watching and deep-sea fishing.
To move between islands, use Gran Canaria’s inexpensive ferry services - Fred Olsen, Trans Mediterranean and Naveira Armas. If you are in a hurry or get sea-sick easily, air services between the islands are offered by Binter and Islas Airways.
Shopping in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria has two distinctive shopping areas: The Southern Area, located around the many tourist spots of Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles, San Agustin, Puerto Rico and Meloneras. It plays hosts to the infamous Yumbo Centre, located right in the middle of Playa del ingles, which offers the largest concentration of restaurants and shops, particularly for the gay visitor. It’s also close to many of the gay hotels in Gran Canaria. Many consider the Yumbo to be the centre of gay Gran Canaria.
The Northern Area has some of the best shops in the island, located at the historical Triana Street and its surroundings, and if you are looking for a shopping centre, The Mesa y Lopes offers a wide range of department stores and boutiques.
Looking for gay hotels Gran Canaria? You’ve come to the right website. If you're looking for a gay hotel in Playa del Ingles, then you might want to find somewhere to stay relatively close to the Yumbo Centre – where most of the gay bars are concentrated. It’s marked on the Gay Welcome accommodation map, so you can easily see which gay hotels, guesthouses, apartments and bungalows are close.
There are quite a few good 4-star hotels in Play del Ingles – and you will also find quite a few apartments and other holiday homes for rent. In the Maspalomas and Meloneras areas, which have seen the most development in recent years, there are now lots of very good 5 and 4-star hotels. There’s no real gay centre here, so any of these would be fine to stay in. Most of these are very gay-friendly. If you’re staying in Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, book into one of the larger hotels that look out over the Playa de Las Canteras. Las Palmas is great place for a holiday, with all the restaurants, shopping and nightlife you could want. Don’t forget, however, that most of the gay bars are in Playa del Ingles 45 minutes away by taxi. Click this link to search for gay hotels in Gran Canaria using a handy map.
1. Maspalomas Area And Annual Gay Pride Parade
First on our list is Maspalomas, located in San Bartolome de Tirajana, at the South of Gran Canaria. It has been at Europe’s forefront as one of the largest and most popular places for LGBT activities for years. Every year, the streets of Maspalomas are filled with ever growing crowds during the annual Maspalomas Gay Pride. The town hosts two weeks of shows and parades with nearly 100,000 attendees looking to celebrate Gay Pride. Activities range from fun-filled pool parties, especially organized boat excursions, and a whole host of other great LGBT activities, which will not only provide great entertainment, but are a great way to get to know the island too. Maspalomas Gay Pride is about to hold its 15th edition, getting ready and expect lots of fun.
2. Kiosk Nº 7
Between the beaches of Maspalomas (near The Lighthouse) and Playa del Inglés, there is a group of seven chiringuitos, small beach bars or kiosks, spread across the coast of this large part of the island. What better way to enjoy the the paradisiac and sunny atmosphere of the beaches than by grabbing yourself a seat at one of the chiringuitos and ordering yourself a refreshing cocktail or a Clipper (a typical soft drink made in Gran Canaria)? Most places will also serve a selection of snacks and sandwiches – try a bocadillo de tortilla (Spanish omelette sandwich) to really revitalize your body! One of the most popular chiringuitos in the area is Kiosk Nº 7, located on what is locally referred to as ‘the Gay Beach.’ It’s easy to spot this kiosk because of the rainbow flag waving to the rhythm of the most popular hits of the moment.
3. Yumbo Centrum
This popular shopping mall located on the Playa del Inglés, is one of the biggest and most emblematic spots for the LGBT community in Europe. Located just a kilometer away from Kiosk Nº7, it is the perfect stop after a long day at the beach, as it offers plenty of fun activities any time of day or night. During the day, Yumbo Centrum is like any other shopping mall in Spain with the benefit of being totally LGBT-influenced. However, when the sun sets and the neon lights of the storefronts are turned on, Yumbo Centrum becomes home to some of the hottest nightlife in Europe. Top up your energy levels with a wholesome meal from one of the many restaurants in the area, such as Grill Toro II or Skansen, then head to one of the busy show-bars located in the mall, like Mykonos or Terry Show to dance the night away. The vibrant atmosphere of the area is perfectly complemented by the open-minded and friendly attitude of those there to have a great time.
4. Las Terrazas de Mariana de Pineda , Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The capital of the island, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, provides a constant invitation for the LGBT community at night. At Las Terrazas de Mariana de Pineda, you are able to meet new people or friends even during the day. This avenue of bars is perfectly accomplished because of the choices offered by it: sitting outdoors with friends or visiting an LGBT bar like Sentido (exclusive for lesbians). Another great option is club TAO. Not far away from this area, you will be surrounded by the commercial street of Triana and the historic district of Vegueta. These are two places definitely worth exploring, due to their architecture. Vegueta is claimed to be one of the Historic-Artistic Sites in Spain. Find Casa de Colón, a museum and cultural centre, which was home to Christopher Columbus in 1492 before he made his first travel to America.
5. The Drag Queen Contest
One of the most notable highlights of the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is without a doubt the Drag Queen Contest. This contest calls for a total expression of freedom. People from around the islands come to this contest to show their skills in dancing and singing (or lip syncing), while wearing their famous drag shoes. Everybody showcases their skills on the impressive stage they prepare for each performance. Since 1998, each year you have an invitación to watch and live the biggest contest of the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
6. Los Almendros Resort
Los Almendros is a wonderful complex of bungalows located in the heart of one of the busiest and most popular spots on the Maspalomas Island. The resort’s name has become synonymous with fun and relaxation, and guests will be able to choose from any number of great activities, ranging from diving excursions in the Maspalomas’ reef (where rays and even angel sharks live), to getting some refreshing respite from the salty water of the Atlantic in the resort’s luxurious pool area. Lay back in a comfortable hammock or sink into one of the Jacuzzis and enjoy as all the stress of daily life simply fades away…
7. Explore the island
Our final word of advice: explore the entire island. Whether you want to wander through the streets of Agaete hand in hand, or enjoy some mountain sports with your partner near Roque Nublo, the open-minded locals of Gran Canaria will not think twice about who you choose explore the island with. Forget about eyes staring and heads turning, it’s something people have left in the past. Wherever you are and whoever you’re with, don’t hold back from discovering the scenic beauty and vibrant nightlife of Gran Canaria.
October 11, 2017
Madrid general Information
Chueca is a small but lively neighborhood squeezed between Paseo de Recoletos to the east
and Calle de Fuencarral to the west. Its epicenter is Plaza de Chueca.
Plaza de Chueca is the centre of barrio activity. Cafes around the square set up tables when the
weather is nice. It's the see and be seen of Gay Madrid.
Bodega Angel Sierra is a classic in the square, keeping the flavour of a traditional tapas bar.
Chueca is full of restaurants, any type of cuisine, of style, different budgets, -and with surprisingly
affordable options. It's among the liveliest and cosmopolitan neighbourhood’s downtown,
and remarkably, the gay centre of Madrid and all of Spain. The "Barrio Rosa" (Pink Neighbourhood)
shines during Gay Pride every June with an extravagant parade and debaucherous street partying.
Chueca is the kind of neighbourhood perfect for strolling and stumbling upon attractive
establishments... Taste the forward-thinking, fusion cuisine of New York-style cafes along
calles Libertad and San Marcos (Cafe Diurno & Bazaar are two stand-outs).
Calle Fuencarral is a cool area for shopping, with the hippest shops: Diesel, Puma, Adidas,
Hoss; and calle Augusto Figueroa for top brands occasion shoes. In the Calles Almirante and
Prim, one can find some of Madrid's most chic fashion and shoe shops.
The entire district is peppered with lots of bars and clubs, both for gay and non-gay night life.
Chueca is also interesting in terms of architecture. In fact, it holds some of the most beautiful
blocks in Madrid. Brightly-coloured facades and intricate iron balconies characterize these streets.
The modernization of Chueca
Where else in Madrid can you see senior citizens taking their toy-sized dogs for a walk on
the cobbled streets alongside gay couples who are heading for an after-work drink at a
neighbourhood bar? The centre of this barrio is Plaza de Chueca, where the metro stop of the
same name is a regular meeting place. The gradual transformation of the area can be seen in the modernization of its buildings and facilities, such as the Mercado de San Antón, which is now a
space with an art gallery and a bar with a terrace, but also still incorporates the meat and fish
stalls that have been around forever.
The gay community has revitalised what was considered quite the rundown neighbourhood
until recently. Bars, shops, nightclubs, restaurants, travel agencies, bookstores, and all kinds
of businesses now focus on the gay clientele that frequent the area, where the rainbow flag
flutters on plenty of balconies. So what you'll come across in Chueca is a traditional Madrid
neighbourhood in regards to its streets and architecture, but these traditional streets are filled
with open-minded and social people who want to enjoy their city to the fullest and treat it and
others with respect.
At night the festive atmosphere extends throughout the neighbourhood, even on weekdays.
Many of the bars stay open late into the night, and while most of the punters are gay, more
and more heteros are also going out to play in Chueca. Among the best-known clubs include
Black & White, Delirio, Why Not?, Truco, Fulanita de Tal and Long Play – the last of which is
huge, and so wildly popular in the area.
Gay Pride celebrations
If there's a celebration that has made Chueca famous, it's got to be the Gay Pride festivities,
which are on every year from late June or early July and attract proud party people from all
over the world. For about a week, you can drink and dance in the streets, and events and parties
take place in bars and clubs all over the barrio. The main attraction is the big parade that
features floats, drag queens and dancers giving it their all.
If you're not one for crowds, give Chueca a miss during the celebrations, because it's a time
when the barrio is definitely heaving.
The centrally located Chueca neighbourhood is a fun, flirty place full of fashionable restaurants
and shops. Once a marginalized area, Chueca today is anything but. It’s known as Madrid’s quarter
for cutting-edge trends and gay life. But gay or straight, Chueca is now a playground for all,
on weekend and summer nights when you will see the restaurants and bars packed.
Don’t be afraid to come out and strut your stuff along with the locals. It’s all in good fun.
See & Do
Though the Chueca neighbourhood maintains the character of its 1900 style buildings,
Chueca’s most important attractions are not its architecture, but its squares, shops and
cosmopolitan personality. Head to the Plaza de Chueca to see the heart of the neighbourhood
and a popular gathering spot, and then to San Anton Market for the best in food.
Like SoHoto which it is often compared, Chueca is known for its mix of unique and trendy
restaurants. Here the Madrid neighbourhood is as much a treat for the palate as for its purposeful ambiances. You don’t need to dress up though; just come well groomed, act like you belong a
nd you’re in!
For all its reputation as a trendy mecca, the Chueca neighbourhood has a surprising mix of
different types of bars and clubs. Gay, straight, lesbian, hoity-toity and down and dirty –
Chueca’s bars and clubs seem to cater to it all. So if one place isn’t your cup of tea, that’s
no problem, just head next door. Chances are it’ll be totally different.
Anyone looking for the latest fashions or something different to spice up their wardrobe and
wow up their house will find it in Chueca. The neighbourhood has tons of trendy little shops
(and a few sex shops) as well as its main shopping attraction, Fuencarral Street, with everything
you could imagine, along its western border.
Getting to know any city is easier if you get a general sense of the personality and location of each neighbourhood. So here’s a brief description of the centre of Madrid! All these neighbourhoods
are so close together that there’s no need to hop on the metro, but Madrileños often associate neighbourhoods with their respective metro stops so this is a good way to get a sense of where
everything is. Happy exploring!
SOL is the city-center and home to Madrid’s most popular meeting-point: “the bear statue” or as
it’s called in Spanish, “El Oso y el Madroño”. Sol also marks Kilometer Zero, meaning that all of
Madrid’s building numbers and highways stem from there. It’s literally the middle-point of the
entire Iberian Peninsula. Sol is also the center-point of the city when it comes to transport,
shopping and tourist destinations. All of Madrid’s most popular shops are located within walking
distance from Sol, and there are plenty of restaurants, both new and old, to dine at. The Plaza Mayor
is a hop skip away, and a ten minute walk from Sol will conveniently bring you either to the Prado Museum or the Royal Palace.
CHUECA is a stone’s throw from Gran Vía and one of the best places to go out in Madrid.
Its main street is calle Hortaleza. Known as the gay neighborhood for the past two decades,
Chueca is undoubtedly one of the trendiest nightlife destinations in the city. During the day,
Chueca offers fabulous restaurants, outdoor terraces and boutiques, especially a whole street
of shoe stores on c/ Agusto Figueroa. Also along this street is another highlight–
Mercado de San Antón–a 3-story gourmet food market offering all types of delicious food and a fantastic rooftop bar. Chueca is also proudly home to one of the world’s largest Gay Pride
Parades, as well as many other city activities. For its mix of edgy and high-end nightclubs,
restaurants, bars, stores and ambience, Chueca is easy to fall in love with.
Travel To The Far East
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