Gay holidays – finding that perfect break
If you’re planning a gay or lesbian holiday, Europe has all you need. Many of the big cities in Europe have thriving gay and lesbian scenes that can offer everything from a relaxing beach holiday to the excitement and extravagance of a city break.
Berlin is one of the most liberal European cities and offers one of the most diverse gay and lesbian cultures; from the bars of Nollendorfplats to the gay-friendly hotels of Schoneberg. Berlin offers a culture that is rich and broad. The people are far more forward thinking and freedom of expression is a highly regarded thing.
Berlin is also famous for its art scene and Avant-Garde reaction to popular culture, literature and performance art. It makes for a real cultural explosion and mixing of the minds.
Hidden behind the novelty name lie beautiful beaches, resorts and the crystal waters of the Aegean that are perfectly catered to couples looking to enjoy all that Lesbos can offer.
Cafes, Tavernas and nightclubs can be found throughout Lesbos so you can spend your days topping up the tan and relaxing, whilst living life to the fullest at night.
Greece is also home to one of the richest cultures in Europe and there are plenty of ways to explore this in Lesbos – Roman ruins, Aquaducts and ancient caves that give up artefacts covering over a thousand years of history.
Amsterdam is consistently voted as the No. 1 destination for gay and lesbian holidaymakers and there is good reason – there are over 100 bars and clubs devoted to the gay market; head to Amstel, Kerkstraat and Regulierswarsstraat if you want to experience the music, cheap beer and atmosphere. The annual Gay Pride festival falls in August which makes this the best time to go. Make sure you stay for Canale Parade which is a must-see for gay and straight couple alike.
Spain’s premier gay destination is located just south of Barcelona. Dali and Miro once stayed here and is now one of the top gay beach resorts. The main street of Calle de San Bonaventura is a perfect place to relax in the daytime with an espresso, but it becomes a total different place at night, when dozens of gay bars and nightclubs come to life. Plan your gay holiday for February in order to coincide with the fun and flamboyance of the main Sitges carnival.