California, United States
The pace is relaxed, the light is warm, and the living is easy. Palm Springs is a queer sanctuary, with an estimated one-third of the city living a gay lifestyle. This desert city in California is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels and buzzy restaurants. This huge outdoor playground near Coachella Valley gets sunshine 90% of the year, making it a beautiful place to travel in any season. Hike the San Bernardino Mountains, sunbathe by the pool, or swim under the stars; the plethora of indoor and outdoor activities can fill any itinerary.
There is little that can’t be had in this beautiful city, sprinkled with fabulous gay-only resorts for every personality. If you’re a cool-seeker, this super hip city is an oasis for exploration of every kind.
Mykonos will cast a spell on you. White-washed buildings with colorful shutters, cobblestone-lined pathways, and picturesque boutiques against the gorgeous and translucent blue-green ocean will draw you in. It’s a city that oozes charm.
As one of the “Big 4” gay summer resorts in Europe, Mykonos is a mecca for gays looking to holiday. Hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and guesthouses can be found around every corner, offering a warm welcome to those exploring gay tourism. It’s a glamorous location in the Greek Isles; a paradise for diverse crowds. The beaches bop with music and parties all night long, and the massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJs. Let your worries evaporate, and feel at home in Mykonos while satisfying your search for sun and sea.
Toronto is a city pulsing with liberating energy, passion, and possibilities. Home to one of the largest organized gay-pride festivals in the world, the city celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community. Near one million come to experience the Toronto Pride Festival in June and July, a prime-time for discovering the largest city in Canada.
Near some amazing cities in Ontario, Toronto is the perfect location for exploring. Major league sports, festivals, markets, attractions and performances run rampant in the city, ensuring there is always something new to experience while you stay—no matter what time of the year you decide to stop by.
Toronto celebrates all varieties of sexual and gender identities in big city style. Head to Church… street, that is, and explore the village that is home to Toronto’s premier gay scene.
As one of the world’s most populous cities, this Brazilian location is rich in tradition and culture—that’s not to say the city isn’t rampant with gentlemen living the gay-lifestyle! São Paolo is host to the largest gay-pride parades in the world, drawing crowds in the millions. Elegant restaurants, swanky shops, cocktail lounges, boathouses and saunas attract tourists of all kinds, serving an experience found nowhere else in the world.
Home to the largest openly gay community in South America, Brazil’s fertile culture won’t disappoint. Its round-the-clock pulse is sure to keep even the fiercest traveler occupied. Discover one of the world’s greatest cities with a flawless journey to this beautiful and lively city.
England, United Kingdom
London is a sophisticated, multicultural, open-minded city where everyone is welcome. Home to Europe’s largest gay community, London offers some of the world’s best nightlife. In a city with a history stretching back to the time of the Romans, any traveler is sure to appreciate the amazing history, architecture, and culture that makes up 21st century London.
London offers a unique mélange of sophistication, spark and sexiness, all while feeling convincingly intimate considering its sheer size and diversity. Coveting some of the world’s most celebrated locations, London is effortless in its appeal. Soho, especially, is an easy mix of uninhibited outrageousness and class, chock-full of great places to be free.
In London, one is rarely far from a gay venue. It’s a city in no rush, allowing its visitors to explore at an easy pace, collecting incredible experiences on a surprisingly tame schedule.
Community of Madrid, Spain
Elegant architecture, enticing boulevards and expansive parks fill Madrid. It is a holiday where it’s easy to spend your entire trip exploring. With an infectious appetite for art, music and pleasure, Madrid is a modern urban center, embracing new cosmopolitan changes with preserved traditionalism. It’s a location with the most bars of any city in the world – and the same holds true for its gay scene.
Madrid is a gay capital with some of the best bars and nightclubs in Europe. Be sure to check out Chueca— ba thriving gay neighborhood in the city center with countless gay shops and restaurants, where many historic sites are within a 15 to 20-minute walk. The nightlife starts late, and ends even later—usually not before sunrise. Party until six, and head to the after party at seven… in the morning.
North Holland, Netherlands
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender visitors, Amsterdam is one of the most attractive cities in the world. The city has a relaxed attitude toward many lifestyles, and, with no surprise, has been a popular destination for gay visitors. In a city where it’s “Live and let live,” tourists get an experience like no other; it’s a city not to be taken for granted.
It’s a destination for the hip traveler: bookstores, bicycles, cafes, and bars all make a stroll through the canalled-city light and breezy. The city offers five distinct clusters of gay culture, all welcoming and relaxed—an atmosphere perfected over years of acceptance and accommodation. It may not be a hot-buzz-spot as it used to be, but Amsterdam is still a haven, offering a relaxed and effortless scene for its gay visitors.
Berlin is now known for its art scene, nightlife, and modern architecture. Berlin is a symbol of reunification with a blend of glamour and grit. It’s a city of distinction, bound to mesmerize anyone keen to explore its vibrant culture, innovative architecture, magnificent food, passionate parties and tangible history.
The city caters to every budget and taste, and is now the hot-buzz location of gay tourism in Europe. As of 2016, five of its 12 boroughs qualify as gay havens, with pockets of gay-spirit strewn throughout the city. After its tumultuous history, Berlin is now effortlessly gay and assured, blending old-world sensibility and new-wave excitement in its bars, cafes, and shops.
Berlin is nothing short of addictive. It embraces, inspires, and accepts, and gives way to every desire imaginable.
As Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh is a phoenix risen from its historical ashes. Its walkable riverfront is lined with parks, bars, cafes, and restaurants and at the city’s heart, you find massive, art deco Central Market. As Asia’s most gay-friendly location, Phnom Penh is a vibrant and bustling oasis. Its beautiful origin story is extraordinarily unique and led to the creation of this exotic city, ample in its offerings of exploration and discovery.
Upon arrival, it’s an assault on the senses – the shimmering spires of the Royal Palace, the fluttering of the monks’ robes, the rumbles of motorbikes, the scents of the market, all nestled in the luscious banks of the mighty Mekong. Phnom Penh is the Asia everyone dreams of.
It’s a city in the midst of a rapid change, so be sure to visit while you still get a chance to experience its stunning blend of charm and change.
Tel Aviv is nestled on the Mediterranean coast known for its accessible beaches and spirited nightlife. Tel Aviv’s promenade waterfront is teeming with shops and restaurants, lounges and open-air cafes. It’s breezy, urban, and cool, where life is lived to the fullest. The free and easy seaside lifestyle and atmosphere is home to gorgeous strips of beaches and trendy clubs.
In an area known to the world to be religiously inclined, Tel Aviv’s location in democratic Israel has allowed a gay community to flourish with a political freedom found nowhere else in the Middle East. It’s a sanctuary for many, allowing tourists and residents of all kinds of enjoy a relaxed and tranquil lifestyle.
It’s a city that takes its gay tourism seriously so any traveler can be sure to experience a trip of a lifetime. Be sure to visit in June during Gay Pride Month, to experience all the city has to offer, including its huge annual parade.