Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the favourite destinations in the world among the lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexuals and transgender community.
As an open, cosmopolitan city it offers plenty of variety amidst an atmosphere of diversity, freedom and respect.
The focal point of LGTBQ-Friendly Barcelona is the Eixample district, popularly known as Gaixample. This neighbourhood, which is located between the streets of Balmes, Gran Via, Urgell and Aragó, is full of stores, bars and clubs specially aimed at LGTBQ visitors. Rainbow flags proudly hang from balconies and over the doors of shops and other establishments.
The LGTBQ route also covers other parts of the city, such as the Raval, Poble-sec and Poblenou, where from time to time parties are held especially for this public.
Barcelona is also host to two gay and lesbian film festivals that take place in July and October, (FIRE, run by Casal Lambda, and Festival, which is organised by the Filmoteca de Catalunya). Another popular event is the Panteresports tournament that is held in September.
A few kilometres to the south of Barcelona along the coast lies the stunning seaside town of Sitges, whose vibrant gay scene is a popular haunt for the LBTBQ community.
In the summer in Barcelona, as well as enjoying the sun and the sea, there are lots of different kinds of festivals specifically for LGTBQ people such as Pride, famous for its colourful protest parade along Avinguda del Paral·lel, and the Circuit Festival, which is has a more festive atmosphere. A few months earlier, in March, the city is also host to Bear Pride, another date for your diary.