LGBTQ+ Holidays… Our Top Picks for Your Summer of Love!
It’s Pride month! And this week, we want to show you the very best LGBTQ friendly hotspots to get your summer off to a flying start.
Being able to relax among friendly like-minded holidaymakers is just the ticket when it comes to choosing a holiday and being in an accepting location is all important for getting the most out of your holiday. Everybody needs down time, chilled vibes and happy feels – it’s what holidays are all about and what we save up for all year round.
Whether you fancy jetting off to the sun with the love of your life or want to live it up with friends, you want to be somewhere that’s just right for you and we’ve got the lowdown on the top destinations where you’ll be welcomed with open arms and sizzling sunshine too.
All set? Let’s hang up the 9-5, dust down our flipflops and away we go…
A recent survey of On The Beach customers threw up some cracking LGBTQ holiday destinations. The Spanish party island of Ibiza came out on top, closely followed by the Costa del Sol. Corfu came third with the Costa Brava and Mykonos following in fourth and fifth place respectively.
Let’s take a closer look at some of these sun-kissed locations and some of the best package deals and hotels on offer.
With its hedonistic reputation, it’s not known as the party island for nothing and you can get your holiday into full swing with a fortnight in sizzling Ibiza.
If you want 24/7 action in a fun atmosphere, head to San Antonio’s Ibiza Rocks Hotel. This place is a magnet for party people and the weekly events and pool parties are legendary. It’s more than a hotel…it’s a lifestyle!
There’s also some quieter spots if you want to leave your disco diva at home for a week or two!
Why not give this place a go? The Hotel Garbi Ibiza is more laid back and you can just chill out and top up your tan or indulge in some relaxing spa treatments. The choice is yours.
Or check out all the latest deals on offer from onthebeach for prices to suit every pocket and great flight choices from all over the UK.
Costa del Sol
The popular southern coast of Spain ticks a lot of boxes for any holidaymaker – great beaches, vibrant nightlife and a huge selection of accommodation from low cost budget apartments to the finest 5-star luxury hotels.
One of the most popular resorts is Torremolinos – which opened its first gay bar in 1962! This fun town is a great choice and you’ll also find two cracking gay beaches; El Gato and Eden Beach. For the best nightlife head to Plaza la Nogalera or nearby Pueblo Blanco where you’ll find lively bars and clubs.
Clichéd perhaps but Corfu really has something for everyone. Choose from low-key, peaceful resorts to full-on party hotspots.
Corfu is so much more than a beach holiday and if you can tear yourself away from the sea and sand, there are also some amazing places to visit that will give you an insight into the island’s identity.
This sun kissed Greek island is perfect for a hot summer getaway. Check out the gorgeous Kontokali Bay Hotel & Spa if you’re after a little bit of luxury.
This lovely stretch of coastline is surrounded by seaside towns and sleepy villages with some amazing gay-friendly hotels and resorts.
The impressive Hotel Bellavista is perched on the top of a cliff, overlooking the Bay of Roses and is listed as hand-picked for gay travellers.
The Costa Brava is also handy for day trips to Barcelona if you want a change of scene.
Further down the coast, heading for the Costa Dorada, you’ll find one of Europe’s most vibrant gay scenes in the town of Sitges. Sitges has been flying the flag for LGBTQ culture for a long time and it doesn’t get any better or brighter than this place which is fiercely proud of its reputation as one of the most LGBT friendly holiday resorts on the planet!
Browse some great flight and hotel deals with Expedia.
The picture-perfect Greek getaway is an iconic gay friendly resort packed with fun, sunshine and absolute charm as well as offering a vibrant nightlife for the holidaymakers that descend on its shores year after year. Mykonos has a long and colourful LGBTQ history and you’re bound to have a ball if you spend a week or two here.
Villa virgin? Or maybe you’ve been partying too much and feeling a little burned out so try something new this year and opt for a private villa that will offer you freedom and seclusion in your own personal space. Just think…no more mad dashes to put towels on sunbeds every morning. Simply get up when the mood takes you and open your doors to your very own poolside paradise that’s just yours. No sharing with all and sundry, just the two of you soaking up the sun in peace all day long. Look at what’s on offer from our friends at James Villas. You won’t be disappointed…
If you fancy going a little bit further afield, check out San Francisco on America’s sun-drenched west coast. Known as the gay capital of the USA, it even has its own ‘gaybourhood’, the Castro. The colourful streets are buzzing with atmosphere, flamboyant bars and restaurants and even though this neck of the woods is considered to be the city’s gay epicentre, anyone and everyone is welcome.
Book your ‘San Fran’ getaway today with some of these top hotel and flights packages from Expedia
You could even head off to the bustling Thai capital of Bangkok for a far-eastern adventure you’ll never forget. Bangkok is widely considered the gay hotspot of Asia and famous for its jumping party scene as well as being a melting pot of sights, sounds and cultures. A truly mind-blowing destination. Discover your Bangkok adventure with Loveholidays
Wherever you choose to go your holiday is about the two of you reconnecting and spending quality time away from the demands of your busy lives. Above all it’s about relaxing and having some fun in the sun. We hope we’ve given you some inspiration for your next getaway and be sure to update your profile and tell us all about it. And remember to post some pics too. We want to see all these great places and share your travel tips with our members.