Spain is well known in the LGBTQ+ community. A country appreciated for its Mediterranean climate, beaches, gastronomy and culture, Spain is nonetheless a favourite destination for the entire gay community. Indeed, we reference a large number of gay-friendly destinations, both on the Iberian Peninsula or in the Spanish islands. Its capital, Madrid, is a first-class LGBTQ+ destination that is known and recognized for its Gay Pride, considered to be the most important in Europe. Barcelona, another major Spanish city and the capital of Catalonia, is particularly popular with the community and especially for its famous Summer Festival Circuit, one of the biggest gay festivals in the world. Torremolinos and Sitges, two other ultimate gay destinations, are smaller cities that could almost be described as “hetero-friendly”. The islands of Spain are not to be outdone, Gran Canaria and Ibiza are the places to go to party. Add to all this the irresistible charm of the Spanish, the famous tapas and the good Iberian wine, and it’s all set to make Spain your next gay destination!
Spain has about 47 million inhabitants. The country’s climate is mainly warm (Mediterranean) throughout the year and rainfall is relatively low. Although today it is part of the European Union, Spain was a great colonial empire in the 16th century, which left its mark on the identity of many countries in the world, especially in Central and South America. Its history is particularly rich and there are many cultural places to visit throughout the country. Tourism is a pillar of its economy, so you will find modern infrastructures and important international airports. In addition, Spain is one of the most popular gay destinations in the world with a very wide offer for LGBTQ+ customers.
We can describe the situation of LGBT+ people in Spain as very favourable. A forerunner in the fight for equal rights, Spain was the third country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 2005, and since 2006, gender reassignment has been allowed, even without surgery. Adoption for same-sex couples came into effect at the same time as same-sex marriage. Sexual or gender discrimination is punishable by law, and since 2009, it’s possible for anyone, regardless of gender, to serve in the military. Any LGBTQ+ person can also donate blood without restriction. Spain is therefore one of the most advanced and supportive countries towards the LGBT+ community.
The currency is the Euro. All major credit cards are accepted.
For citizens of the European Union, Switzerland or a member country of the European Economic Area, a national identity card or passport is sufficient, as Spain is a member of the Schengen Area.
For travellers coming from Canada but also from the USA, Australia, etc. there is an agreement with the EU and you are exempt from visa requirements for stays not exceeding 90 days. However, please note that during 2022, you will have to obtain your ETIAS before your departure. This is an electronic travel authorisation that must be done online before the trip, which will cost €7 and will give access to the Schengen area. Here is the link for more information: ETIAS.