LGBT Travel – Around The Globe

If you identify as member of the LGBTQAI+ group, you may often feel you’re restricted to travelling to certain countries, especially if in a same sex couple. Whilst LGBT acceptance is increasing throughout the world, there are still many places where it remains illegal or is incredibly dangerous. No one wants to be reminded that non-heteronormative sexualities have to be concealed sometimes because it is still maligned by some people, especially whilst on what should be a relaxing holiday. If you’ve got the travel bug, you may already know places to visit and avoid, but here are a few unique lesser known spots to add to the list and find even more here.

Go to Skiathos, Greece for:

  • An alternative to Mykonos
  • A romantic honeymoon free from worry with your partner
  • The beautiful beaches and crystal clear ocean
  • De Facto, an intimate LGBT bar on the island (Grigoriou, Opposite 1901 Restaurant, Skiathos Town 370 02, Greece)

Go to Capri, Italy for:

  • The stunning Amalfi coast
  • A chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro in Anacapri for views of the Sorrento Peninsula
  • Blue Grotto, a picturesque cave
  • Discover this ‘Island of Love’ as its nicknamed

Go to Copenhagen, Denmark (whilst a more obvious choice, it couldn’t be left off this list!) for:

  • Centralhjørnet, Europe’s oldest gay bar (Kattesundet 18 1458 København K)
  • Coopenhagan Winter Pride (in February) and Summer Pride (in August) because why limit it to one?!
  • Mix Copenhagen, one of the oldest LGBT film festivals, held in October
  • The fabulous culture, museums, food and Kronborg Castle
  • Bøssehuset, a cultural arts space for a variety of queer events and performances

Go to Tel Aviv, Israel for:

  • One of the wildest Pride parades in the world, held in June
  • Bauhaus architecture and contrasting ancient architecture
  • Hilton Beach and Ga’ash Beach– two notorious gay beaches to chill out and meet people at
  • The adrenaline fuelled Superland or Luna Park theme parks

Go to Taipei, Taiwan for:

  • Lungsham Temple of Manka, the most famous temple here
  • The popular night markets including the oldest, Raohe Street Night Market
  • Taipei’s gay village, centered around the Red House which is full of LGBT friendly cafes, bars and clubs
  • Their sauna’s and backrooms that are dotted around the city

Go to Sitges, Spain for:

  • The fashion! The beachfront transforms into a gay village for five days of fashion shows, DJs and the town’s famous annual parade, in June
  • Parrots Restaurant (Carrer de Joan Tarrida, 18, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain) for the legendary drag shows
  • Sitges Carnival (held in February)and Circuit Festival Barcelona (held in August) but Sitges always seems to have a fiesta year round anyway!

Go to Bali, Indonesia for:

  • The beautiful beach, of course!!
  • Super friendly people
  • The numerous LGBT owned restaurants in Seminyak
  • The popular Gay Bars on Jalan Camplung Tanduk (also known as Dhyana Pura)
  • Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (Lake Bratan Temple) which looks like its floating on water
  • Jatiluwih – a beautiful view of contoured rice terraces using a water system developed by Balinese farmers (nominated for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site)

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