Madrid might be the capital of Spain, but Sitges truly is SPAINS Gay Capital, and arguably the Gay Capital of Europe.
It's hard to even say that Sitges is welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community, because half the time straight is the minority, especially when it comes to peak seasons. Being a small town with plenty of beaches waving a rainbow flag as loud and as proud as we do, there's no doubt that Sitges is the perfect destination for some well deserved R&R.
Don't forget it's not actually that far from Barcelona, so if you miss the hustle and bustle there's always an option to combine your trip so you don't miss either!
The go to area for the LGBTQ+ community is definitely Plaça de la Indústria square where you'll find beautiful terraces spilling out from all sorts of bars and restaurants.
For a more chilled start to your evening, grab a cocktail and people watch from the terrace of Parrots Pub before you move on to the bustling Joan Tarrida, where some of the top tavernas and clubs are. El Horno (surprisingly translates to "the oven") is home to the Bears Sitges club and is run by the same team as XXL cruise club directly opposite.
If you're looking for more fruity, there's La Villa offering beautiful cocktails and if you fancied catching a show there's the fabulous gays and gals at Bar Comodin for a drag show.
In the late 70s, Spain’s LGBTQ+ community rejoiced as homosexual activity was legalised across the country. All this meant was that they could no longer be sent down for going down after a night out – something they’d been doing since the beginning of time anyway!
Today, Spain is one of the most liberal countries in the world in terms of LGBTQ+ freedoms. In fact, according to a 2013 study by Pew Research Centre, a whopping 88% of Spanish citizens accept homosexuality. Join us in raising a glass to Spain who came out on top (or so to speak) against the 38 other countries who were polled!