La Gringa's Guide to Gay Spain. Fun, baby!
You might think this photo is an emblem of gay Spain. But no. This dude has a girlfriend. Gay Spain is even gayer. Let La Gringa show you more.
It's not that big a deal, mostly
My fellow gays, my sisters and brothers in homo happiness, we all know dangers lurk. That's why we look up pages like this: to make sure we don't encounter a pack of homophobes on a dark night in a foreign land. It's also a lot harder to read social cues outside one's own culture, which is why all men in Spain seem gay to me, but most of them aren't. And why I can't pick out the lesbians at all.
Gay Spain? Oh yes. Read more about Barcelona and Sitges here, then add info for the rest of us at the bottom. Thanks!
Gay Good Times in Barcelona
Barcelona, which I consider to me my natural if not my actual home, is a sophisticated city where gay folks are just part of the crowd. There are certainly gay bars in Barcelona, but you'll also find same-sex couples all over the place with no one giving them trouble. Feel free to wear white short shorts and a shawl, too. It's so Euro.
I visited with my friend Saucy, and although we are just friends we were often mistaken for a couple. Here's Saucy being dramatic:
That night traipsed all of the Eixample looking for a lesbian bar, but it was closed. Big disappointment.
Here's a handy list of
gay bars in Barcelona.
Learn from our mistake and ask around when you arrive to make sure the place is still open, OK?
The glorious gayness of Sitges
Here's us at Sitges (left), the uber-gay beach resort about an hour from Barcelona by train. Note the extreme modesty of my bathing suit, which seemed cute in the U.S. Not in Spain. Below is an example of the Sitges (pronounced SEE-ches) scene in full glory:
Lesson learned? Less is more at Spanish beaches, especially gay ones. My tankini seemed positively Victorian. Bikinis for everyone! And then take off part of it if you feel inspired. The nice thing was that everyone wore little bitty suits, not just the skinny people or the young people.
Sitges is also a town, so you can wander about, eat some food, go to the beach, party all night if you want...it's all there. This is gay Spain at its finest. You can also go back to Barcelona whenever you want quite easily -- the train station is right in town. But you'll probably want to spend most of your time in Sitges at the beach, because it's GORGEOUS. Look!
One of the most magical moments of my life happened right there. I'd been hanging out with Saucy all day, frolicking in the surf and having the occasional beer, and it was time to shower. I walked out to the end of the pier to the free showers, and stood there in what seemed like the middle of the Mediterranean letting the cool water flow over me, washing away the salt and sand.
It's still my happy place. I heart Sitges.
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