​​​​Spain is one of the most progressive countries in terms of LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights and acceptance, which explains why many Spanish cities are among the most LGBT-Friendly destinations in the world. From the various pride festivals all through the country, to legalizing same-sex marriage ten years ago in 2005, this country has helped the world to make the movement toward LBGT acceptance. Experience one of the pride festivals or other various events in Barcelona and Madrid by taking one of Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation’s high-speed trains from Paris, Lyon, Marseille or any of our other connections! 

Here we will go into greater detail about the specific things that make Barcelona and Madrid among the top LGBT- friendly destinations!



Barcelona is an extremely popular tourist destination due to the beautiful architecture throughout the city, the vibrant nightlife, and gorgeous beaches near by among other reasons. This city is also a hugely popular LGBT-friendly destination because of the plethora of gay clubs like Arena, pride events and even gay friendly beaches in Sitges! Sitges is a town just outside of Barcelona that has a very large gay community. The beaches are breathtaking and the various gay clubs and events will keep you entertained during the entire trip!

This pride festival pictured above in Barcelona is celebrated every year starting with a parade and ending with a full festival next to Plaza España. They bring in famous singers to put on a show in the evening and keep a plethora of food and drink stocked for the event attendees! This festival is an absolute must see!  



Madrid is well known for its LGBT-friendly neighborhood Chueca, which is home to many of the popular gay clubs and bars. The city also puts on the largest Gay Pride festival in all of Europe each year with attendees from all over the world. The city is the capital of a country, which was the third in the world to legalize same-sex marriage and waves their pride flags proudly. If you are looking for a big city with a lot of pride to keep you entertained during your trip then Madrid is the place for you!

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