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7 LGBTQ+ friendly holiday destinations to book in 2022/23

As Pride Month is now in full swing, we take a look at the best countries for LGBT travellers to visit around the world.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 10.06.2022

With ever-growing communities, fabulous nightlife and fun-filled events celebrating Pride, countries across the world are becoming more LBGTQ+ friendly than ever before.

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway exploring new cultures with your loved one with a short break to Malta, wanting to search for some winter sun at some long haul destinations with a fortnight in Thailand or a fancy jetting off for a week of partying with friends in Ibiza, we’ve got your LGBTQ+ friendly holiday destinations covered.

 

IF YOU’RE WANTING A LONG-HAUL ADVENTURE

San Francisco

Known as the gay capital of America, San Francisco is one of the United States’ most progressive cities with a rich history of gay rights, making it a brilliant LGBT-friendly destination. From cultural activities to entertainment specifically tailored for an LGBT crowd, you’ll be welcomed with open arms in this North Californian city.

Thing to do

We recommend visiting the Castro District near the centre of the city, where there are plenty of sing-along nights and queer-led cinemas to enjoy. Plus,

you can sit back, relax and take in the serene beauty of the famous Bay Area.

 

HLN TOP TIP: If you’re visiting in June, make sure you join in one of the world’s largest Pride celebrations ­– San Francisco’s Pride Celebration & Parade.

Sydney

If you’ve always dreamt about travelling down under, Sydney is the perfect spot for you. With friendly locals, a beautiful year-round climate and one of the most beautiful natural landscapes on earth, this cosmopolitan cityis a go-to destination for any LGBT traveller wanting to explore the South Pacific.

Things to do

You can find Sydney’s main LGBT scene downtown on Oxford Street, but there are plenty of gay-friendly clubs, bars and community events all over the city. If you’re looking for somewhere to go for a date night, the city’s beautiful harbour and adjoining Opera House provide a relaxing, romantic setting if you’re travelling with your partner.

HLN TOP TIP: Sydney’s famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras takes place annually, around late February/early March

IF YOU’RE WANTING A EUROPEAN BREAK

Malta

After topping the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Index every year since 2016, Malta has been ranked the most LGBTQ+-friendly place in Europe. Enjoy views of crystal-clear waters, unwind on the beautiful beaches and explore the small-but-mighty island’s stunning town centres.

Things to do 

From the charming capital Valletta home and the buzzing nightlife of Paeville to the relaxed vibe and blue seas at Gozo and the historical streets of Mdina, there’s no official gay scene in Malta as everywhere you go is LGBTQ+ friendly.

 

HLN TOP TIP: Malta Pride is a festival on Malta island that features street parties, LGBT floats, parades, concerts, events and fun-filled activities that’s held every September

Copenhagen

This cosy Nordic nation and largest city in Denmark has a reputation for tolerant social attitudes, and in fact, was the first country to legalise same-sex civil partnerships back in 1989 and marriage rights followed in 2012.

Things to do

The Danish capital is renowned for its beautiful waterfront, fine dining and colourful architecture. While you’re there why not pay Europe’s oldest gay bar Centralhjornet a visit that’s been part of the Copenhagen scene for over sixty years?

IF YOU’RE WANTING A PARTY HOLIDAY

Ibiza

Ibiza is one of the most popular gay travel destinations in Europe. If you’re looking for soft sand beaches and great nightlife, the island of Ibiza is for you. This Mediterranean gem has a big reputation for a club and party scene like no other.

Things to do

This party paradise is teeming with gay bars and clubs to let your hair down at. And if you’re after lazy days in the sunshine to help cure your hangovers, the White Isle’s outstanding beaches are a perfect spot to sweat out those toxins. If you’re wanting a romantic setting, make sure you visit Café Mambos to watch the stunning sunset.

Mykonos

Sun, sea and Mediterranean island charm, the gorgeous Greek island of Mykonos has been an LGBTQ+ holiday hotspot since the ’70s. With its out-and-proud tradition of gay bars, gay beaches and gay-friendly hotels, the island has the reputation for being a European haven for LGBT travellers. Expect chic hotels, sophisticated bars and twinkling turquoise waters.

Things to do

From visiting Mykonos’ famous windmills to exploring the bustling popular gay nightlife scene in Mykonos Town, you’ll make memories that’ll last a lifetime in this Instagramble destination.  With a wide array of accommodation, ranging from cheap and cheerful budget choices to chic boutique hotels, there’s a place for everyone to stay.

IF YOU’RE GOING ON A HONEYMOON

Thailand

With plenty of locations to explore and stunning picture-perfect beaches, Thailand is a vibrant choice for same-sex honeymooners with its Buddhist nation known for being friendly and welcoming.

Things to do

Bangkok is famous for its gay bars, gay-friendly hotels and saunas. But don’t just limit yourself to Bangkok, the whole of Thailand is waiting for you. From Phuket to Koh Samui and Pattaya, all are home to stunning natural sceneries and beaches to explore.

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