Spain Welcomes You With Open Arms
The land that inspired the sweet songs of poetry of Federico García Lorca and the creatively flamboyant films of international acclaimed director Pedro Almodóvar. It is no wonder that this diverse country has become such a popular destination for gay tourists.
Did you know that 72% of gays in the US choose international destinations for vacation? Why not make your next trip one to remember? As Spaniards are known to say, te esperamos con los brazos abiertos (We welcome with open arms) Whether you are interested in arts and culture at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or the Prado Museum in Madrid; architecture like Gaudí´s modernist buildings in Barcelona; or Spain´s exciting local festivals like the running of the bulls in Pamplona, our passion for life is contagious. And like any good celebration, the more the merrier, so visitors are always welcome to join in the fiestas. For gay travellers, Spain has much to offer. You will fall in love with world famous cities like Barcelona, Madrid or Seville because of their cosmopolitan ambience and charming people. Locations like Ibiza, Sitges or Cadiz on the other hand are best known for their relaxed coastal atmosphere. Wherever you go, you will be joined by over three million openly lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual Spaniards, who have made this one of Europe’s most liberal destinations. Quality and comfort is our priority for visitors to Spain. You will find all sorts of accommodations that suit your style and budget but don´t forget to check out our Paradores network, which are former palaces, castles, convents and monasteries converted to modern and comfortable accommodations. To learn more, visit www.spain.info (click on “Accommodations”) or call your nearest Tourist Office of Spain for brochures. For decades, Spain has been known for its delicious wine from regions such as La Rioja, Jerez de la Frontera in Southern Andalusia (sherry), Catalonia cava and Ribera del Duero prized seal of origin. In fact, more than a hundred different classes of wines are produced domestically, in family owned wineries, throughout Spain. But on a sunny beach day, we recommend you try refreshing sangría, a mix of red wine, lemonade, sugar and fresh fruit. Tapas hold the title of Spain’s most typical tasty appetizers made from all kinds of regional foods (such as seafood, meat-filled pastry and small salads) reflective of local produce. These snacks can be enjoyed with a chilled drink made of tomatoes, peppers and cucumber known as gazpacho. Make sure you save room for the paella! This dish, originally from Valencia, is a delicious mix of saffron seasoned rice, shellfish, fish, chicken, pork sausage and peppers that can now be enjoyed throughout Spain and indeed is found in some of the finest restaurants around the world. After filling up on Spanish food and drink, you can choose to enjoy our traditional siesta or nap, which you may find useful to enjoy Spain´s famous nightlife later on. No trip to Spain would be complete without enjoying the nightlife in the world-famous party capitals of Madrid, Barcelona, Ibiza and the Costa del Sol where you can find free magazines to know where the hot spots are. You will have time to enjoy the more than 1,250 gay-friendly establishments such as bars, restaurants, discos, spas… that exist in Spain. Spanish tolerance, sensitivity and respect towards the gay community are inviting aspects to this old world country. Just follow the Spaniard´s relax approach to life and feel free to express yourself everywhere you go.