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Moonrise Travel is always searching for LGBT friendly travel destinations. We believe any persons, regardless of whom they love, should be able to enjoy travel without prejudice.
Below find destination options in order of ILGA's European Countries Rainbow Ranking. These are overall rankings in the following 6 categories:
Equality and non-descrimination
Hate crime and hate speech
Legal gender recognition and bodily integrity
Civil society space
Malta ranks #1 as the most LGBT friendly country in Europe.
Annual LGBT events in Malta:
Malta Pride in September
You can find the majority of Brussels' gay bars, clubs, saunas and shops in the city center surrounding Rue du Marché au Charbon.
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Norway was among the first countries in the world to give equal rights to everyone no matter whom they love.
Annual LGBT events in Oslo:
Oslo Pride in June. Similar events can be found in Stavanger, Bergen, and Trondheim as well.
A film festival called Oslo/Fusion which focuses on gender, sexuality, and identity in September.
Skeive ski, a skiing festival for gays and lesbians in Hemsedal, in March.
#4 United Kingdom
The LGBT scene in London is huge!
There are clubs, cafes, bars and shops scattered all over London.
Be sure to visit:
Soho district of Central London, particularly in the area around Old Compton Street.
Party temples in the railway arches in Vauxhall.
Alternative clubs in the East End.
Annual LGBT events in London:
BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in spring.
London Gay Pride in June.
"FINLAND: EVEN THE STAMPS ARE GAY
There is no staying in the closet in Finland. This is the country where you can send your postcards home with gay erotic stamps and take part in endless rainbow-coloured activities throughout the year." -VisitFinland.com
Helsinki boasts many gay-friendly cafes, restaurants and hotels.
"The gay scene in Finland is mostly focused in Helsinki but we have gay clubs and bars also in Tampere and Turku. Finland and above all Helsinki area is safe and liberal these days. Finland is one of the most stable and safest countries in the world also when it comes to the safety of LGBTQ people." - Gay Guide Finland:
Bear Park Cafe “13” is a super cute gay cafe in the heart of Kallio, in the corner of the Bear Park.
Mann’s Street is a gay karaoke bar close to dtm by the street Mannerheimintie. This is a meeting point for middle-aged gay men. The place is filled with Finnish exoticism.
The newest gay restaurant, Room Bulevard in Helsinki, has already become a popular meeting place for LGBTQ people.
The biggest gay nightclub in the entire Nordic region, Hercules, opened last year at its new address in Kamppi. The club is in three floors and can fit almost 500 customers.
Don’t Tell Mama is the oldest gay club in Helsinki, originally know as Gay Gambrine.
Café Cavalier is an elegant Gay bar & café in the middle of Helsinki near the Kamppi Metro station.
Fairytale is a traditional gay bar with tinted windows – perhaps the last of its kind in Helsinki.
Nudist beach in Pihlajasaari Island
There are three places for cruising in Helsinki. Keltainen Ruusu (Yellow Rose) and US Video are close to each other in Kamppi in downtown Helsinki. They both have a large cruising area with separate private rooms, slings and a common area for relaxing. Sauna Vogue is located slightly further away from the city centre. There is a bar, three saunas, one of them steam sauna, cruising area and private rooms.
Annual LGBT events in Helsinki:
Helsinki Pride in June
Querelle is an ambitiously diverse festival for the LGBTIQ+ people and their allies in the heart of Helsinki. The first ever Querelle will take place in April 2019. More information and the program will be released in fall 2018.
Bears On Board cruise, the original baltic get-together for all men around the world leaves from the market square on July 21st at 5pm.
Lettukestit is a regular LGBTQ+ -party for women, women-minded, and friends of the female gender.
Above information obtained from a wonderful website..Gay Travel Finland (link below)
Le Marais; the historic district in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, is the gay center of...well..."Gay Paree".
The narrow streets in Le Marais are filled with gay bars, cafes, shops, and gay-friendly restaurants.
Annual LGBT events held in Paris:
Festival des cultures LGBT in January
Women-oriented, Festival International du Film de Femmes, and the queer-focused, Festival de Films d’Artistes sur le Queer in March
Queer Week takes place in various venues across Ile-de-France in March
Marche des Fiertés LGBT is Paris' Gay Pride in June
Salon du Livre Lesbien (lesbian book fair) in July
Paris will be the host city for the Gay Games from August4 to 12 , 2018.
Existrans parade celebrating transgender people in October
Chéries-Chéris, the Marais Film Festival and the Paris International Lesbian & Feminist Film Festivl in November
Copenhagen has long been a tolerant and relaxed city for the LGBT community.
Denmark was the first country in the world to recognize same sex marriage in 1989.
Since 1999, married gays could adopt the children of their partners.
Centralhjørnet, the first gay bar in Copenhagen, opened over 80 years ago.
Most of the gay bars and clubs are located around the famous Strøget shopping street in the city center, and are all within walking distance of each other.
Annual LGBT events in Copenhagen:
Gay Pride weekend in August.
Danish Rainbow Awards - AXGIL
Mix Copenhagen LGBTQ Film Festival
Be sure to check out...
Kvindehuset offers a festive alternative to the Copenhagen mainstream nightlife, where lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual women and transgender people can party in a tolerant and open atmosphere.
Warehouse9 is a performance space in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District. Often with a focus on trans-, queer- and gender-political issues, and presents new trends in film, performance art, burlesque, dance, literature, art, activism and music.
From it's beaches; bars & clubs; LGBT special events; same-sex marriage in 2005, Barcelona welcomes all into her arms.
Barcelona also is known to have a vibrant gay and lesbian scene, with a fine array of restaurants, bars and clubs in the district known as the ‘Gaixample’ (a mix of Gay and L'Eixample), an area about five to six blocks southwest of Passeig de Gràcia around Carrer del Consell de Cent.
Annual LGBT events in Barcelona:
New Year's Eve
Bears meeting over Easter
Barcelona Gay Pride in June/July
The Circuit Festival party weeks in August
The international LGBT film festival in October
A coastal town forty minutes southwest of Barcelona, Sitges is known for its Mediterranean beaches and seafront lined with mansions.
The old town has many shops, restaurants, and gay bars and nightclubs.
Gay Beaches in Sitges:
Bassa Rodona-gay beach. Packed in July and August, it is THE place to see and be seen.
Platja dels Balmins-mixed beach, clothing optional. Near the eastern end of Sitges, Balmins is a nudist/clothing-optional beach. The first cove sports a mixed crowd of men and women in various stages of dress...or undress. The smaller cove is mainly men.
l'Home Mort-gay beach. These small coves have clothing-optional beaches.
The Chueca district is the center of Madrid's gay scene.
Most of the gay bars, clubs, cafes and shops are located in or near Chueca.
Thanks to Spain's very progressive laws of gay marriage and anti-discrimination laws adopted in 2005, Madrid was chosen to host the EuroPride 2007.
The 2007 EuroPride parade became the most colourful and hottest gay pride parade in Europe's history.
Madrid hosted the large WorldPride in the summer of 2017.
Annual LGBT events in Madrid:
New Year's Eve.
Sleazy Madrid, the international fetish weekend, in spring.
Madrid Gay Pride in July.
LesGaiCineMad, the gay film festival, in November.
Mad.Bear, the international bears week, in December.
#11 The Netherlands
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The gay friendly areas of Amsterdam can be found on Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amstel street, and Kerkstraat. The Warmoesstraat has gay cruise bars and fetish shops.
Annual LGBT events in Amsterdam:
New Year's Eve
the Bear Weekend in spring
King's Day on the 26th/27th of April
Amsterdam Gay Pride with the canal parade in August.
Not only is Milan known as THE place to go for fashion (Via Montenapoleone is the place to shop), but it has the biggest LGBT scene in Northern Italy. There isn't a particular section of Milan that's considered a gay area, but the bars and clubs are scattered all over Milan. However, in the Porta Venezia area, you'll find a few venues close to each other.
In Italy, you will need an Anddos membership card to attend any gay cruise bars, saunas, and parties. You can usually purchase at the entrance to one of the venues and it's valid for 1 year.
Annual LGBT events in Milan:
Gay Pride in June
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