5 Gay Things To Know About Prague

Prague is, by far, one of the most stunning cities in Europe. In fact, their picture perfect city center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. With a population of 2 million people, Prague’s been known to be gay-friendly since 1962. They even legalized registration for same-sex marriage in 2006. As such, Prague is a perfect European destination for gays, whether they come to enjoy the beautiful sites or take part in the many gay related events that the Czech Republic’s capital city has to offer.

5 Gay Things To Know About Prague

5 Gay Things To Know About Prague
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1) There’s no one central neighborhood where gay guys come together in Prague, but much of the gay scene is concentrated around the trendy Vinohrady district, close to Old Town. This is a great place to find a hotel, as it’s safe and there’s plenty to do in the area. To find out which gay bars, discoteques, saunas, and cruise clubs are the best in the city, visit Travel Gay Europe for more information.

2) During the second week of August, Prague Pride takes place and attracts thousands of visitors. In 2015, more than 35,000 people came to take part in the celebration. There are non-stop parties held throughout the week and aa with most Prides, it concludes a with large parade. Of course, the party is just starting when the parade wraps up. We recommend going to Letna Park to dance and get your drink on with fellow gays and others who support the cause.

3) As much fun as we all like to have when visiting a new place, it’s important to know that prostitution is legal in Prague, with the age of consent being 18 years old. There are some places where you can easily find a guy for hire, but there might be times when guys who appear interested in you may actually be prostitutes! This cash grab scam is unfortunately common in Eastern Europe and is something that many tourists fall far. While Prague may not be Bangkok,  if you find yourself at a strip bar or sex club, it’s safe to assume that many of the guys there are for hire and are not interested in much more than your wallet.

4) By far, the easiest way to get around Prague is with public transportation or by foot, if you’re willing to add some extra miles to your favorite pair of sneakers. There’s so much to see around each and every corner! When you can’t walk anymore, there are plenty of trams, buses, and a metro line (you can switch between all of them on one ticket). Do be careful when hailing cabs, as they will sometimes overcharge tourists. It’s best to use Uber or a taxi application to call a car. This will get you quickly on your way to next club or hook up!

5) Lastly, for those scared of language barriers with Czech guys, you don’t actually need to know Czech in order to have a conversation with a local.As Prague is such a popular destination, most locals speak English. Though it sure does help if you can manage something like thank you, good morning, how are you, etc. Imagine how delighted someone would be (perhaps a Grindr hookup!) if you’re able to say basic things. A pro tip – Lonely Planet guides usually contain a list of common expressions, complete with instructions about how to pronounce them.

5 Gay Things To Know About Paris 

Everyone knows Paris, as it’s one of the capitals for fashion, art, and all around culture. The entire city itself is like visiting a museum! Whether you’re walking through the beautiful cobblestoned streets lined with lots of cafe’s and restaurants, heading to the top of the Eiffel Tower, or wandering along the Seine, the city is like a dream come true.

The gay population in Paris is actually the largest in France, with the Marais neighborhood being where the gay community comes together to have a drink, dance, and get to know one another.

5 Gay Things to Know About Paris

5 Gay Things to Know About Paris

1) There was much debate over legalizing same-sex marriage in France back in 2013. Despite rallies held by right-wing and conservative groups who protested this, France became the 14th country to accept same-sex marriage. By allowing same-sex marriage, France has created equality and acceptance for everyone, ensuring that visitors can see them as a welcoming country. The city of Paris itself,  is by far at the forefront of gay acceptance.

2) When looking for the epicenter of gay life in Paris, look no further than Le Marais. This central neighborhood is located just along the river and is filled with cozy streets lined with cafes, bars, and clubs, all of which are within walking distance from one another. You can easily have a fun night any night of the week in Le Marais, either going to Raidd Bar to see a hunky guy take a shower or to Cud Bar for some naughty after hours fun.

3) By far the best time to visit Paris is in the summer, when the sun stays out until 10:00 p.m. and everyone is full of cheer. Gay Pride takes place in June, typically at the end of month. Pride in Paris draws nearly 700,000 people who come from all around the world. It’s a day filled with parties, events, and a huge parade at the end celebrating the LGBT community in France. The goal of the event is to create awareness of self expression and equality.  Our tip? Even after the parade is done, the party is just starting in Le Marais! So head there to enjoy a fun filled evening. For something more low key, Banana Cafe is always great to grab a drink and people watch.

4) We already spoke about Le Marais, but there’s an entire slew of bars and nightlife in Paris that caters to the gay clientele. To find a list of clubs and bars, our go to site is Travel Gay Europe. One fun party is Scream, only held on Saturdays,  it’s where all the gay sexy men in Paris go to party.

5) On the outskirts of Paris, you’ll find Europe’s first gay friendly mosque, which opened in 2012. The mosque was created by Ludovic-Mohammed Zahed, a gay Islamic scholar, who’s attempting to provide a worship space for gay, lesbian and transgender Muslims. Although not formally recognized by the Paris Grand Mosque, this is still a place that allows people to have somewhere to worship, without feeling out of place while in France. This is something special that truly shows a rising movement in Paris, to be more LGBT friendly.

5 Gay Things To Know About London

With a population of 8 million people, London is the second largest metropolitan city in all of Europe. It’s also a major melting pot of cultures, with inhabitants from as far away as India and Sri Lanka, to Ireland, Poland, and many other countries, all of whom who call this epicenter of culture home.

London’s sheer diversity ensures you can find all kinds of gay thing to do. This makes getting to know the gay scene of London a rather fun experience, as newcomers can dive into many new things that otherwise can’t be done elsewhere.

5 Gay Things To Know About London

5 Gay Things to Know About London

1) For starters, the Soho neighborhood in Central London is where you will find the biggest gay community (mainly around Old Compton Street). Here you’ll find many gay bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops. It’s a great starting point for newcomers to London to meet other tourists and locals. Highly recommended is a stop at G-A-Y Bar for a cheap drink. This popular gay area of London is simply not to be missed.

2) The east end districts of Vauxhall and Hackney are two other popular gay areas where you can go to satisfy your “party boy” habits. There’s something for everyone when it comes to nightlife there, as London has been powering the gay nightlife scene for a very long time now. Check out the world famous club, Heaven where you’ll be completely surrounded by nothing but handsome men. If you’re looking for something a little more low key, there are plenty of traditional gay pubs in the area as well. Don’t be afraid to open Grindr, to see who’s around, and find a local who can take you around.

3) BFI Flare, London’s premier Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, showcases the best new and classic LGBT films from around the world each spring. This week long festival has been running for 30 years now, and is now a longstanding tradition that brings awareness of gay culture to the big screen.

4) The Easter holiday weekend is almost just as big as New Year’s Eve in London. This is the best weekend to go out and enjoy tons of gay parties. As One Easter Weekend Festival is a celebration that lasts five days, with eight different venues involved, and ten incredible parties.

5) London’s Gay Pride at the end of June, is a week long festival worth attending. There are several parties throughout the week that lead up to London’s pride parade that celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities across London. It brings like minded attendees from all around the United Kingdom and Europe, who want to do nothing more than have fun and rejoice in equality together. The main events on the final day take place at Trafalgar Square where there’s always popular performers for all the spectators and performers to enjoy. Though the fun doesn’t end there, Soho of course takes over at night with parties and events in the many pubs, clubs, and bars that line this vibrant neighborhood.

Lou Louby Shimona Henry

Burlesque is its own unique form of art—one that often leaves a lasting impression. The stage presence of a burlesque performance is often unique and hard-to-mimic. Ask anyone who’s been to a burlesque show and they’ll often laugh and cry trying to retell about the performance, but it’s never as good as the original.

In a new book from indie publishers Book the Film, this uniqueness is perfectly captured in a striking series of photographs. The coffee table book, Burlesque, features page-after-page of the men and women famous for burlesque performances. From the sultry looks to the pouty lips, the photographs really jump off the page. You won’t want to miss your next local burlesque performance after seeing these photographs!

Domino Barbeau by John Fox
Domino Barbeau by John Fox
Immodesty Blaize by Magnus Hastings
Immodesty Blaize by Magnus Hastings
LouLou D'vil by Shimona Henry
LouLou D’vil by Shimona Henry
Roxi D'Lite by Roxi D'Lite Photography
Roxi D’Lite by Roxi D’Lite Photography
Vicky Butterfly by Maria S. Varela
Vicky Butterfly by Maria S. Varela
Tigger by Roxi D'Lite
Tigger by Roxi D’Lite

The BURLESQUE Coffee Table Book will be released in the US and CANADA at the end of March solely through this site, and will be available in bookstores in June throughout the European markets.

Gay Costa Rica - Win a Trip!

The internationally popular gay travel blog, Travels of Adam, has partnered with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and GayCostaRica.com to give away a 6-day, 5-night gay holiday to Costa Rica.

Gay Costa Rica - Win a Trip!

Costa Rica is one of Central America’s most LGBT-friendly destinations. The capital, San José, is home to a number of different gay bars and clubs—from the mega-discotheques to the small hipster cafés. Just a short 2-hour drive from the capital city is the gay beach destination of Manuel Antonio. Famous for its gay-friendly hotels, nightlife and gay beaches, the area is popular with LGBT tourists. In addition to being a gay travel hotspot, Manuel Antonio is home to Costa Rica’s most popular national park where monkeys, sloths, raccoons and other animals are easily spotted along the park’s expansive and beautiful beaches.

Gay-friendly businesses operate throughout the country, though San José and Manuel Antonio are Costa Rica’s most popular gay destinations. To find gay-friendly businesses, check out the IGLTA’s “Plan Your Trip” feature. Just search for Costa Rica and you’ll find a directory of LGBT-friendly businesses, from gay hotels to tour operators.

The “Win an LGBT Trip to Costa Rica” sweepstakes promotion is sponsored and supported by both IGLTA.org and GayCostaRica.com. To enter the travel contest, visit travelsofadam.com/contest

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5 Gay Things To Know About Florence

Florence is world famous for its art and architecture from Italian Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Machiavelli. As one would expect, this brings hordes of tourists and combined with the expensive rents in the city, the gay scene in Florence is not what it used to be, almost falling completely off the radar. A surprise, since Italy’s first gay disco was in Florence, opening in 1974. Although the city isn’t the epicenter of gay life like it used to be, there are still plenty of activities for gays, especially at night when the tourists leave and the locals come out to play.

5 Gay Things to Know About Florence

Here’s our top 5 gay things to know about Florence.

#1) For starters Florence is tiny and the real estate within the city’s core is very expensive. As such, you’ll be hard pressed to find other gay locals in close radius when you’re using Grindr. You’ll have to try your luck and hope you’ll find some other tourists in close proximity or you’ll need to be willing to travel to the outskirts of the city. You’ll have a better chance at finding locals when they come out to experience Florence’s nightlife on the weekends starting from 12 a.m. onwards. 

#2) Unique to Italy is that a membership card (the Anddos card) is required for entry into all of the gay cruise bars and saunas. In Rome, this card is also needed to get into some of the gay parties. You can usually purchase the card at venue entrances for 15 € and it will be valid for 1 year. Alternatively, you can pay 8 € for entry to a single club, bar, or sauna. When you buy the card, you’ll need to show photo ID, and after that you’ll only need to show the membership card. This card is your golden ticket to having gay fun in Italy.

#3) Tabasco Club is the oldest and most famous gay club in Florence, founded in 1974 at the height of the disco age. Tabasco Club is located just off of Piazza della Signoria, in the ancient crypt of Santa Cecilia, and can be somewhat difficult to find. Be sure to look up the exact address on Google Maps, so you can find the exact spot.  The club is known for their international DJ’s, late night atmosphere, and comfortable dance environment. Another popular spot is Y.A.G. bar, along Via de’ Macci, near Piazza Santa Croce. It’s best experienced in the summertime and you can also barhop to many of the other locales in the area. 

#4) If you’re looking for something more hardcore, hit up Crisco Club and Hard Bar 85. Both clubs play host to fun theme nights, like evenings without any lights on in the club or wild parties in their swimming pool. 

#5) Beyond the weekend nightlife, there aren’t really many more gay activities. We recommend visiting cafes and chatting with locals, as this is the best way to find out the what locals do to enjoy their free time. Explore a house party, find out where to get a good dinner, or how to find your way onto the back of a vespa. Florence is a very gay friendly city that you can make into your very own cruising location.

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5 Gay Things To Know About Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city renowned for pleasures that one can’t experience elsewhere in the world, like their red light district and legalized marijuana practices. However, there’s so much more to Amsterdam, most notably from a gay travel perspective. Take for example, a holocaust memorial dedicated to gays and lesbians persecuted during the second world war or Milkshake, a queer music festival that’s said to be even better than their annual Pride celebrations.

amsterdam canals
Photo via cherylhoward.com

Here’s our top 5 gay things to know about Amsterdam.

#1) Not long after they recognized same-sex couples’ domestic partnerships in 1998, The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001. A poll of the Dutch population in 2013, showed that 85% supported same-sex marriage and adoption, proving that the country is one of the most welcoming and gay friendly nations in the world.

#2) There’s a holocaust memorial for gay and lesbian who fell victim to the Nazi regime. Opened in 1987, the Homomonument’s situated in the center of Amsterdam.  The purpose of this monument is to “inspire and support lesbian and gays in their struggle against denial, oppression and discrimination.” Homomonument’s also the very first monument in the world that commemorated gays and lesbians who were affected by the tragedy of the second world war.

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#3) An exciting development is that Amsterdam will be hosting EuroPride in 2016, the first time since 1994. The weekend long Mardi gras style party was first started in London in 1992 and is hosted by a different european city each year. It features different sporting and artistic events, including live music, special club nights, and a big parade.

#4) Amsterdam’s gay pride parade actually takes place on the canals and not the streets. Instead of parade floats on wheels, Amsterdam uniquely celebrates pride on boats which coats down the Amstel and along many of the city’s most scenic canals. Everyone parties, whether they’re on one of the boats or enjoying the parade alongside the canal. In addition to the parade, there’s a slew of other events, so check pride website for details. Be sure to book your hotel early, as this is one of busiest times of the year in Amsterdam.

Milkshake-Festival

#5) Amsterdam’s best gay festival isn’t actually Pride, but a queer music festival called Milkshake. This festival encompasses all that the country is doing to achieve an ambiance that’s free of society created stereotypes. Milkshake aims to bring everyone together no matter their cultural background, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  The overall mentality is that we’re all people, the salt of the earth, and this is something to celebrate! With tons of live bands and various DJs performing, there’s a lot of fun to be had at this summer festival held outside at Amsterdam’s Westerpark.

wilder daze

We recently spoke with Wilder Daze, a gay recording artist based in Brooklyn. We fell in love with his single and the travel-themed video.

wilder daze

1) Tell us about Brooklyn. What’s it like to live there as an artist?

I’ve lived in Brooklyn for almost a year now. I’ve been in NYC for almost six, but I came to Brooklyn to be closer to my recording studio. It’s very convenient for me as an artist because I can walk over to my studio. I also love going to my favorite little Parisian cafe up the street to do some work or read. I mostly love this area because it still has that old-school charm, and there’s just a lot of great bars, cafes, thrift shops. I love walking around here at night. It’s quieter than Manhattan, but I find Brooklyn to be full of just as many surprises.

2) What are some of your most memorable trips? How often do you travel and what kinds of places do you travel to?

Well, I’m half Brazilian, so growing up; I traveled to Brazil a lot. Those are some of my most memorable trips. We would visit my mom’s family in Belo Horizonte, where I’d see all my cousins, and then explore other cities. Rio is by far my favorite. I love to go there now as an adult, when I can. I love any city where people are drinking and dancing in the street, and it’s just a part of the culture there.

I travel every year, some more than others. I’m always excited to go somewhere new. Last year, I traveled to Europe for the first time. I went to Prague, Dubrovnik, Paris, and Amsterdam. It was truly the experience of a lifetime. Every city was gorgeous. Paris in particular was one that I had a love affair with. The beauty of the city and the people are what made me blush. I also ended my year in New Orleans, which has become my favorite city in the US, besides New York. It’s wild. I heard the best music of my life in that city.

3) What are your reasons for traveling?

Growing up, I traveled mostly to either visit family or spend time with family. Now, I’d say I travel the most just to experience a new city or country, and I love doing that with good friends. Traveling is very inspiring for my writing as well. I find that I do most of my writing when I’m going somewhere.

4) In your latest video, you tell the story of a holiday romance in Paris – tell us a bit more about that…

Some of the most profound romances that I’ve had have also been the most brief. In Paris, I truly felt that a passion inside of me had been reignited. It was one of those life-changing, unforgettable moments. It wasn’t just one person but also the architecture, the aesthetic of the city, the food, the wine. I spent my 23rd birthday there and drank a bottle of wine underneath the Eiffel Tower with my sister and our friends. My romance in Paris was short-lived though. I felt like I was being snatched away too soon, and I hope to go back this year to pick up where we left off.

5) Have any other holiday romance stories you want to share? 😉

I did have one other holiday romance. It was at the start of 2015 in Rio de Janeiro. It lasted a couple days, so actually longer than in Paris. We smoked and watched the sunset. All I’ll say is that it was the best I’ve ever had, for other reasons. It’s another one that I still think about all the time. I tend to hold on to my romances for dear life, long or short.

“Blush” is the first single off his upcoming debut album, “Golden Hour.” His latest production was shot on VHS video to complement the retro pop vibe on the track. The video tells the story of a short-lived romance in Paris. Learn more about his music on his website, www.wilderdaze.com

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Tivoli Gardens - Copenhagen

Copenhagen has quickly climbed up my list of favorite European cities. Having visited over the summer for their annual gay pride and then again this winter, I’ve discovered that the city has enough going on to make it one of Europe’s best destinations, and probably my favorite city in Scandinavia (sorry Stockholm). A city famous for its alternative culture, its arts scene and an easygoing, friendly way-of-life, Copenhagen has a lot to offer. The Danish people have been ranked as the world’s happiest and Copenhagen called the world’s most livable city. A lot of praise for a small European capital city, but after spending several weekends exploring the insider secrets and tourist hotspots, it’s obvious that Copenhagen is more than just cool. It’s one of those special cities full of life and energy that permeates not just the things to do, but the entire ethos and city culture.

To really see Copenhagen, book yourself a long weekend. Start your first day exploring Copenhagen’s main tourist sites.  A Copenhagen Card gives you access to many of the city’s museums and attractions, plus free transportation on the bus, train and metro. But really, one of the best attractions in Copenhagen are the canals and waterways. Either book yourself a boat tour or catch one of the water taxis part of the public transportation system. The Nyhaven part of central Copenhagen was the one-time district famous for its go-go dancers and rowdy bars full of sailors. Today there’s a number of trendy restaurants, cafés and bars. A short walk north of the Nyhaven neighborhood and you’ll find your way to what’s Copenhagen’s most famous attraction: The Little Mermaid. Famous from the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, she’s located just a few steps into the water. A lot of travel guides like to point out how “disappointing” the monument is, but give it a chance because it really is quite a nice sculpture—even if there’s a bunch of industrial buildings visible on the opposite shore.

Copenhagen Mermaid

Nearby, the Design Museum in Copenhagen has a unique collection of Danish artifacts from fashion, furniture and arts & crafts movements. On until January 31, 2016, the museum is showcasing the award-winning MINDCRAFT15 works by Danish artists and designers. There’s also a nice shopping district nearby, centered around the Magasin department store.

Another one of Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attractions is the Tivoli Gardens—the world’s oldest amusement park. Located in the center of the city, it’s open late during the summer with beautiful flowers in-between the different rides, restaurants and games. In the winter, the park opens up for Christmas with picturesque decorations and lights throughout the entire park.

Tivoli Gardens - Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s gay nightlife is largely concentrated along Studiestraede, a street in center of the city around the corner from city hall. The bars may be small and numbered, but the community is largely friendly and diverse. Denmark has long been an open and gay-friendly destination, and the summertime Copenhagen Pride draws in thousands of tourists each August. One of the more interesting gay bars in Copenhagen is Centralhjørnet, located on a corner opposite the City Hall and hosting a number of live events throughout the year. For up-to-the-date gay travel tips for Copenhagen, check out the city-run official Facebook page, Gay Copenhagen.

Gay Copenhagen

Start your second day in Copenhagen by getting out of town! Seriously. One of the world’s best contemporary art museums is located just a short 30-minute train ride north. You can buy a combined museum & train ticket from the ticket office in the central train station. The scenic ride up the Øresund coast is easy, and then it’s just a short walk from the station to the Louisiana Museum which hosts international exhibitions, artists talks and concerts. In the summertime, you’ll find the open grounds and sculpture gardens perfect for a stroll (though it was still very pretty on the cold winter day I visited), with a surprisingly relaxing view out to Sweden on the opposite coast. Currently, the museum is hosting an exhibition on the works from Yayoi Kusama—great for selfies, but really an incredible artist who often featured LGBT rights as part of her weirdly interactive exhibitions in NYC during the 70s and 80s.

Yayoi Kusama - Louisiana Museum

After a few hours at the Louisiana Museum, make your way back to Copenhagen and head straight for the Torvehallerne—a food market hall popular with tourists and locals alike. A mix of wine bars, trendy cafés and small bistros, it’s a great place for an affordable meal. Copenhagen’s other best place to eat is the Copenhagen Street Food market, open year-round in a warehouse by the harbor with 30 different vendors selling everything from Moroccan to Mexican foods.

 

copenhagen street food

Two days in Copenhagen is pretty good to see the main sights, though if you want a leisurely holiday, there are plenty of other great museums and restaurants worth exploring. The café culture is alive and well in the city, with countless coffee bars. From Copenhagen, it’s easy to make your way across the bridge into Sweden—straight to the Malmö city center in under 40 minutes. Malmö’s best attractions are its parks—pretty even in the winter. The city is even often referred to as the “city of parks.” Take a walk through Kungsparken and Slottsparken where you’ll spot different gardens, a windmill and even one of the city’s museums, the Malmö Museum. Skip that museum, though, and instead head over to the Modern Museum, part of the same collection in Stockholm and with an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art.

 

moderna museet mälmo

If you’re looking to relax, Sweden’s famous for its spas. But be warned that in the winter, it’s common to visit the spas along the freezing cold waters of the coast and occasionally jump into the water between sessions in the spa. Too cold for me, personally, so if that’s not your style, head to some of the trendy cafés and restaurants around Malmö’s charming old town square, Lilla Torg, where you’ll find a Christmas Market in the winter. Warm food and good coffee are the norm in Sweden, especially during the ritual afternoon fika—an easy pastime to pick up even on a short weekend!

 

Mälmo, Sweden

The Copenhagen Airport is located on an island almost exactly between both Copenhagen and Malmö, making it a convenient point of entry and exit for a holiday to both cities. Read more about Copenhagen on travelsofadam.com.

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Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

WHAT TO DO: Design Museum Denmark, designmuseum.dk; Louisiana Museum, louisiana.dk; Torvehallerne, torvehallernekbh.dk; Get the Copenhagen Card, copenhagencard.com, for easy access to additional sights.

WHERE TO STAY: Radisson Blu, radissonblu.com — Located a short 15-minute walk to the city center, it’s a convenient location which has excellent views over the Copenhagen skyline.

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Malmö

Malmö, Sweden

WHAT TO DO: Kungsparken and Slottsparken; Moderna Museet, modernamuseet.se; Lilla Torg, old town square

WHERE TO STAY: Park Inn Hotel Malmö, parkinn.com – Located on the outskirts of the city, the Park Inn has views out to the sea and is near the famous Turning Torso Building, a neo-futuristic skyscraper and the tallest building in the Nordic countries.

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Disclaimer: I was hosted at the Radisson Blu and Park Inn Hotels during my stay. Both properties were slightly outside of the city center but still centrally located.

San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Knowing where the gay villages of a city or region you’re visiting can make a big difference to how much interaction with other gay travellers and locals you might have on your travels. Having never been to any in North America or Asia, I cannot comment on those, but here are five of my favourites from elsewhere.

Vinohrady, Prague

Prague may be one of Eastern Europe’s most gay-friendly cities, and Vinohrady is the place to be to experience the city’s thriving gay scene.

Vinohrady, Prague
Vinohrady, Prague

Soho, London

Centred around Old Compton Street, Soho may be one of Europe’s oldest gay villages with gay pubs dating back to the 1940s. London might seem like an overwhelming enormous place to the first time visitor, but you never know who you’ll meet: I met my husband here!

San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Argentina’s capital is definitely something of a gay mecca in South America, and San Telmo, the city’s oldest neighbourhood, is without question at the centre of attention when it comes to all things gay in Buenos Aires. It’s also a great place for market shopping on Sundays.

San Telmo, Buenos Aires
San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Le Marais, Paris

Since the 1980s, this district in the third and fourth arrondissement of France’s capital has had a strong gay presence, and it doesn’t take much wandering around to notice all the rainbow flags, gay nightclubs and men walking hand in hand.

Barrio Alto, Lisbon

The own town of Lisbon, or Barrio Alto, is a less obvious gay village than others, in the sense that many of its bars and clubs are not specifically aimed at a gay clientele, but rather are very gay-friendly. It’s definitely more the place to come if you’re looking for intimate, cosy settings rather than huge nightclubs, which you’ll find elsewhere in the city.

Barrio Alto, Lisbon
Barrio Alto, Lisbon