My top European picks for gay travelers this summer
Summer is (finally) just around the corner. I’ve got some ambitious travel plans to try and visit some of my favorite destinations, but also visit new places that have been on my bucket list for a while. After reading extensively on sites like Advocate.com, OutTraveler.com and a bunch of other gay blogs and vlogs, here are the places that I think will be hot this summer.
Named one of the world’s newest gay hotspots despite the city’s long-time culture of open-mindedness toward LGBT travelers, Tel Aviv is sure to be hot this summer. And not just because of it’s temperatures. June will see the city’s 15th annual gay pride. Many LGBT tour providers offer all-inclusive tours, or else provide the opportunity to book private group tours.
Croatia is easily connected to Europe with flights from all over the continent. It’s long been a beach destination, but its many advantages are only increasing. From beach parties to sailing adventures, Croatia’s coast line is HOT, but the small country’s interior also offers up adventure activities and beautiful scenery. Get into Croatia before anyone else discovers its beautiful coastlines and gorgeous men.
Though it’s been a gay hotspot for years, Mykonos still has plenty to offer for gay travelers. With the Eurocrisis, now is as good a time as any to visit Greece. Do your part and support the local economy and support a country that’s certainly deserving of some extra tourism. Oh, and Thessaloniki had its very first Pride event last year so don’t forget that Greece is much more than the legendary gay nightlife on Mykonos.
Check out GayGreeceGo.com
With a history that could rival just about any other destination, Berlin has as much of a gay history as it does an European one. Tourist sites like the Gay Holocaust Memorial and the Schwules Museum offer a strictly LGBT perspective on Berlin’s history. But with the city’s legendary nightlife, amazing things to do and an annual Christopher Street Day pride parade that could rival any in the USA, Berlin is sure to (still) be amazing this summer.
Belgium is one of those countries that’s often overlooked on European itineraries, but the country has an increasing amount of “cool.” Brussels, the capital of Europe, has its weird and quirky tourism vibe, while Antwerp has long-been a hotspot for gay tourism. This summer, Antwerp is even home to the World Outgames sporting event!
The Austrian capital is working hard to promote itself to LGBT tourists. The city has quite a bit of gay nightlife and with its fine culture of operas, symphonies and shopping, it’s no surprise why so many tourists love the historic city. Vienna is also home to the annual Life Ball — an extravagant HIV & AIDS benefit which revitalizes the centuries-old tradition of luxurious balls (I’m imagining it like something out of the Sound of Music).
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