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A luxury gay honeymoon in Spain is a fantastic choice for gay travellers. It's one of the world’s most visited countries for a reason, and tempts newlywed LGBTQ+ couples with everything from beach resort indulgence to historic urban escapes, and from incredible art and architecture to outdoor adventures. Between exploring Moorish palaces, enjoying vibrant nightlife, and sampling local cuisine and wine, a gay honeymoon in Spain is simply dreamy.
Spain first draws gay honeymooners with its welcoming, progressive ambiance. Same-sex marriage has been legal nationwide since 2005, reflecting the country’s openness and celebration of diversity. In exciting cities like Barcelona, Madrid, and Sitges, LGBTQ+ couples can relax and fully be themselves as they embark on their new lifelong partnership. Madrid’s gay scene gives New York and London a run for their money, while Sitges is the European equivalent of Provincetown.
Spain is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, hotels and cities - and as well as this, it boasts a divine climate and second-to-none food and drink. Laze on the acclaimed golden sands of the Costa Brava or party until dawn at beach clubs in Sitges. Wander medieval lanes in sailor-chic Cadiz before indulging in inventive tapas cuisine paired with full-bodied local Rioja wines. Art and culture abound, from the Prado to Gaudi’s fantastical architecture.
The bright lights of Madrid and Barcelona may beckon, but there are so many other places to consider for a Spanish gay honeymoon. The southern region of Andalusia is home to romantic cities, like Granada and Seville. Over in Ronda, a mountain city, you’ll be greeted with panoramic views wherever you look. Down on the coast, you can see the bright lights of Tangiers over the sea in Morocco.
With its beautiful blend of pristine beaches, enchanting historic cities, a cornucopia of culture and world-class amenities, Spain is a fantastic gay honeymoon destination. Whether you desire beach relaxation, urban energy, exciting cuisine or wellness pampering, you'll create unforgettable memories across this diverse, welcoming country.
At Out Of Office, we specialise in combining inclusive service with exclusive travel experiences, but you can find non-LGBTQ+ specific information on Spain honeymoons by visiting honeymoons in Spain.
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A gay or lesbian honeymoon in Spain won’t disappoint. Spain’s combination of stunning landscapes, progressive culture, and indulgent amenities makes it truly one-of-a-kind.
Spain’s welcoming social climate ensures newly married gay couples feel embraced and accepted. The country legalised same-sex marriage back in 2005, reflecting the progressive local values that prevail in cities and luxury resorts alike.
Spain offers sun-kissed Mediterranean beaches and old-world charm by the bucketload. Laze on the Costa Brava’s tranquil golden coastline or get lost together in the winding cobblestone lanes of medieval towns like Cádiz.
Combining Barcelona and Sitges is always a popular choice for gay travellers. Barcelona is packed with culture and history, including the great buildings by Gaudi. Sitges is just 40-minutes away by train and is a great place to unwind, with vibrant nightlife too.
With its combination of glamorous landscapes, progressive culture, personalised luxury, and festive atmosphere, a gay Spain honeymoon will create memories to last forever. Whether you crave beaches, historic sites, pampering, or new experiences – Spain delivers it all for newlyweds.
Barcelona is a fantastic destination for a gay honeymoon in Spain. Art influences every part of this seaside city – from ornate tiled pathways to stunning Gaudi architecture.
The Sagrada Familia is one of the most glorious buildings in Europe. You have to see it at least once in your lifetime. Construction began in 1882 and it remains incomplete to the present day. Park Güell is also a You could join a guided tour and see all the major masterworks of Gaudi.
Over in the Gothic Quarter, you’ll find winding medieval streets packed with bars and restaurants. It was once a Roman village and it retains elements of its ancient past. From here you can take a stroll around the bustling Santa Caterina market, especially if you’re a lover of seafood.
If you’d like to head off the beaten track you can explore the Basque Country on your gay honeymoon to Spain. The largest Basque city is Bilbao, which as lively downtown area and hosts a floating parade during Pride. The most famous sight in Bilbao is the Guggenheim Museum. Frank Gehry designed it and it’s one of the great modern art museums. You can also see major modern works by Anish Kapoor and Jeff Koons in the Art District.
From Bilbao you can head to San Sebastian to continue your gay Spain honeymoon. This scenic resort town on the Bay of Biscay is surrounded by gorgeous mountainous scenery. Although San Sebastian is small, it’s home to a wide array of cultural events and festivals, not to mention a long stretch of lush beaches on the coastline. La Concha was recently voted as Europe’s best beach. What’s more, San Sebastian is home to three Michelin star restaurants.
It’s not far from La Rioja, the region that made the wine so famous. If you love wine you should definitely include it in your gay honeymoon plans, and treat yourself to some of Spain’s finest. There are over 500 wineries to explore in La Rioja.
Spain has many beautiful islands. There’s something particularly romantic about an island honeymoon. It calls to mind boutique hotels, quaint shops and secluded stretches of coastline. You can find it all in the Balearic Islands, the four largest of which are Ibiza, Menorca, Mallorca and Formentera.
As well as romance and seclusion, Ibiza is, quite notoriously, home to some of the world’s most exciting superclubs. EDM might not be the soundtrack to your dream Spanish honeymoon, but fear not, there’s far more to Ibiza than clubs. The San Antonio Sunset Strip is a dreamy setting for a romantic evening and it’s home to some chic bars and restaurants.
For a more secluded setting, take a trip to Formentera. It’s just 17 km from Ibiza and it’s ideal for romance. Formentera is far quieter – so much so that it feels like an unspoiled paradise. You can stroll the El Pilar de la Mola market and explore the restaurants at La Savina on a peaceful gay honeymoon.
Andalucia is a great setting for a Spanish gay honeymoon. It’s a large region, covering much of Spain’s southern coast.
If you’re flying into Andalucia you’ll arrive at Málaga airport. This city was the birthplace of Picasso. At the Picasso Museum Málaga, you can see some of his great works. Málaga Old Town is a great place to get lost in, packed with winding streets and quaint buildings.
Seville is the capital of Andalucia and another city that’s well worth a visit on a gay honeymoon. Here, ancient architecture combines beautifully with modern marvels, creating a truly beautiful city. Witness traditional Flamenco dancing at historic bars and clubs, and enjoy delicious local cuisine at family-ran restaurants.
Granada is a must if you’re in Andalucia on your gay honeymoon. It’s impossibly romantic. You’ll see the remains of the Moorish culture that dominated southern Spain from the 8th until the 16th-centuries. Close to the Alhambra, you’ll find ‘El Albaicín’ District, the oldest Arab district and a great spot to view the Alhambra on the hill above.
It’s just one hour and a half to drive from Malaga to Ronda in the Ronda Mountains. On your way, you can visit some quaint pueblo blancos (white villages), each boasting dramatic views of the distant coastline and Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. When you arrive in Ronda you’ll be greeted by even more dramatic views, not least from Balcón del Coño. Ronda won the hearts of both Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway.
Soho House is a fabulous choice. Some other great hotels for a honeymoon in Barcelona include Mandarin Oriental, Casa Bonay and El Avenida Palace.
Your private balcony in a chic hotel is always a good bet. You could also take your dearest one up Mount Tibidabo if you want panoramic views in the background – skip this one if they’re scared of heights though. You could also go for a private sunset cruise with a bottle of champagne.
That would be Marbella as it’s on the southern coast and close to Africa. Tenerife comes in close second.
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