Spain is one of the world’s most visited countries for a reason. It’s home to some of Europe’s best beaches, hotels and cities. The climate is divine and the food and drink are second to none. Spain is a major draw for gay travellers. Madrid’s gay scene gives New York and London a run for their money, while Sitges is the European equivalent of Provincetown.
The bright lights of Madrid and Barcelona may beckon, but there are so many other places to consider for a Spanish honeymoon. The southern region of Andalusia is home to romantic cities, like Granada. Here you’ll find the Alhambra fortress, a legacy of the region’s Moorish past. 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.
Islands like Ibiza and Tenerife offer both nightlife and activities for adrenaline junkies. They also offer quiet, romantic hotels and beaches. Tenerife is one of the best places for stargazing. Ibiza is, of course, one of the best places to party.
Spain is a dream destination for a gay honeymoon. The only difficulty is deciding what kind of Spanish honeymoon you’re looking for.
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Barcelona And Sitges
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. It’s a great place to unwind and it has great nightlife.
The Sagrada Familia is one of the most glorious buildings in Europe. You have to see it at least once in a lifetime. Construction began in 1882 and it remains incomplete to the present day. 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 seafood fan.
There’s no shortage of romantic hotels in Barcelona. Soho House Barcelona ranks highly on our list. It’s close to Las Ramblas in Duc de Medinaceli square. It’s every bit as stylish as you’d expect from the Soho House brand and an ideal choice for a honeymoon.
- It's very welcoming to gay travellers
- The food and climate are divine
- Home to some of Europe's best beaches
- It's versatile: you can have any conceivable type of honeymoon in Spain
The Basque Country
If you’d like to head off the beaten track you can explore the Basque Country. The largest Basque city is Bilbao. It has a lively downtown area and it 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, a scenic resort town on the Bay of Biscay surrounded by 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 check it out and taste 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, like Mint Lounge.
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.
Andalucia is a great setting for a Spanish honeymoon. It’s a large country covering much of Spain’s southern coast. If you’re flying into Andalucia you’ll arrive at Malaga airport. This city was the birthplace of Picasso. At the Picasso Museum Málaga, you can see some of his great works. Malaga Old Town is a great place to get lost in, packed as it is with winding streets and quaint buildings.
Granada is a must if you’re in Andalucia. 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). All of these little villages have 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.
If you’re intending to head to Marbella – in Andalucia it’s rude not to! – remember what they say in Essex: no carbs before Marbs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where should I stay in Barcelona for a honeymoon?
We’ve already mentioned Soho House. Some other great hotels for a honeymoon in Barcelona include Mandarin Oriental, Casa Bonay and El Avenida Palace.
Where can I propose in Barcelona?
Oh, you sound like a keeper! 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.
What is the hottest place in Spain?
That would be Marbella as it’s on the southern coast and close to Africa. Tenerife comes in a close second.
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