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LGBT Holidays

Here at Blue Lilo, we believe that everyone should feel safe and free to enjoy their holiday. We've rounded up a list of LGBT friendly resort areas so whether you want a romantic getaway with your partner, or to dance the night away with your friends you can with peace of mind. We've also listed the most epic Pride celebrations across Europe so you can time your visit and experience it for yourself.

LGBT Friendly Beach Holidays

Your best bet for an incredible LGBT friendly holiday are the resorts of Greece, Spain (including the Canary Islands), Portugal, Malta and Cyprus. Here are just two favourites.

Mykonos: This charming Greek island is perfect for those who want to relax during the day and then party hard at night. Think massive clubs with thumping beats and pristine beaches dotted with traditional white-washed houses.

Gran Canaria: Widely considered one of the top LGBT destinations in the world it has not one, but two pride festivals a year. In January and February, there is also the exuberant Carnaval de Las Palmas which features a variety of colourful acts.

LGBT Friendly City Breaks

Barcelona: If you want to combine a beach holiday with a city break, head to Barcelona. The city is home to many trendy shops, restaurants and art galleries. When your feet grow tired from all the sightseeing, then head to the nearby beaches to soak up some sun and relax.

Paris: The city of love is an excellent city break choice for LGBT couples. There are plenty of art museums to enjoy, cafes to recharge in and lots of fine-dining options for a candlelit dinner. Don't forget to steal a kiss at the top of the Eiffel tower while you watch the sunset.

Best Pride Celebrations and LGBT Events

Maspalomas Gay Pride, Gran Canaria - May

Few places do Pride on the same scale as Gran Canaria. The event draws thousands of people and lasts ten days. There are plenty of pool parties and beach bashes to enjoy.

Cyprus Pride - May

This is a newer Pride festival, but that doesn't mean it's short on things to do. The event takes place in the city of Nicosia with a march, pre-parade, speeches, dancing, parties and food.

Ibiza Pride - June

This is a newer Pride festival, but that doesn't mean it's short on things to do. The event takes place in the city of Nicosia with a march, pre-parade, speeches, dancing, parties and food.

Barcelona Pride - July

Barcelona celebrates Pride like no other city. There is a massive parade with incredible floats and musicians. The event also has a quirky side with its high heel race and Miss Drag Gala. There are even family-friendly events that children can take part in.

Malta Pride - September

Thousands of people flock to the city of Valletta, and the city transforms into a series of street parties. If you like floats, street performers, dancing and enjoying an incredible show, this is the Pride festival for you!

Funchal Pride, Madeira - October

The Portuguese island of Madeira hosts a Pride festival in the city of Funchal. The event combines speeches, history and activism with the fun of comedians, drag queens and musicians.

Winter Pride Maspalomas, Gran Canaria – November

Looking to beat the winter blues? This winter pride festival is sure to do the trick. Gran Canaria is sun-soaked all year round so even in November you can still expect foam parties and the liveliest of pool parties, the Wet and White Party. There is also an LGBT cruise where you can get out to sea to celebrate.

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