Open arms: 10 LGBT+ friendly places around the world

Welcome to the wonderful world of diversity and warm welcome! Now we look at 10 wonderful places around the world where LGBT+ communities can find open arms, understanding and hospitality. From cultural capitals to natural retreats, each of these destinations has its own unique spirit and hospitality, making them an excellent choice for those seeking a friendly and supportive travel environment. Let’s dive into this fascinating world and find out where open arms await everyone!

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are well-known as one of Europe’s key LGBT+ travel spots, and with good cause. Travelers to these islands can revel in warm weather, picturesque beaches, and awe-inspiring landscapes, making it a perfect destination for a summer getaway.

These Spanish islands are celebrated for their welcoming stance toward sexuality, allowing visitors to freely enjoy LGBT+ beaches, bars, and clubs. Annually, Maspalomas in Gran Canaria hosts the Gay Pride festival, drawing in as many as 100,000 participants. This 10-day pride celebration features LGBT+ parades, pool parties, and organized boat excursions.


Berlin is more than just a city steeped in history and artistic culture; it also stands as the vibrant hub of Germany’s LGBT+ community. The city pulsates with a lively party scene found in its bars, clubs, and carnivals scattered across the city center, notably in the Schoneberg district, renowned as the heart of Berlin’s gay culture. Berlin Pride, also known as Christopher Street Day, stands as the largest event on the city’s LGBT+ calendar, drawing in crowds to parade through the captivating streets of this magnificent European metropolis.


Zurich is not only a major city in Switzerland, but also a place where culture, art and rich history flourish. Thanks to its open and tolerant spirit, Zurich is also renowned as one of Europe’s top LGBT+ destinations. Here you will find a variety of bars, clubs and events that reflect the diversity and fun of the city. In addition, Zurich hosts a huge LGBT+ festival, which attracts participants from all over the world and highlights the city’s pride and tolerance.


In the Catalonia region, located southwest of Barcelona, lies the seaside town of Sitges. The most famous attraction of this small Catalan city is definitely the free beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. But don’t let the size fool you, because this beach resort’s LGBT+ nightlife is on par with its larger urban neighbors. Sitges’ vibrant nightlife offers a variety of events, including the annual Gay Pride Sitges, with a custom-built miniature village where you can sample delicious food, enjoy drinks and dance to the Spanish sunset.


The Greek island of Mykonos has long been considered one of Europe’s top summer destinations for LGBT+ tourists, and its appeal remains strong. Holidays on this island are a combination of relaxing hotels, picturesque beaches and rich nightlife, attracting members of the LGBT+ community from all over the world.

The XLSIOR summer festival, conducted each year on the island, is characterized by organizers as a special space where individuals connect through love and the universal language of music.   Some of the biggest names in the LGBT+ scene perform here, and many of them can be found in the beautiful outdoor spaces that Mykonos has to offer its guests.

San Francisco

The city is often referred to as San Francisco holds the title of the “Gay Capital of the World ” because of its historical importance in the fight for LGBT+ rights and activism, notably showcased in areas like the Castro District, one of the earliest gay neighborhoods in America. Make sure not to overlook the San Francisco Parade and Celebration scheduled for June 23-24 this yearwhich organizers describe as an event designed to “educate the world, celebrate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and fight for the liberation of our people.”


Barcelona has gained recognition as the gay capital of southern Europe due to its vibrant LGBT+ cultural festivities. In addition to a lively LGBT+ nightlife, the city is home to the annual Barcelona Gay Pride Parade, noted as the biggest pride celebration in the Mediterranean region. With more than 200,000 attendees, this event is not just a parade but also a platform for advocacy, allowing participants to dance through the night while supporting LGBT+ rights.


Vibrant Toronto is home to the biggest gay community in Canada  . The city’s diverse gay life,  referred to locally as “The Village,” it provides visitors a wealth of art, culture and nightlife. The annual Pride celebration in June, like many other metropolitan areas, is the culmination of LGBT+ activities in Toronto, attracting approximately 1.2 million tourists annually.


With luxury hotels, exciting nightlife and tranquil beaches, this destination is no longer a secret, which is why so many head to this Mediterranean paradise every summer.

Numerous renowned superclubs in Ibiza organize a variety of thrilling LGBT+ events and parties throughout the year. Ibiza Gay Pride, the largest event in the LGBT+ calendar, boasts massive concerts, festivals, and marches, including a vibrant “Grand Parade.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is definitely an ideal party spot suitable for nearly everyone, and the stunning views of the city and beaches make it an attractive destination for LGBT+ celebrations. It’s home to the Brazilian Gay Pride Parade, which encompasses beach parties, concerts by LGBT+ stars and draws hundreds of thousands of gay activists to the renowned Copacabana Beach will host celebrations for Brazilian LGBT+ pride.