Ever wondered where the most LGBT-friendly destination in Europe is?! Wonder no more as the Rainbow Europe Index has revealed all, based on its annual review. We’re counting down our top 3 most LGBT-friendly countries in Europe according to the report…
3) Spain – 67%
Barcelona, Stiges and Torremolinos are just a handful of Spanish cities that have a lively LGBT nightlife scene, while annual Pride events across the country are also a common occurrence.
Gran Canaria is well known for its huge Pride event which takes place twice a year. The Canary Island is home to the Yumbo Centre where you’ll find a range of gay-friendly bars and clubs as well as endless shopping opportunities. Each of the Costa’s has their own LGBT-centric areas filled with bars and clubs that cater towards the LGBT community.
We recommend: Gold Star Marina
2) Portugal – 69%
Portugal also scored highly in this year’s Rainbow Index with a score of 69%. Gay marriage was legalised here in 2010, making the country the 6th in Europe to do so.
Lisbon is home to the best LGBT nightlife in the country and also holds an annual Pride event, along with the city of Porto. The Lisbon event drew a crowd of more than 45,000 last year and offers a Pride village complete with stage, bars, lounge and a family area. Trumps is the largest gay club in Lisbon with 2 dance floors, while Boys R Us in Porto is also a popular choice with visitors.
We recommend: Tivoli Jardim
1) Malta – 91%
Malta continues to score well in the Rainbow Index and comes on top for another year with a huge score of 91%. Earlier this year, the Maltese government legalised same-sex marriage and the country’s LGBT rights continue to go from strength to strength.
A Pride event takes place every year and the2017 parade had over 2,500 marchers, floats and street performers. There are a number of LGBT-friendly bars and clubs on the island including Michelangelo Club Lounge in St Julians, which opened in 2016 and The Birdcage Lounge in Rabat which features live music, cabaret shows and karaoke.
We recommend: Corinthia Beach
Read more about the Rainbow Index Europe here