There’s nothing like an LGBT Pride event. Surrounded by good friends, great music and a comfortable environment where you can truly be yourself, it’s no surprise that for many LGBT people it’s the highlight of their year. So imagine this feeling but on a white, sandy beach with the sun blazing down. Take a look at our list of the best Pride events in the sun…
Sitges Pride: 8th-12th June
Celebrating its 8th anniversary, Sitges Pride is set to be better than ever with a huge open air stage with celebrity guests, international DJ’s, tribute acts, fashion shows and much more. The main parade will take place on Sunday 11th June from 5pm and thousands of people are expected to show their support and watch more than 26 floats take to the streets.
Sitges Pride also has a custom LGBTQ village complete with food stands, bars and of course the main stage where performances take place.
We recommend: 3* Platjador Hotel
Ibiza Pride: 14th-17th June
Ibiza Pride is back with a bang for its second consecutive year with a full week of celebrations planned to take place in mid-June with a full colour theme. The event is expected to attract more than 3,000 visitors, culminating in the main parade which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 17th June.
The Port Stage will feature an enviable line up of artists and dancers over the course of the event with an exciting clubbing calendar that promises four nights of non-stop partying.
We recommend: 3* Ibiza Playa
Mykonos Pride: 23rd-30th August
Mykonos Pride, also known as Xlsior Festival attracts over 30,000 people from around the world. The event began in 2009 and boasts a mix of fun, luxury and above all a friendly atmosphere where you’re free to relax and enjoy the event as much as possible. Expect performances from some of the biggest artists in the gay circuit as well as lots of fun and games.
As the event runs for a full week, there’s plenty of time to mix your partying with visits to the beach to top up your holiday tan…
We recommend: 3* Elysium Hotel
Benidorm Pride: 4th-10th September
Now preparing for a seventh year, Benidorm Pride is well and truly a staple in LGBTQ summer festivities. Following a week-long series of flamboyant events, the big finale takes place in Playa Levante with the parade and an open-air party.
The gay village is located in the Old Town so you can mix your partying with exploring traditional culture – multitasking at its finest.
We recommend: 3* Benidorm Celebrations
Malta Pride: Postponed until September 2017
Malta recently topped the European Rainbow Index for 2017 making it the friendliest LGBTQ destination in Europe. As a result, Malta Pride is expected to return bigger and better than ever this year. Island-wide events are expected to take place including festival floats, street parties and concerts into the early hours of the morning with a host of local and international talent.
Guests are encouraged to wear their colourful clothing and come out in full force to celebrate diversity, equality and fun during the event which will now take place in September 2017.
We recommend: 5* Intercontinental
Gran Canaria Pride: 6th-12th November
Now in its 15th year, Gran Canaria pride is arguably one of the biggest pride events in Europe. Taking place twice a year, the summer pride takes place in May with the winter edition spanning a week in November. Live shows take place in Europe’s largest gay centre, The Yumbo Centrum in Playa Del Ingles.
Ocean-lover? Head off on one of the many boat excursions and spend an afternoon partying and don’t forget about the annual parade which boasts over 100,000 participants…
We recommend: 3* Gold Star Marina
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