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Barcelona: A Gay Travel Guide

Barcelona: A Gay Travel Guide | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
It’s no wonder that Barcelona is such a popular destination — drawing people from across Europe and the world to enjoy its unique combination of warm weather, beach-side location, and a seeming…
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Why Spain is a great place to be gay

Why Spain is a great place to be gay | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Why Spain is a great place to be gay

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Fabrice Tasendo's curator insight, December 8, 2016 5:56 PM

It may be a predominantly Catholic country, but Spain is officially the most LGBT-friendly nation in the world, according to the Pew Research Centre. Here are 5 reasons Spain is such a great country for LGBT people. #ILoveGayTravel #VisitGaySpain #ILoveGayPride

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VIDEO: Madrid World Pride 2017 From June 23 to July 2

Whoever you love, Madrid loves you!

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#MadridPride is one of those #GayEvents that will stay with you for a lifetime, and this year it's even larger with #WorldPride because whoever you love, Madrid loves you <3 
#VisitGaySpain #GayMadrid #GayPride

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Fabrice Tasendo's curator insight, November 29, 2016 9:10 PM

#MadridPride is one of those #GayEvents that will stay with you for a lifetime, and this year it's even larger with #WorldPride because whoever you love, Madrid loves you <3 
#VisitGaySpain #GayMadrid #GayPride

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Spain continues to grow as top destination for gay travellers

Spain continues to grow as top destination for gay travellers | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Between Sitges, Ibiza and Gran Canaria, Spain has long been known as one of the most popular international locations for gay travellers.
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Just how popular though has been made clear by new research which reveals the importance to Spain of the powerful ‘pink pound’. While tourism has been booming in the country in general with a 12% growth in 2015, gay tourism has seen even more spectacular growth with an estimated 28% increase last year.

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Fabrice Tasendo's curator insight, October 26, 2016 11:24 AM
Great article from @lonelyplanet on how people @VisitGaySpain, with #Gaysitges #GayGranCanaria & #GayIbiza leading the charge #VisitGaySpain
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Spain’s Best Small Towns for a Weekend Getaway

Spain’s Best Small Towns for a Weekend Getaway | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Whether a local dish, a historic monument or simply the charm of an easy & simple way of life, these small Spanish towns are definitely worth your time & energy


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Spain is a country of pueblos, or small towns, and many Spaniards spend their holidays going back to these villages where their families are from, getting fascinating glimpses into a history of a time gone by. Though small in size and population, they each have their own unique features making it worth the effort it may take to get there.

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Fabrice Tasendo's curator insight, October 11, 2016 9:51 PM

Spain is a country of pueblos, or small towns, and many Spaniards spend their holidays going back to these villages where their families are from, getting fascinating glimpses into a history of a time gone by. Though small in size and population, they each have their own unique features making it worth the effort it may take to get there.

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The Best Places for Gay Holidays

The Best Places for Gay Holidays | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
A round-up of some of Europe's (and the world's) best gay destinations for holidays and other adventures.
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Travel is travel, yes. But this year I’ve also realized just how many of my own trips and experiences are almost certainly chosen because of my own sexual preference. Where I’ve traveled to isn’t necessarily anything to do with the fact that I’m gay, I guess, but these are the places that I’ve found that are actually great for other gay travelers like myself—either solo or for gay couples. I never thought I’d be the guy who ended up going to (and actually enjoying!) stereotypically gay destinations, but hey, here I am. Over the past year, I’ve just realized that I like to travel to places where other gay travelers tend to migrate to. I’m all for venturing out to further places, but every now and then, I just need a gay holiday…

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Madrid: World Gay Pride Capital until 2017

Madrid: World Gay Pride Capital until 2017 | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
The Spanish capital will host the international celebration as well as the Euro Pride event
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Madrid will be the world’s proudest city in 2017. For the first time, the Spanish capital will serve as the host for the international LGBTQ World Pride event, as well as for Euro Pride. “It’s very important, because it’s never been done before – it’s the first time these two events are being celebrated in the same city,” says Juan Carlos Alonso, president of World Pride Madrid 2017’s planning committee. Last Sunday, Alonso and Javier Garrigues, Spanish consul in Amsterdam, received the baton of Euro Pride from the Netherlands on August 7. In July, Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena officially took over the responsibility of World Pride 2017.

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Poolside at LGBT Circuit festival in Barcelona | Photos

Poolside at LGBT Circuit festival in Barcelona | Photos | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

People dance at a pool party during the gay and lesbian Circuit Festival in Vilassar de Dalt, near Barcelona, Spain, August 9, 2016.

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12 Amazing LGBT Events in Spain You Won’t Want to Miss

12 Amazing LGBT Events in Spain You Won’t Want to Miss | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Spain has incredible annual LGBT events that draw millions of visitors each year. Here are some of our top picks not to be missed.

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#MadridPride, Circuit, Delice Dreams are three of the 12 Amazing #LGBTevents that #GaySpain has to offer. Which one will you attend? #VisitGaySpain

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Fabrice Tasendo's curator insight, July 14, 2016 5:35 PM

#MadridPride, Circuit, Delice Dreams are three of the 12 Amazing #LGBTevents that #GaySpain has to offer. Which one will you attend? #VisitGaySpain

Fabrice Tasendo's curator insight, July 14, 2016 5:45 PM

#MadridPride, Circuit, Delice Dreams are three of the 12 Amazing #LGBTevents that #GaySpain has to offer. Which one will you attend? #VisitGaySpain

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World Pride Madrid 2017 Reception Held in NYC

World Pride Madrid 2017 Reception Held in NYC | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Last night the folks from World Pride Madrid 2017, Tourism Madrid, Tourism Spain and a wide variety of tourism partners hosted an incredible reception in New York City to celebrate the marketing launch of this exciting event coming to Spain in 2017.
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In attendance were a wide variety of LGBT tourism “movers and shakers”, as well as LGBT influencers, several of whom have already been Tweeting, posting and sharing blogs, articles, photos and videos introducing their folks to the upcoming event.

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Matt Skallerud's curator insight, December 16, 2016 7:39 AM

In attendance were a wide variety of LGBT tourism “movers and shakers”, as well as LGBT influencers, several of whom have already been Tweeting, posting and sharing blogs, articles, photos and videos introducing their folks to the upcoming event.

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Madrid Food Tour: 5 Spanish Foods that Surprised Me

Madrid Food Tour: 5 Spanish Foods that Surprised Me | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
I recently went on the Tapas, Taverns & History Madrid Food Tour. Find out why I was surprised by some of the foods including olives, blue cheese and anchovies.

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Our friend from Two Bad Tourists went on a Devour Madrid Food Tour and here are the 5 foods that surprised him! #GayMadrid #VisitGaySpain

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Fabrice Tasendo's curator insight, December 2, 2016 8:29 PM

Our friend from Two Bad Tourists went on a Devour Madrid Food Tour and here are the 5 foods that surprised him! #GayMadrid #VisitGaySpain

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Gay Barcelona guide: where to visit, eat and party in the sexy Spanish city

Gay Barcelona guide: where to visit, eat and party in the sexy Spanish city | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world to be gay, with its open community, incredible nightlife, vast array of restaurants and glorious weather

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Fabrice Tasendo's curator insight, November 21, 2016 5:51 PM

Excellent guide to #GayBarcelona from our friends at Gay Star News

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Why You Shouldn’t Miss These Top Spanish Gay Prides

Why You Shouldn’t Miss These Top Spanish Gay Prides | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Spain boasts some of the biggest and best gay pride events in Europe. Check out these top Spanish prides that are totally worth adding to your bucket list.

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The reasons to #VisitGaySpain like 'food & wine, music & passion' reach another whole new level when #GayPride season comes along. Now imagine what happens when #WorldPride shows up in #GayMadrid! #ILoveGaySpain #GaySpain

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Fabrice Tasendo's curator insight, October 21, 2016 5:37 PM

The reasons to #VisitGaySpain like 'food & wine, music & passion' reach another whole new level when #GayPride season comes along. Now imagine what happens when #WorldPride shows up in #GayMadrid!
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Why You Should Visit These Winter Events and Festivals in Spain

Why You Should Visit These Winter Events and Festivals in Spain | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Spain is a great summertime destination but that doesn’t necessarily mean it slows down after all the summer fun. In the colder months there’s a wide variety of things going on including celebrating pride in the winter, lots of holiday festivals and parties and plenty of parades, both traditional and gay. With so much happening, Spain is definitely a year-round destination and may even be better to visit in the winter to avoid the heat and the higher summer prices. A trip around any one of these events is sure to be worth your while.

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Gay Gran Canaria: guide to the best gay bars, clubs and events

Gay Gran Canaria: guide to the best gay bars, clubs and events | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Gran Canaria is a playground for the gay boys. Check out our gay guide to the best parties, clubs and gay bars in Gran Canaria.
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Gran Canaria is a notorious gay destination in Europe, specifically in Playa del Ingles in the South. The island has always been a beacon of tolerance whilst in the olden days, mainland Spain used to have an extremely hostile conservative attitude led by the Catholic Church. The Canary Islands were a popular place to exile people who broke social rules and thought differently.

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Controversy erupts in Seville over Gay Pride photo exhibition

Controversy erupts in Seville over Gay Pride photo exhibition | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Right-wing politicians call for the removal of an LGBT show of photos, currently on display on the Andalusian city’s streets
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Don’t Miss Madrid’s Summer of Surreal Art

Don’t Miss Madrid’s Summer of Surreal Art | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

When the artist Hieronymus Bosch passed away 500 years ago in the little Dutch town of ’s-Hertogenbosch, he left behind an astonishing and groundbreaking portfolio — with intricate scenes of monstrous figures doing the wackiest things — that continue to inspire disciples and perplex experts to this day.


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Great NY Post Travel piece on Museo Nacional del Prado's big 500th anniversary show on Dutch visionary Hieronymus Bosch, plus the other two points on Madrid's fantastic Golden Triangle of Art, the Museo Reina Sofía and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. #MadridArt 

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Fabrice Tasendo's curator insight, July 19, 2016 5:23 PM

Great NY Post Travel piece on Museo Nacional del Prado's big 500th anniversary show on Dutch visionary Hieronymus Bosch, plus the other two points on Madrid's fantastic Golden Triangle of Art, the Museo Reina Sofía and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. #MadridArt