Gay & Lesbian Travellers

Discretion is the key. Although homosexuality is acknowledged and in the large part tacitly accepted in Mediterranean Europe, attitudes remain conservative and overt displays of affection could elicit hostility, especially outside of main cities and in some eastern countries.

  • Antidiscrimination legislation is in place everywhere except Turkey.
  • Same-sex relationships are recognised in Croatia, Slovenia, France, Spain and Portugal and same-sex marriages are legal in Spain and Portugal.
  • Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon and Athens all have thriving gay scenes and the Greek islands of Mykonos and Lesvos are popular beach destinations for gay travellers.
  • Further information is listed in individual country directories. Useful resources include:

Damron (www.damron.com) Publishes various guides and apps for gay travellers.

Gay Journey (www.gayjourney.com) Travel services (package deals, accommodation, insurance etc), gay-friendly listings and loads of links.

Spartacus World.com (www.spartacusworld.com) Extensive listings and sells the Spartacus International Gay Guide (€25.95, US$32.99, UK£19.99), a male-only directory of worldwide gay venues, as well as a guide to gay-friendly hotels, restaurants and saunas. Apps are also available.