Spain is one of the most progressive countries in the world for LGBTIQ travellers. Openly gay people have been able to serve in the Spanish military since 1979, antidiscrimination laws were introduced in the 1990s, and in 2005 Spain became the third country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
Andalucía’s liveliest gay scene is in Torremolinos, closely followed by the scenes in Málaga, Seville and Granada, but there are gay- and lesbian-friendly bars and clubs in all major cities. Some cities produce special leaflets and maps advertising gay-specific sights. Ask at tourist-information offices.
Websites such as www.travelgayeurope.com and www.patroc.com have helpful listings of gay and gay-friendly accommodation, bars, clubs, beaches, cruising areas, health clubs and associations. Patroc has special sections for the cities of Seville and Granada.
The Federación Andaluza Arco Iris is an organisation based in Málaga that campaigns for equal opportunities for LGBTIQ people.