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Best LGBTQ+ travel spots in 2023

With Pride season just a few months away, what better time to begin planning your next trip?

We've put on our research caps to find you the best, most inclusive destinations to visit this year, and some may even surprise you!

Published by
Sean Rooney·19/01/2023
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Ahoy Pirates! As an LGBTQ+ traveller, one of the first things that crosses my mind when visiting somehwere is: 'Is it safe?'. There's also nothing worse than getting to your hotel, expecting a double bed, and finding two separate single beds instead.

We've tried to alleviate that headache for you, and compiled a list of the best LGBTQ+ travel spots in 2023!

Malta

This may come as a surprise, but Malta has been ranked as the number one country in Europe for LGBTQ+ travellers for the last seven, yes, SEVEN, years! Scoring a whopping 92% on the ILGA Europe Rainbow Europe index!

What makes it an LGBTQ+ travel spot?

  • Little known fact, Malta is actually the LEADING country regarding how laws and policies affect the LGBTQ+, even ahead of UK and Belgium

  • It has been illegal to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in Malta since 2004

  • One of the few countries in the WORLD to make LGBTQ+ rights equal at a constitutional level

  • Keep in mind, Malta doesn't have many LGBTQ+ exclusive venues, this is more of a relaxing beach holiday than a party location

Why travel there in genereal?

  • 300 days of sunshine a year, what's not to love?!

  • Beautiful blue oceans, perfect for those insta pics

  • A myriad of watersports and outdoor events to take part in

  • Notable hotel: The Phoenicia - Gay-friendly, 5-star resort


Canada

Canada, O' Canada, what a place to be, especially for those of us in the LGBTQ+! Ranking first in the Spartacus Gay Index, Canada is an internationally renowned safe haven for those in the LGBTQ+ community.

What makes it an LGBTQ+ travel spot?

  • HUGE drag scene, particularly in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto, with some of the world's BEST performers

  • Pride season starts in June, with pride events running across all major Canadian cities up until September 2023

  • Gay villages can be found across the country's major cities, with the biggest in Toronto being home to Canada's largest gay community

Why travel there in general?

  • Canada's beautiful surroundings make it one of those special places you can visit all year round. If you're heading to Canada during winter, make sure to wrap up warm!

  • Best of both worlds - Canada boasts incredible nature sites and combined with the buzz of the big city, Canada has something for everyone

  • Incredible opportunities to spot wildlife

  • The ideal country for a road trip

Portugal

Renowned for its fantastic food and wine, amazing beaches and historic sites, Portugal is also a world leader in gay rights!

What makes it an LGBTQ+ travel spot?

  • Recently announced progressive policies around transgender and intersex people, doubling down on their pro-LGBTQ+ stance

  • Huge gay pride events like Lisbon and Porto Pride, beginning from 29th May!

  • Legalised gay marriage in 2010

  • Since 2004, the Constitution of Portugal has prohibited any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation, making Portugal one of the only countries in the world to have a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation in its Constitution

Why travel there in general?

  • Good weather all year round

  • Some of the world's best wine

  • Relatively cheap - we have some fantastic deals you can find below!

  • Jam-packed with culture, from churches to historic sites, Portugal has it all

  • Notable hotels: Accor, Belmond - all gay friendly

Spain

Hailed as a 'model' nation in Europe for gay rights, Spain has been at the forefront of Europe's move towards becoming more liberal and accepting over the last few decades.

What makes it an LGBTQ+ travel spot?

  • Internationally renowned for being gay-friendly, cities like Barcelona and Madrid often appear in lists of the BEST travel spots for LGBTQ+

  • Huge LGBTQ+ Night scenes throughout Spain and drag is incredibly popular

  • Hosts one of the world's largest pride events - 1.5 million attended in Madrid

  • Same-sex marriage was legalised in 2005, and it has been illegal to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people since 1996!

Why travel there in general?

  • Good weather all year round

  • Rich in culture and a wide variety of different cities, Barcelona is completely different to Seville!

  • Daytime siestas? Yes, please!

  • Well priced, we have some fantastic deals for you below