Celebrate Pride in Barcelona

DESTINATION: SPAIN

Why You Should celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride in Barcelona

By Chloe Bleyer, Tzell Travel Group

Being in Barcelona, Spain during the week of their Gay Pride celebration was probably the most unexpected and best experience of my trip. I arrived in Barcelona on day two of their Pride Week, and each day held a different set of events all over the city. From “drag races”—men and women running through the streets in outrageously high heels—to foam parties [what is that?], there was always something going on. Everyone, regardless of sexual preference or gender identity, was welcome. Barcelona has a very open and friendly culture, and their Pride Week truly conveyed that feeling. These events mainly occurred around Barceloneta, one of the city’s major beaches, but the vibe spread throughout the city.

Barcelona is lively even on a regular summer night; nightlife doesn’t start until midnight but runs until the sun comes up. Pride added an extra vibrancy to the entire experience. On the last day of Pride Week, there was a parade that went up Las Ramblas and ended at Barceloneta, which was a sensory experience like no other. Standing there on the sidelines under the hot sun, with only a slight breeze coming in off the water, I witnessed a truly awe-inspiring demonstration of the pride of the LGBTQ+ community. Participants were walking along with the ornate floats in a wide variety of clothing; from lavish drag outfits to regular street clothes and some just adorned in straight-up body paint. People were throwing around everything from confetti to informational pamphlets on HIV testing. The music was blaring and was only drowned out occasionally by the cheering crowd.

While visually, it was one of the most colorful parades I’ve ever seen, the most impressive part was how comfortable the people walking were. It was 90 degrees and there wasn’t any form of shade if you weren’t standing on a float, but that didn’t stop anyone from having the time of their lives, although the copious amounts of day drinking that happened beforehand probably helped. After the parade got to the beach, everyone broke into groups, some lounging on the beach, some retreating to their shelter for a siesta in the shade, and some heading straight for the nearest stretch of bars.

As someone who does not identify as being a part of the LGBTQ+ community, I was worried that I would feel like I was stepping on someone’s toes, but in the end, it was the opposite. If you were having fun and being respectful to LGBTQ+ community, you were welcomed with open arms and a cold drink.

Hotels We Adore in Barcelona:

NH COLLECTION GRAND HOTEL CALDERON

The NH Collection Grand Hotel Calderon is located in the heart of Barcelona city center on the elegant Rambla de Catalunya Avenue, just one block away from the famous Paseo de Gracia—where most of the luxury shops and Modernist Monuments are. Originally a well-known theater, the hotel became part of the urban development of the city; and in 1992, hosted the Spanish delegation and current Spanish King Don Felipe VI during the Olympic Games.

Exclusive VIP amenities that you get when you book through a Tzell Travel Agent:

  • US$100 Resort credit
  • Complimentary continental breakfast for two daily
  • Early check-in/late check-out upon availability
  • Room upgrade based on availability
  • Wi-Fi

SOFIA

The SOFIA Barcelona is a unique take on stylish hotel living, from the innovative room designs right down to the inventive cuisine found at the restaurants. This is not your standard hotel stay – and at the Hotel SOFIA Barcelona, that’s something to be proud of. The show-stopping circular mirrors, stunning mixed-materials used for the walls and furniture, and fabulous city views from the windows are the ultimate in sophisticated chic; and the in-room Nespresso machines, fiber optic Wi-Fi, and premium bath amenities aren’t too shabby, either. The Hotel SOFIA Barcelona is also home to a premium spa and fitness center, as well as a stylish outdoor pool. Complete with hammocks and Balinese-style beds to lounge in, it’s a fantastic place to relax and soak up that Spanish sunshine.

Exclusive VIP amenities that you get when you book through a Tzell Travel Agent:

  • US$100 Resort credit
  • Welcome amenity
  • Complimentary breakfast for two daily
  • Early check-in/late check-out upon availability
  • Room upgrade based on availability
  • Wi-Fi

THE BARCELONA EDITION

 

The Barcelona EDITION is located on the edge of El Born District, in the heart of the city, beside the Barcelona Cathedral and right next to the Santa Caterina Market, steps away from main city beaches, las Ramblas and main luxury shops as well as Gaudí; buildings on Passeig de Gracia. The hotel features 100 guest rooms, a signature restaurant, state of the art club and lounge, bespoke cocktail bar, rooftop bar, outdoor pool and fitness center. EDITION combines a personal, intimate, individualized and unique lodging experience on a global scale. The first global lifestyle hotel brand that combines outstanding innovation and design with the highest levels of service execution.

Exclusive VIP amenities that you get when you book through a Tzell Travel Agent:

  • $100 USD Resort credit; Miraval Journal
  • Complimentary buffet breakfast
  • Early check-in/late check-out upon availability
  • Room upgrade based on availability
  • Wi-Fi

Ready to plan your next LGBT+ trip to Spain or beyond? Contact your Tzell Agent today: