Barcelona Gay Pride 2016 – What’s on for travellers

Barcelona Gay Pride 2016 is the largest event in the Mediterranean to celebrate LGBT+ culture. With an estimated 250, 000 people expected to attend, there’s going to be a spectacular party in Catalonia.

Pride Barcelona has changed in recent years and can now rival London, Berlin and Madrid as an entertainment spectacle. It’s become a major international event since 2008 and has a fun-filled programme that will appeal to gay and straight travellers alike.

Barcelona Pride Gay
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As one of the most liberal cities in Europe, Barcelona has a vibrant nightlife and is full of bars, hostels and restaurants. The Eixample area of the city, which is sometimes known as ‘Gaixample’, is the best place to experience Pride 2016.

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The area is compact and easy to navigate on foot. There’s also plenty of budget hostels with availability in this area, such as Hola Hostal Eixample and Sleep Green.

It’s close to everything and the focal point of the Pride celebrations. With its amazing climate and stylish architecture, there’s no better place than Barcelona to have a gay summer party!

Essential information

When: June 28 – July 10, 2016
Time: Main parade and party on Saturday July 9
Where: Begins at Plaça Espanya
Neighbourhood: Poble Sec, Barceloneta
Metro: Drassanes (L3), Espanya (L3, L5)

Key Highlights 

Gay Pride Barcelona
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Barcelona Gay Pride 2016 will be hosting a series of top international stars and DJs, an open air foam party, a high heel race and a drag queen gala! The Pride parade takes place on Saturday July 9 at 6pm via Avinguda Paral·lel to Plaza Espanya – and the partying will continue long into the night.

Parade Day – Saturday July 9

16:00pm – The parade starts at Plaça Espanya making its way along the Parallel to the iconic Christopher Columbus statue. It finishes at the Pride Village at Moll de la Fusta, where the festivities will climax with a massive street party.

20:00-02:00 – Outdoor clubbing party and drag shows, DJs at the Pride Village.

02:00-06:00 – Matinée Pride party at Poble Espanyol.

Gay hostel availability in Barcelona

Pride Barcelona 2016
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If you’re planning to attend Barcelona Pride this year, then make sure to book your hostel in advance. The Catalan capital will see hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving in the city. Plan ahead this summer and experience the magic of Barcelona without breaking the bank.

*Header Image by Jordi Boixareu (Flickr/Creative Commons)