The Mediterranean Sea has always attracted tons of tourists and adventurers who love crystal-clear waters, stunning beaches, amazing food, plenty of excitement and, most of all, affordable prices. All Mediterranean destinations are beautiful in their own way, but not all of them are 100% friendly to our LGBTQ+ lifestyle. If you’re a gay traveler, here are the five top destinations for a fabulous vacation and plenty of adventure in the Mediterranean:
Mallorca is a well-known gay travel destination that offers the best nightlife in the world, as well as many other amazing tourist experiences friendly to the LGBTQ community. If you hit this Spanish island, you can relax in lux resorts, sip cocktails in bars, and enjoy sun tanning at the beach—all that without any fear. The atmosphere in Mallorca is very chill, so all beaches are gay-friendly and all people are pretty tolerant. If you want to be “extra-gay” on your Mallorca trip, you can hit Platja d’es Trenc and its gay and nudist areas. On the other hand, if you want to enjoy peace, quiet and true relaxation, hire a motorcycle and head from busy Palma or Alcudia to Mallorca’s hidden coastal towns and villages.
When it comes to gay travel, Mykonos in Greece is probably one of the best-known destinations. Gay singles and couples have been gathering here for decades to relax, party and enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Mykonos is speckled with gay beaches, hotels and bars, so you’ll definitely find something that fits your needs and desires. When it comes to Greece, it’s also important to mention Lesvos or Lesbos. While most gay guys choose Mykonos and its wild lifestyle, many lesbian travelers choose Lesbos for its more romantic, relaxing and picturesque atmosphere.
Montenegro is a small Mediterranean jewel still not as popular, crowded or expensive as Greece or Croatia. Budva is probably the most popular city with both local and foreign tourists, so it’s always brimming with life and excitement. It’s important to say that the gay scene is still not as developed as we would like, but there are beaches and bars in the area that are considered gay-friendly. If you can get over the reduced displays of affection between you and your partner, you’ll discover that Montenegro is a perfect destination for all travelers, those seeking relaxation, adventure, nightlife or investment. With all the extraordinary studios for sale in Montenegro, it might be hard to leave Budva without investing in rental real estate or setting up a summer house for yourself.
In the past 10 years or so, Dubrovnik, and entire Croatia, has become a tourist hotspot for many reasons that go beyond being featured in Game of Thrones. Croatia is blessed with a moderate climate, beautiful coastline and tasty food—it’s a treat for all the senses. Dubrovnik might not be as open to LGBTQ travelers as Mykonos or Mallorca, but it’s still liberal enough for you to have a safe and pleasant adventure. And your days in Dubrovnik won’t be boring for one second—spend them exploring the walled city, trying out local food and catching some sun at the beach. And when you get the urge to surround yourself with fellow gays, hop a boat and hit Lokrum Island. This island has a popular gay beach where you can be 100% yourself as you enjoy the sun and chat with locals and other travelers.
This is a true Mediterranean secret, far away from Italy (all land, to be precise) and all the hustle and bustle of the civilization. Pantelleria is reserved for gays with a refined taste—it’s a more aesthetic Mykonos. On this little island, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a great company. Firstly, this is where Luca Guadagnino, a gay Italian filmmaker, decided to set his iconic Tilda Swinton film. And secondly, this is where Giorgio Armani has his vacation home, so legends all around! The Strait of Sicily has some work to do when it comes to gay culture, but it has certainly improved in the last few years alone.
There you have it—five destinations in the Mediterranean that will satisfy every gay’s travel hunger and make them feel safe and welcome. Are you ready to do some booking, packing and vacationing?