There’s a vibrant local gay and lesbian crowd in Barcelona, not to mention the lure of nearby Sitges, mainland Spain’s biggest gay resort. There’s a particular concentration of bars, restaurants and clubs in the so-called Gaixample, the “Gay Eixample”, an area of a few square blocks just northwest of the main university in the Eixample. The biggest event of the year is Carnival in Sitges, while the main city bash is Barcelona’s annual LGBT Pride festival (wpridebarcelona.org), which has events running over ten days each June, from street parades to Tibidabo fun-fair parties.

There’s a lesbian and gay city telephone hotline on t900 601 601 (daily 6–10pm). Aside from the weekly bar and club listings in Guía del Ocio and Time Out Barcelona, there’s also a good free magazine called Nois (wwww.revistanois.com), which carries an up-to-date review of the scene. Single best English-language website is the excellent 60by80 (w60by80.com/Barcelona), which has its finger on the pulse of all things hot, from shopping to partying.

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