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If you had to pick just one continent for gay travel, Europe has to be the number one answer. It has so much to offer including some of the most gay friendly, progressive and welcoming cities and countries in the world. Some countries in Europe, such as Spain and Sweden, go beyond simple acceptance or tolerance.
By Andrew Collins. Although urban destinations tend to be most popular with gay travelers because of their rich cultural offerings, vibrant nightlife districts, and chic shopping and dining, a number of the world's most gay-popular cities also enjoy picturesque settings on the water. From megacities with skyscrapers on the ocean to relatively smaller destinations on tranquil bays and lakes, here's a rundown of the world's 20 best gay urban beach destinations populationor greater.
Here is our top Obviously not everyone who's gay loves to travel, and not every traveler is gay. At least until live and let live becomes the worldwide standard for human behavior.
And just like every other type of traveler, we travel for our own personal reasons. I travel because I love to travel, and I just happen to be gay. Sometimes my sexuality also influences the how, why, and where I choose to visit a place.
Islands like Mykonos and Lesbos have long been top gay destinations for some fun in the sun among gays and lesbians. But gay travelers no longer have to escape to island paradises to have a gay old time. Cities are now the favorite places to go, with so many of them having predominantly gay neighborhoods offering urban pleasures, gay hotels and nightlife, all profiting from "pink money.
Denmark may be the home of Lego and at the forefront of New Nordic Cuisine, but importantly it made history in by becoming the first nation in the world to recognise registered same-sex partnerships. And at Denmark's heart is the relaxed beauty of its compact cobblestoned capital, Copenhagen. Copenhagen is home to Europe's oldest openly gay bar, Centralhjornet, whose origins date back to the s; as well as the hip and super-cool district of Vesterbro, which also happens to be the city's red-light district. One of the most tolerant and open communities in Europe, Copenhagen's functional yet edgy fashion scene, brilliant array of cocktail bars, excellent range of gay-friendly boutique accommodation and packed calendar of queer events make it the gay-friendliest place on Earth.
Related: Best Gay Honeymoon Destinations. That atmosphere helped New Orleans take the crown or tiara? This year, we added gay-friendly travel, and while cities with an obvious connection to the gay rights movement—such as San Francisco and New York —ranked near the top, so did some less obvious places that have clearly made a point to welcome the LGBT community.
Looking for the most gay-friendly cities to visit on your next trip? We asked the top LGBT travel bloggers from around to world to recommend the cities and destinations they really love. And with so many amazing Pride festivals taking place this summer, now is the perfect time to travel and connect with like-minded adventurers.