Barcelona – Spain

Barcelona is one of the most popular gay beach destinations in Europe. The 4 km stretch of golden sand in Barcelona can get very busy particularly on weekends and summer months. Mar Bella is clothing optional and the most popular beach with the gay crowd, during Circuit Festival you may struggle to find a spot.

Mar Bella beach provides food and drinks kiosks, restaurants, sun loungers, shower facilities, changing rooms and sporting activities.

waves on beach

Es Cavallet Beach – Ibiza – Spain

This clothing optional beach is a favourite with gay tourists and about 10 minutes drive from Ibiza town. Es Cavallet Beach is over 1 km long, picturesque, with white sand and turquoise waters. The Gay area is located on the south end of the beach next to Chiringay bar & restaurant, a popular meeting point for the LGBTQ community. Umbrella shades, sun loungers, snacks and drink are all provided in the area.

Elia Beach – Mykonos – Greece

Elia beach is located on the south side of the island and is located 10 km from Mykonos town. Golden sands and crystal clear waters make this a firm favourite gay beach destination in Europe. There are two Gay areas on this long beach, the rented part, and beyond the rocks the clothes optional area. Elia beach can get particularly busy during XLSIOR festival.

Maspalomas – Gran Canaria – Spain

This scenic beach is located next to hut No 7 beach bar. Golden sands and picturesque sand dunes make this a favourite with Gay travellers. The beach is clothing optional. Maspalomas can get very hot in the summer so be sure to take lots of sunblock and water. Umbrella shades, loungers, snack and drink are all provided in the area. There are toilets available also.

Beach No 19 – Lisbon – Portugal

Beach 19 is located just outside the small village of Caparica, about 30 km south of Lisbon. This is a very large beach and part of a nature reserve. The location offers pristine sand and beautiful natural surroundings. A beautiful place to watch the sunset. You’re able to get drinks from the neighbouring beach bar. Beach 19 is officially a nudist beach, but visitors have the option of wearing swim suits if they wish.

Sitges – Spain

Sitges golden coastline contains 3 gay beaches, 2 of which are clothing optional. The main beach, Bassa Rodona, is a thin strip closest to the Gay bars and clubs.  Playa De Las Balmins and Playa del Muerto are both mixed, clothes optional and on either side of town. Playa De Las Balmins is closer to the Town the centre whilst  Playa del Muerto is further out (approximately 5KM from the centre of Town) and very scenic.

Sitges is considered one of the main gay beach travel destination in Europe and can get very busy Mid June to Mid September. Sitges Pride in June and Bear pride in September are very popular. There are a high number of gay bars and clubs in the town, enough to rival any major LGBT+ city.

Sitges beach

Mako Beach – Gallipoli – Italy

Mako Beach has more of a chilled vibe compared to other beaches on this list. With Crystal clear waters and beautiful sunsets, it’s not hard to see why it’s a popular destination for the Gay community. The area has no official gay offerings, in terms of bars or restaurants, but the town is very gay-friendly. The beach is located about 2 km from Gallipoli town.

Torremolinos – Spain

Torremolinos offers miles of golden sandy beaches in the south of Spain. The main gay area is located in front of El Gato club and Eden beach club, both next door to each other. Sun loungers and shades are available to hire and there are plenty of food and drink options close by.  Torremolinos is falling back in favour with gay travellers after investment has improved the look of the town and the beaches, which are now amongst the liveliest in Spain.

Brighton – United Kingdom

Brighton is known as the gay capital of the UK, the beach is mostly shingle so be sure to protect your feet and bring a mat. The naturist beach is busiest amongst gay sunbathers and is located near Brighton Marina. There’s no shortage of food and drink options in the town and activities along the beach. Brighton pride is the busiest time to visit and has become even more popular due to its headlining acts.

Brighton Beach

Montpellier – FRANCE

Montpellier offers a few gay beaches close by. Beach Grand Travers is just outside Montpellier and offers 3 km of soft white sand and shallow waters. The area is known for its natural beauty and sand dunes. Villeneuve Les Maguelone is a nudist beach approximately 10 km from the city and also popular with the gay community.