Gay travel websites often advertise cities as gay-friendly, which is a great way to find a great lesbian holiday destinations as well.
But we all know gay travel isn’t quite the same as lesbian travel.
A lot of cities have a vibrant gay nightlife and a nearly non-existent lesbian nightlife.
That doesn’t have to mean that you can’t have a great lesbian holiday!
In this article, we list some of the very best lesbian travel destinations in Europe.
Madrid - Spain
World Pride Host 2017 is on top of our LGBT-friendly cities list. But the Spanish capital is gay-friendly year round.
The Chueca Barrio is where most gay bars, restaurants, and clubs are located.
Madrid has lesbian and feminist bookstores and there even is an adult toy store that is female oriented.
In addition to mostly gay Chueca, the Bohemian Lavapiès offers more female-oriented activities in lesbian Madrid.
Check out this article on lesbian bars in Madrid.
Hostal Puerta Del Sol is a great LGBT-owned hostel in the center of Madrid.
There is also a feminist bookstore in Madrid, called Libreria Mujeres.
To find out more about lesbian Madrid, read this guide on being a lesbian in the capital of Spain and more in particular, about the Lavapies area.
Lesbian friendly accommodation in Madrid
These are the most budget-friendly places in Madrid:
- Hostal Puerta Del Sol is an LGBT-owned hostel in the city center of Madrid.
- Hostal Pizarro is also an LGBT-friendly hostel, which welcomes all LGBT travelers.
- Hostal Colors is another LGBT-friendly accommodation in the city center of Madrid.
Dear Hotel is a newer hotel, but it has a lot to offer. Enjoy the sunset view from the rooftop pool and lounge area.
Hotel Sidorme Fuencarral 52 is a hotel that recently opened in a renovated building in the city center. This hotel has serene and beautiful rooms!
The Petit Palace Chueca is located in the middle of the Pride action and is also LGBT-friendly.
Berlin - Germany
One of the most gay-friendly cities in Europe is Berlin. It’s also a great lesbian travel destination in Europe.
The hipster city attracts thousands of gays travelers each year to attend different gay events.
Berlin Pride lasts two full weeks and is an LGBT traveler favourite.
As Berlin is a super LGBTQ-friendly city, we recommend taking an LGBT tour like these:
- Gay Berlin Tour: explore Berlin’s oldest gay neighbourhood Schöneberg
- Queer Berlin Walking Tour: 4-hour tour to discover queer Berlin
Read more about gay Berlin here!
Lesbian-friendly accommodation in Berlin
Berlin is literally bulking with LGBT-friendly hotels and accommodation.
Hotel Berlin is a part of the Pink Pillow Berlin Collection. It looks stylish and cool!
The Vienna House Easy is another beautiful hotel in the Pink Pillow Berlin Collection.
Hotel Sachsenhof is a travelers favourite, queer or not. This place also welcomes pets!
We usually enjoy NH Hotels a lot, so the NH Berlin Kurfürstendamm Hotel definitely belongs in our recommendation list!
Make sure to check out the Pink Pillow Berlin Collection if you’re looking for more recommendations!
Amsterdam - The Netherlands
Most travel guides label the city of Amsterdam with words that make Google’s ears whistle.
Doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight, Amsterdam offers a lot of adult-rated activities for everyone.
The yearly Gay Pride or Canal Pride is a little different than most Pride events. The Pride Parade is held with boats that float on the cozy Amsterdam canals.
The gay scene in Amsterdam is mostly mixed.
As for the lesbian party scene: Cafe ‘t Mandje is a popular lesbian bar in Amsterdam, which is more of a traditional and old school bar, but it has been around for a very long time and it is still one of the top lesbian cafes in Amsterdam. Cafe ‘t Mandje is not for women only, but it has a large female and lesbian clientele.
Three or four times a year, Garbo for women organizes an awesome lesbian party in Amsterdam.
Check out this 10-day itinerary for The Netherlands, which includes Amsterdam as well!
Lesbian-friendly accommodation in Amsterdam
First of all, we want to recommend this lesbian owned B&B in Amsterdam: Flores&Puck. It’s not a hotel, but a private rental.
Hotel Espresso is a more budget-friendly accommodation just outside the city center. It’s a beautiful and LGBT-friendly hotel.
Stockholm - Sweden
The lesbian scene in Stockholm is thriving. There isn’t really a gay neighbourhood and queer bars, restaurants and clubs are scattered over town.
The 2018 EuroPride was held in Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Bitter Pills is a lesbian-owned LGBT bar in Stockholm and they regularly organize LGBT parties.
The best time to visit Stockholm for queer parties is summer since a lot of open-air parties and the Pride Parade are organized in the summertime.
Club Moxy is the most popular lesbian bar in Stockholm and they have their own Pride Party for women as well as other events throughout the year.
An extra plus is the magical location of Stockholm and the abundance of nature close to the city.
Lesbian-friendly accommodation in Stockholm
All of Scandinavia is super LGBT-friendly, so you won’t have any trouble finding a great hotel that welcomes all.
Miss Clara by Nobis is a beautiful hotel in the center of Stockholm, which is very LGBT-friendly!
The Haymarket Hotel is another great option. This hotel has an awesome location and it’s set in a house from the 20’s.
Hotel Skeppsholmen is located by the water and offers great views over the city.
Langholmen Hotel is a very cool hotel that is set in an old prison.
Manchester - United Kingdom
Manchester is a well-known gay destination, as well as a lesbian holiday destination in Europe.
The original and legendary tv series “Queer as Folk” was filmed in Manchester.
The city counts a lot of gay facilities and lesbian parties.
One very popular lesbian club in Manchester is the Vanilla Club.
The queer village in Manchester is located on Canal Street, where you can find a lot of lesbian bars and LGBT clubs.
In the UK, London is also a popular lesbian holiday destination.
Lesbian-friendly accommodation in Manchester
Ready to spend some money? The Velvet Hotel Manchester is a luxurious and stylish hotel in Canal Street in Manchester.
ABode Manchester is set inside a historic building, which looks really cool and prices are reasonable.
REM Hotel is a very budget-friendly hotel near Canal Street. It doesn’t get the highest rates on Booking, but it is cheap though. In the hotel bar, you can regularly attend drag shows and comedy shows.
Looking to stay budget-friendly and still stylish? Try the YHA hostel, which is probably the best hostel in Manchester.
Copenhagen - Denmark
Denmark has always been a gay-friendly destination and it’s also a top lesbian holiday destination.
The Scandinavian open attitude towards homosexuality can be witnessed in LGBT-friendly Copenhagen. With a wide variety of LGBT bars, clubs and restaurants, Copenhagen has something to offer for everyone.
Lesbian-friendly accommodation in Copenhagen
Denmark is extremely LGBT-friendly, just like the other Scandinavian countries, so each hotel you decide to stay in, is a great choice.
These are the LGBT-friendly hotels in Copenhagen we recommend.
Park Inn Hotel by Radisson is pretty close to the airport, but it’s still just 15 minutes away from the city center.
As Denmark can be a pricy destination, you might be interested in the cool Generator hostel, which is a budget-friendly and LGBT-friendly option.
Malmö - Sweden
Across the water from Copenhagen, you can find Malmö, it’s easy to combine both of these top lesbian cities in one Nordic trip.
Malmö is the third biggest city in Sweden and it’s a real queer hotspot.
Lesbian breakfast is the next big thing in Sweden and you can do it in Malmö on Sunday mornings with Lesbisk Frukost. But on other days, you can always have you breakfast or any other meal at the BeeBar, a straight-friendly kitchen and bar.
Check out this lesbian guide to Malmö for more information on lesbian bars and activities.
Lesbian-friendly accommodation in Malmö
Malmö is just as LGBT-friendly as every other city or town in Sweden. So you can rest assured that you won’t run into any trouble as a lesbian or gay couple.
Still looking for a more budget-friendly option? Try the STF Malmö City Hostel and Hotel.
Athens - Greece
Athens has been a lesbian holiday destination for ages and a lot of lesbian bars and clubs can be found in this ancient city.
Even though the gay places still outnumber the lesbian options, there are quite a few lesbian bars to be found.
The Greek Lesbian Webpage offers a lot of information on the subject.
Noiz Club is the most popular lesbian bar in Athens.
To make your lesbian Greek holiday complete, join an LGBT tour in Athens!
- LGBT nightlife tour: discover the LGBT nightlife in Athens during this 3-hour private tour
- LGBT Scene tour: 3-hour tour through the vibrint LGBT nightlife in Athens
The Greek pride is also organized in Athens each year.
Lesbian-friendly accommodation in Athens
Athens has quite a few LGBT-friendly hotels and lesbian-friendly hotels to offer.
First of all Hotel Fresh is located near the city center and it has a rooftop pool.
Did you know you can also visit the Temple of Poseidon on a day trip from Athens?
Conclusion - Lesbian Cities in Europe
As you can see, some destinations definitely qualify as lesbian cities in Europe.
Did you find another great lesbian city or do you live in an LGBT-friendly city in Europe? Let us know so we can add it to our list of lesbian cities in Europe!