Lesbian cities in Europe – Lesbian travel Europe

Lesbian cities in Europe – Lesbian travel Europe

Gay travel websites often advertise cities as gay-friendly, which is a great way to find a good lesbian holiday destination 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. The Belgian capital Brussels is a great example of that. It has dozens of gay bars and no lesbian bars. Keep reading to find out which are the best lesbian cities in Europe. We started this lesbian blog because it can be difficult to find information about lesbian travel.

Lesbian Destinations in Europe - Top Lesbian Cities in Europe
Madrid - Top Lesbian Destination

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Lesbian Madrid – Spain – Lesbian cities in Europe

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.

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Berlin - Top Lesbian Destination

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Berlin – Germany – Lesbian-friendly holiday destinations

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 favorite. The Berlin lesbian community is quite large and spread over the entire city. If you’re looking for a great lesbian party in Berlin, check out the monthly L-Tunes and Girls Town party dates. As for LGBT-friendly accommodation in Berlin, most gay-friendly hotels are for men only. But Airbnb also has thousands of listings in Berlin. If you sign up for Airbnb with our link, you’ll get a discount on your first booking and we’ll get a discount too. Read more about gay Berlin here!

Amsterdam - Top Lesbian Destination

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Amsterdam – The Netherlands – Lesbian cities in Europe

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 and floats 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 AmsterdamB&B Flores & Puck is great lesbian-owned accommodation in Amsterdam.

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Stockholm - Top Lesbian Destination

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Stockholm – Sweden – lesbian holiday destination in Europe

The lesbian scene in Stockholm is thriving. There isn’t really a gay neighborhood and queer bars, restaurants and clubs are scattered over town. The 2018 EuroPride was held 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. Langholmen Hotell is a very cool hotel that is set in an old prison.

Manchester - Top Lesbian Destination

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Manchester – United Kingdom – Top lesbian cities in Europe

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 the popular lesbian club in ManchesterVanilla 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. Stay at this community-owned hotel in Manchester.

Copenhagen - Top Lesbian Destination

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Copenhagen – Denmark – Lesbian Cities in Europe

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. You can even book an LGBT historical walking tour in Copenhagen. Recommendation for lesbian travelers: Vela Club is a bar for women in Copenhagen.

MALMÖ - Lesbian Cities in Europe

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Malmö – Sweden – Lesbian holiday destinations in Europe

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. Check out this lesbian guide to Malmö for more information on lesbian bars and activities. Malmö has a lot of great Airbnb listings. If you sign up for Airbnb with this link, you’ll get a discount on your first booking.

Athens - Top Lesbian Destination

Athens – Greece – Lesbian Cities in Europe

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, Destination Damselfly offers lesbian-oriented tours and holiday packages. The Greek pride is also organized in Athens each year.

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Lesbian cities in Europe - Lesbian holiday destination Europe - Best Lesbian cities in Europe - Only Once Today
Lesbian cities in Europe - Lesbian holiday destination Europe - Best Lesbian cities in Europe - Only Once Today
Lesbian cities in Europe - Lesbian holiday destination Europe - Best Lesbian cities in Europe - Only Once Today

Lesbian Cities in Europe

As you can see, some destinations definitely qualify as lesbian cities in Europe. Found another great lesbian city? Let us know so we can add it to our list of lesbian cities in Europe!

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My name is Inge. I'm a traveler, writer and photographer. All those things I want to share with you. I've traveled a lot and wish to explore some more unknown territory.

22 Comments

  1. Dinah

    Great suggestions, I was just surprized not to see Barcelona on the list, it has a girly circuit and everything!

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    • Inge

      Thanks for your comment! I’ll check that! Definitely love Barcelona 😉

      Reply
  2. 2traveldads

    I love that you call out that men and women do experience destinations differently; you’re totally right. Gay men have it easy when finding a “gay friendly” spot to visit. Women do really have it harder in almost every facet of life, even picking travel. But, um, lesbian breakfast? Is that the answer to to totally rampant gay brunch? It’s brilliant and needs to catch on everywhere.

    FYI, Seattle’s a great spot for EVERYONE all the time! We’re blessed to live in such a great spot.

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    • Inge

      Right! There are gay bars and hotels everywhere. It’s difficult to find places for women… Seattle, must remember that 😉 Thanks!

      Reply
  3. Ella

    Yes, finally! Every time I try to research destinations that are great for lesbians, I only seem to find destinations that are great for gay guys. I love that you created this list and now I can focus my search! 🙂

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    • Inge

      It’s so annoying to only find gay guides! So true! We’ll try to fill the gap a little for lesbian women! I’m glad you liked the post! 🙂

      Reply
  4. Jessivankat

    So interesting.. I should ask my Belgian lesbian friends where they like to go here.. Did you come to Antwerp? But I agree it is much more gay friendly than lesbian friendly.. So cool to know how manchester and copenhagen are so open. great post

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    • Inge

      There are a few lesbian parties in Belgium. But if you’re coming to Belgium on a city-trip, you should have to check the dates of the parties first. There aren’t really any places where you can go to a lesbian bar each weekend. Although I’ve heard a new bar just opened in Antwerp, so we should check that out and write about it soon! PS. We will be at the Antwerp Pride in August 🙂

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      • Jessivankat

        So cool! I think I will go with friends too, might see you there!

  5. snowtoseas

    Really interesting post! Good to see that Stockholm and Malmö made the list! I live in Sweden 🙂

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    • Inge

      Yes! 😀 Sweden is a beautiful country!

      Reply
  6. Laura Harris

    Nice list! Not surprised to see Madrid there and I’ve also heard good things about Malmö. I’ve only been to Manchester once on a business trip but really liked walking through the gay village next to the river with the rainbow flags everywhere 🙂

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  7. The Compass Is Calling

    Great roundup of destinations! It’s interesting that you point out gay vs. lesbian and the different experiences each have – I had never thought about that but I am sure it’s true. Great resource, thank you for putting it together!

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    • Inge

      Thanks! I’m glad you like it! There is a very big difference between both and unfortunately there is a huge gap in information for lesbians… But we’re working on that 😀

      Reply
  8. Susanna

    Munich used to be one of those cities that had men’s only gay bars, but it’s been great to see events specifically for lesbians popping up all over the place. Great list of some amazing and welcoming cities!

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    • Inge

      Yes! And we hope to discover much more events for lesbians in the near future! 🙂 I guess I need to check out Munich too!

      Reply
  9. Magpie

    We just got back from Berlin, Prague, Brussels, and Amsterdam and had the hardest time trying to find lesbian friendly spots. We stayed in a gay area in Berlin, and all the clubs had “Men Only” stickers on the doors. It was so upsetting to feel shut out even in a glbtq area of a large city. So disappointed in the queer community globally.

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    • Inge

      It’s very difficult to find lesbian places. It seems a lot of LGBT places are men-only… 😢 but we will be doing more research and try to find all the lesbian spots!

      Reply
  10. ELLA Festival

    Hi Inge!

    Thanks so much for this very informative list! You should check out Mallorca as well, we organise there since 6 years the ELLA International Lesbian Festival held twice a year and the local government has been very supportive to promote Lesbian Visibility!

    In any case we love the blog and highly support your work, thanks a lot!

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    • Inge

      Thanks! We already noticed Mallorca! Keep an eye on our upcoming posts. We’ll be listing new destinations soon! Ella Festival sounds like an amazing event 😉

      Reply
  11. Tiffany Jackson

    Hi, Can anyone recommend a safe place to travel to in Euro for single black/mixed woman looking to swirl around end of April this year??
    Thanks

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  12. Megg Capelo

    Hi Inge! Thank you for your list… Would you like to know the lesbian side of Lisbon? Please, try it… I live here and it’s totally safe… Thanks a lot.

    Reply

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