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.
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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.
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!
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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 Amsterdam. B&B Flores & Puck is great lesbian-owned accommodation in Amsterdam.
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.
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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 Manchester: 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. Stay at this community-owned hotel in Manchester.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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