Spain’s Costa del Sol is Really Gay Friendly

Published Date Author: , December 17th, 2011

It is something Americans do not hear often in Europe. I was taking photos of the bustling street scene outside the gay bars and nightclubs in Torremolinos, on Spain’s famed Costa del Sol.

Two young Spanish men approached and asked me why I was taking pictures. I explained that I was a journalist from San Francisco and was writing an article on gay travel to Costa del Sol. “San Francisco, California, USA?” one of the guys asked. “Si,” I answered. They responded by cheering U-S-A, U-S-A, over and over again in the plaza until it was getting a little embarrassing.

If you are like most people from the USA, you probably have never heard of Torremolinos, but it is one of the gayest vacation towns in the world. With more than three-dozen gay bars and nightclubs, the city boasts that it has the most gay venues of any Spanish city outside of Madrid or Barcelona. Torremolinos is the only gay resort town in Europe close to a major airport, making it very easy to get away without driving for hours. The Malaga airport is just 10 minutes away from the heart of Torremolinos. Madrid is just 2.5 hours away on high-speed rail.

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