Europe’s Five Best Gay Scenes

Author: , October 7th, 2013

Europe mapIt’s totally fabulous to explore different gay scenes when traveling. You can dance the night away to some truly camp-tastic tunes, or cruise the darkrooms for Mr Right Now. Perhaps you want to enjoy feathers and frills at a drag queen cabaret show? We’ve looked at some of the best gay hotspots in Europe to suit everyone’s needs.

Benidorm, Spain

The Benidorm gay village can be found in the Old Town area of this popular Spanish holiday resort. The gay part of Benidorm’s Levante beach sits in front of the Don Cesar cafe, and is a great place to tan before a night out with your best pals. 7th Heaven has been a popular gay bar for years and has an excellent reputation for making tourists and locals feel welcome.

This is a fab bar for an early drink, and the relaxed atmosphere is ideal for meeting new people. Cabaret lovers will enjoy a night at Mardi Gras, with top performances from Miss Stella Artois, plus an excellent Cher tribute act. Younger LGBT crowds can be found at the Mercury nightclub, which is famous for its pumping dance music and buzzing atmosphere. This club is for real party animals only, as the doors don’t even open until after midnight.

Authored By Matthew Payne – See the Full Story at GayWebSource

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What to Do in Amsterdam During Your Layover

Author: , August 7th, 2013

Netherlands HouseboatAs the fourth busiest airport in Europe, you might find yourself with some time to kill at Amsterdam Schiphol. This is one of the world’s more flier-friendly airports, designed for leisure and relaxation. But don’t totally dismiss the opportunity to spend a few hours strolling along Amsterdam’s picturesque canals. The efficient Dutch train system will put you in the city center in about 20 minutes.

Getting into Amsterdam

There’s a train station located just below the passenger terminal at Schiphol. Trains into the city operate every 10 minutes and cost just [euro]3.60 (about $4.75) each way. If you have change, you can purchase tickets at the machines, or you can pay with a card at the ticket counter. The airport is about 13 miles from the Amsterdam Central station, where the train drops you off.

Authored By Jessica Colley – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel

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Amsterdam Celebrates Gay Pride 2013

Author: , August 7th, 2013

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Rainbow flags are flying from scores of Amsterdam buildings as tens of thousands of festival-goers, many dressed in pink or wearing studded leather, party it up at one of the city’s biggest events: the annual Gay Pride celebration.

The Aug. 3 festivities center on a colorful boat flotilla sailing through the city’s ancient canals, each with its own theme, pumping out dance music.

Notable floats this year included a boat organized by the Netherlands’ soccer association. Former soccer greats, including striker Patrick Kluivert and defender Ronald de Boer, rode along, together with national team coach Louis van Gaal.

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Visiting Gay Amsterdam

Author: , May 25th, 2013
by Theo, Hotel the Golden Bear, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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There are many reasons to visit Amsterdam this year. The Stedelijk, the city’s design and contemporary art museum finally reopened at the end of September with a new, sleek bathtub-like extension, and the Rijksmuseum reopened in April with much fanfare after a complete redo by the Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz.

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The Van Gogh Museum reopened in April, after a much shorter renovation. The city will also be celebrating 400 years since the building of its iconic canal ring and the 125th birthday of the Concertgebouw, the city’s concert hall, which will feature performances by Eva-Maria Westbroek and Bernard Haitink among others.

That is why Tripadvisor placed the city in the top-3 to visit, and so did the NewYork Times.

And moreover, Queen Beatrix abdicated on April 30 and the new king Willem Alexander was inaugurated that day. As of 2014 Kingsday will be celebrated on April 27.

More information about Amsterdam can be found on IAmsterdam (http://www.iamsterdam.com) and for gay-lesbian info visit GayAMsterdam (http://www.gayamsterdam.com).

Hotel the Golden Bear - AmsterdamLooking for a place to stay? Well, look no further and stay in Hotel The Golden Bear. Not only for bears, every gay, lesbian and straightfriendly is very welcome. The hotel is located in the middle of the canal area (now an Unesco World Heritage site) in two buildings backdating to 1737 and all museums, shops, bars and other places worthwhile to visit (like e.g. Club Church, opposite the hotel) are around the corner or just a short stroll away.

Excellent public transport possibilities. The hotel feels like a home away from home and is also an excellent place to meet new friends during breakfasttime. I almost forgot to mention Gaypride (first weekend of August), THE gay happening of the year.

Amsterdam: Gay Pride Coming in Late July

Author: , April 17th, 2013

amsterdam-gay-prideDescribed last year by news organisation CNN as one of ‘the best picks around the world for celebrating Pride’, Amsterdam Gay Pride is one of those events that seems to embody the spirit and character of its iconic location.

Still the only Gay Pride parade on Earth to take place on the water, this event is, for many Amsterdammers – and increasingly for visitors in the know – the highlight of the summer’s cultural agenda in a city that knows how to party and has much to celebrate. For revellers of all stripes, the parade and the host of other Amsterdam Gay Pride events represent the perfect opportunity to explore and delight in a city that’s treasured internationally for its unique spirit of tolerance and diversity.

Amsterdam Gay Pride 2013: A Bigger Splash!

One of the very biggest public events in the Netherlands, the 18th edition of Amsterdam Gay Pride has a special significance – happening, as it does, in an auspicious landmark year for the city. 2013 is the year that the city of Amsterdam celebrates the 400th anniversary of its magnificent canal network, with a host of exhibitions and ceremonies commemorating the importance of these waterways for Amsterdam’s place in the world. Of course, Amsterdam Gay Pride culminates in the celebratory Canal Pride parade, whereby organisations and partygoers take to the stately Prinsengracht canal for one jubilant afternoon. What better way to enjoy the waters that have connected Amsterdam with the world?

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Amsterdam’s Fetish Pride 2013 Coming in May

Author: , April 5th, 2013

Leather FlagLike your romance with a little leather and a whip? Love old Europe? Here’s the event for you – Amsterdam’s Fetish Pride, coming May 9th. Gay Web Source reports:

For over half a century Amsterdam has been known as the Gay Capital. It’s the biggest, safest and cruisiest meeting place for gay men all over the world, especially men into leather and fetish. Already famous for it’s Gay Pride and Leather Pride, the city sees a brand new fetish community event with Amsterdam Fetish Pride this year celebrating fetish life out and proud.

See the Fetish Pride website here.

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