Gay Costa del Sol, Spain – Gay Star News

Author: , August 14th, 2017

Costa del Sol

If you’re looking for a destination that delivers some quality beach time and great weather, then it’s hard to beat Spain’s Costa del Sol.

The term Costa del Sol refers to the stretch of coastline surrounding the city of Malaga – this region is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.

The weather and the beaches are the key attractions, and there’s been extensive development along the coastline to cater for the influx of international tourism.

Beyond the coast, is the Andalucia territory. Much of the iconic symbols of Spanish culture can be found in Andalucia – the bullfights, the flamenco, the sherry, and the remnants of the rule of the Moors. You can easily spend days exploring the small villages nestled within the hills – all accessible from the coast.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

Andalucia Gay Travel Resources

Beach Escape to the Costa del Sol

Author: , April 29th, 2016

Costa del Sol

If you are looking for a destination that delivers some quality beach time and great weather, then it’s hard to beat Spain’s Costa del Sol.

The term Costa del Sol refers to the stretch of coastline surrounding the city of Malaga – this region is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.

The weather and the beaches are the key attractions, and there has been extensive development along the coastline to cater for the influx of international tourism.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

Andalusia Gay Travel Resources

Gay Friendly Costa del Sol

Author: , January 3rd, 2012

For a long, long time, Spain’s gorgeous Costa del Sol, or “Sun Coast,” was very, very quiet. Except for that business of the Spanish Reconquista pushing out the Moors in the late 1400s, this near-perfect locale changed little for more than a thousand years, its utterly tranquil Mediterranean coastline peppered only with tiny fishing villages, and nary a gay bar to be found.

Then came the 1950s, and the secret of the Costa del Sol got out to the world, in a big, big way. The mid-Andalusian coastline began to lure Northern European types, weary of their long, dark winters and eager to bask in the region’s ever-present sunshine. First came the super-rich and famous (think Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Laurence Olivier), after Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg opened the aristocratic Marbella Club in 1954. The demi-rich and B celebs followed, and gradually the masses–as is their wont–caught wind of the fun and sun, subsequently descending in droves. Through it all, the gays came too, establishing their beachhead at Torremolinos in the 1960s and 70s.

Unfortunately, the switch from sleepy-fishing-village-dotted seashore to frolicksome touristic playground proved too rapid for the area to bear seamlessly. Unsavory types like on-the-lam Brits, the Russian mob, and Arab arms traffickers crept in, earning the region the unwelcome nickname Costa del Crime in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Unsavory Marbella politicians meanwhile took advantage of the instability, pushing through scores of corrupt construction projects before being stopped and ultimately jailed.

Full Story from Passport Magazine

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Spain’s Costa del Sol is Really Gay Friendly

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.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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