Freedom, privacy and seclusion, this is what villa holidays are all about. Your home from home is where your personal space is just that - personal, private and all yours. So if you’re seeking somewhere to relax and really be yourself, there’s a tranquil villa with your name on it. This is your own little slice of paradise! From our hilltop hideaways to beachfront retreats oozing seaside serenity, it’s time to find the villa of your dreams.
Planning your perfect getaway all starts with finding a destination that you just know you’ll love! Somewhere that gives you a real rush of excitement as you start picking out everything you’ll see and do. And this is no different for LGBT holidaymakers. There might just be a few extra considerations and cultural sensitivities to take into account, before you pick the destination for your next adventure.
Once your heart’s set on that somewhere special, it’s all about finding the perfect home from home. But maybe you’re a villa virgin? A whole new way of holidaying awaits behind our villa doors! So maybe it’s time you took the plunge into your very own private pool? You’re no longer in the firing line for cannonball practice! And the mad dash to place your towel on a sunlounger is a distant memory - a nightmare from holidays past. Booking your very own villa means that you rule the pool.
You’ll also become the master of mealtimes, with no set schedules to dictate how your day is spent. After all, there’s nothing worse than lazy mornings being cut short by the rush to grab breakfast before it’s over! Your villa kitchen will be there waiting whenever you want to cook up a storm. And with outdoor dining tables and your very own barbecue you might opt for al fresco feasts, fresh from the grill.
With so much choice when it comes to holiday destinations, perhaps an amazing LGBT event could be the deciding factor. Maybe Gran Canaria’s Drag Queen Gala and high heel races mean that it pips another LGBT friendly destination to the post? Planning your getaway around one of the pride marches or festivals can add so much to your experience. This is the perfect chance to mix with locals and like-minded holidaymakers. And with so much entertainment, from street parties to waterpark takeovers, what’s not to like?
Dating back hundreds of years, Las Palmas' carnival comes packed with plenty of heritage and tradition. This is an all singing, all dancing celebration of costume and colour – guaranteed to brighten up your holiday. Constantly evolving, there's been plenty of new additions over the years. 1998 saw the carnival's first Drag Queen Gala and today you'll find that this has become one of the festival's biggest draws.
Party in the city where the heat is on at Miami Beach Pride. Parades, parties and pageants along South Beach and beyond fill this weeklong event. Attracting huge numbers of party-goers, it turns into one big LGBT celebration full of glitter and fireworks – and it's only a two and a half hour drive from our Gulf Coast villas. Day events to night events, there's plenty to celebrate! Or if you want to just soak up the atmosphere, you can watch the parade for free or find a street party before heading back to the privacy of your villa.
May in Maspalomas sees crowds hitting the streets in their thousands, in celebration of Gay Pride. There's plenty of fun to be had with events spread across the full 10 days of this festival. Whether that means heading out on the open ocean with a boat tour, or feeling the fun at a pool party – there's something for all here. With winter and summer celebrations of diversity, Gran Canaria really stakes its claim as a top gay friendly destination.
A relatively new addition to the calendar of Pride events, May sees a march through the streets of Nicosia. With speeches, dancing, food and entertainment, it's jam-packed with activities for the LGBT community. You're likely to find many more events taking place around Cyprus Pride, including a pre-parade party – so keep an eye out if you're travelling in May.
A four day celebration of diversity comes to the streets of Ibiza each June. Prepare for events, concerts and the Grand Parade that closes the festival. Ibiza's Pride march through the streets of the Old Town is a large splash of colour, with costumes, drag queens and so much more.
Prepare yourself for a huge parade through Barcelona, with floats, musicians and performers making for a memorable event. There's plenty of unique events that really make Barcelona Pride stand out too. The high heel race and Miss Drag Gala add a real element of fun to the festivities. You'll also find entertainment for children, so this is a festival that your whole family can enjoy.
10 days full of fun and games, Circuit Festival offers plenty of events to attend. The highlight has to be when the festival takes over the nearby waterpark! Head to Illa Fantasia for a whole day of music, entertainment and all that splashy enjoyment you'd expect to find.
Thousands will take to the streets of Valletta in September, marching in Malta's magnificent parade that celebrates the LGBT community. If you love street parties, it's the festivities following the parade that will really pique your interest. Floats, street performers, dancers and local entertainers put on an incredible show, so be sure not to miss it.
A fairly new addition to the Pride calendar could be taking you to the exotic island of Madeira! Raising awareness of LGBT rights and issues and bringing the community together, this is a wonderful event. With marchers meeting in the iconic Praca do Municipio square, it's worth arriving early to grab a proper glimpse of the historic city hall building. The parade through the streets take you to the Funchal Municipal Garden Auditorium, where speeches are followed by drag acts, comedians, musicians and more.
A week of winter fun awaits, basking in the year-round sun of glorious Gran Canaria. Kicking off with a number of festivities and nightclub events, you'll be well in the party spirit when the main events begin. The Gay Boat Cruise gets you out on the sea with the LGBT community, while the Wet and White Party is as wild a pool parties gets! Dances, marches and foam parties give you even more chances for fun, while performances from international artists are just the icing on the cake.
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