This page is a guide to Benidorm’s gay scene giving you the reasons why you should visit Benidorm.
Whether you are gay or not, Benidorm is a really fun beach resort to visit as it has lots of free entertainment in the form of many live bands, comedians, tribute bands and cabaret shows – most of these shows are free to see.
The atmosphere is of a party. People are here to have a good time not fight.
Benidorm has over 5km of great sandy beaches the best of which are the wide and long beautiful blue flag beaches at Playa Levante and Playa Poniente which is packed full of shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs.
Mal Pas Beach on the Pòniente side of the Old Town is also a popular with the gay community.
Apart from sunbathing during the day there are five theme parks and many leisure activites to enjoy. You can always ‘escape’ Benidorm and enjoy some quieter Spanish towns which remain relatively unspoilt. A trip inland to the castle at Guadalest is one of the Costa Blanca’s most popular excursions.
Having covered the attractions of Benidorm above we do have to add that if you are gay then Benidorm has the added advantages of being a distinct gay destination having an area which is known as a gay area full of bars and pubs where you can truly relax knowing you are amongst like-minded people.
The Benidorm gay secene definitely caters more for men than women so you won’t find many lesbian bars and the men are often older males as opposed to a resort like Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria, Spain which is much younger.
There is even a gay pride celebration held annually proving that Benidorm welcomes both homosexual and lesbian visitors and tourists.
Benidorm also is known to be the party capital of the Costa Blanca with abounding with bars, dicos, pubs, clubs and nightclubs. The KM Disco, Penelope Beach Club and Bar, KU Dance Club are three of the most popular nightclubs in Benidorm. Most of these clubs are on the Avenida Communitat Valencia – just five minutes by taxi out of the centre of Benidorm.
See our nightclub page for more details.
It is the in thing to do to catch a few shows featuring live acts, impersonators, bands, and comedians at the various bars while enjoying a few drinks and then later when the night clubs open, to party away until the next morning.
The Levante area of Benidorm is very British with groups of lads on stag weekends and ladies on their hen weekends. This area has the notorious English Square.
The reason we mention this in our gay Benidorm section is that in this area you will find many bars with tribute bands and acts which would also appeal greatly to gay people as many of the acts are pretty camp.
Tribute acts and bands include: Take That, Queen, Cher, Westlife, Robbie Williams, Michael Jackson, Girls Aloud and Meatloaf.
The most infamous show that Benidorm is renowned for is Sticky Vicky. The complete polar opposite of the classy Benidorm Palace show, Sticky Vicky is a lady who performs an adult magic show in various bars and clubs. Not for those who are easily shocked. The show is usually free of charge and the venue changes nightly.
Popular (straight) bars in the Levante area include: Western Saloon, Morgan Tavern, Chaplins, Stardust and Rockefellers.
One of the most essential nightlife activities is to go see a show at the famous Benidorm Palace. This is a popular show whether you are gay or straight, basically it is a cabaret show with dinner included, it involves lots of dancing and extravagant costumes.
Benidorm has long been known to be one of the most popular gay tourist destinations in Spain. To be fair, it is probably not as popular as Playa del Ingles on Gran Canaria or Sitges near Barcelona but it is more reasonably priced.
Gay-Friendly Hotels in Benidorm
The Queens Hotel is the best known gay friendly hotel with a popular bar in the front of the hotel with outside terrace. There are 36 en-suite rooms, most with balcony.
Example prices: 7 nights B&B from €210 per person
Telephone: +34 966 812 996
Address: Plaza Constitucion, Benidorm Old Town, 03501
Website: Queens Hotel
Try these other hotels in the Old town area: the Avenida Hotel is a good four star hotel or the Myana Hotel which is a good two star hotel, the Bristol Park Hotel has three stars, Canfali Hotel has two stars.
Gay-Friendly Apartments in Benidorm
On the apartment front there are gay friendly apartments for rent at Apartments Avenida, Don Cesar Apartments Studios Benidorm or Milords Suites Apartments.
These apartments are located near to the gay village area of Benidorm.
Bars and Clubs
The Don Cesar is a good place to meet for coffee located at the end of Levante Beach near the old town is also known to be a popular place to meet new friends, the Café Bar Refuel is another popular place to socialise.
Mercury Gay Disco Bar is a dedicated nightclub to the gay scene in Benidorm. Opening up at 2 am the club is open until late and has several dark rooms upstairs.
The Company Bar is a gay bar but straight-friendly.
Incognito is another nightclub worth a visit.
Other good gay bars in Benidorm include Queens.
Bears’ Bar is as it is named a bar for Bears and is now located in Calle Santa Faz.
Caspers on Calle San Miguel is a small intimate and very popular bar.
Be sure to see the infamous Rich Bitch show on Calle Del Pal, 4. make sure you book tickets in advance and expect a mixed audience for this drag comedy show.
From: Jan Dammers
Business Name: Bar Mystique
Calle San Vincent, 17, Bajo
Gay / Mix bar in old town of Benidorm
Music on request with video
Nice free shots and snacks
Bar Mystique is a cozy gay bar (women welcome) in the Old Town of Benidorm.
Bar Mystique look like a small disco, but still a bar. The hosts give you a warm welcome, nice music, tapas and serve only proper drinks.
During your visit you get also free shot of nice drink.
We play Music on request “You say it, we play it”, after midnight we prever more Dance and Disco music.
Address: Tomas Ortuno 46, Benidorm Old Town, 03501, Spain
Telephone: +34 966 805 091
Rated as more popular than Splash Sauna this is a great place to meet have fun and then relax with a drink in the comfortable bar area afterwards. It is friendly, safe and not at all sleazy. You know what you are going to get when you go here.
Address: Edificio Narcea Avenida Venezuela 4 Benidorm
Telephone: +34 965857958
Benidorm Gay Pride 2018
The local ALGTB (Association for Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals) organise this event in association with the Mayor of Benidorm and local gay businesses.
This event will be held each year to promote Benidorm as one of the leading European gay destinations and resorts.
The most famous resort in Spain has confirmed BENIDORM PRIDE 2018 will take place from September 3rd to 9th with the BIG PARADE on Saturday the 8th. This is only the 8th big pride outing for the high octane resort and is set to be the biggest and most WOW FACTOR event on the Costa Blanca coast in 2018!
With a week-long series of flamboyant events leading up to the Playa Levante big parade and main stage open air party, visitors can expect an exciting week in the resort that truly never sleeps. The main attraction for visitors is the old town which is where you will find the pumping heart of the gay village still very much local and Spanish where we visitors can blend in and mix with our lovely hosts. Enjoy up to 30 hugely friendly but small and intimate gay bars and eateries all just a hop and a skip from each other. And when the sun is up head for one of the three golden beaches which wrap themselves around the old town.
It is this that makes Benidorm Pride week a unique experience as the summer pride calendar comes to a close. From small beginnings of just a few thousand regulars who know and love Benidorm, the event has gained momentum with up to 10,000 happy revelers in 2015. Next pride is expected to grow to a 15,000+ crowd as more and more people discover Benidorm and the three F´s that make her the superstar place in the sun, lots of FUN very FRIENDLY & just a little bit FLIRTY! So much more than you imagine! Make some time to discover or re-discover Benidorm in your party calendar in 2018.
Bars We Like
WarmUp 4 is the LGTB friendly bar. We are proud to be a mixed bar where straights coming together with gays and lesbians can celebrate with others. Bodega 4 is situated outside of the Gay Village of Benidorm with its cozy, stylish and busy gay bars. Just a 2 minute walk and you are here. Especially LGTB enjoy our discreet atmosphere and the freedom just to hook and catch-up without any fears to get brandmarked of their sexuality.
Enjoy a different atmosphere – a real mixed bar where you can be what you really are. We are no competition for our friends in the Gay Village – we just want to be a spot, where not outed people can find whatever they are looking for or where gays can relax with a special wine or champagne or cava that isn’t available at any other place.
Calle Bon Retiro 3
Telephone: 666 322 926
Type of Business: Bar & Lounge
Towns or Areas Covered: Benidorm
Gay/LGTB friendly bar where you date, meet or just come to chat. Specialists in wines, cava, spirits and champagne in entire Benidorm Old Town. Have a look, relax and enjoy.
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- Transfers – How to Get to Benidorm
- Aqualandia (Water Park)
- Buying Apartments
- Renting Apartments
- What to Do – Attractions
- Hiring a Car
- Property – List of Agents
- Fiestas & Festivals
- Hotels – Where to Stay
- Long-Term Rentals
- Maps of Benidorm
- Nightlife – Best Clubs & Bars
- The Benidorm Palace
- Best Restaurants
- Rent Villas in Benidorm
- Weather in Benidorm
- Boat Trips/Excursions
- Cafe Benidorm
- Hen Party
- Stag Do/Weekends
- Sticky Vicky Benidorm
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