Having taken into consideration a variety of factors such as the prices, hotels, and general safety for the community, The Bottle Club, a club that offers a wide range of alcohol from around the world and even a collection of limited editions, has ranked and listed Europe’s proudest and cheapest LGBTQ+ friendly destinations to travel to this summer. Here are the cheapest locations to experience queer joy like no other.
Ranking in number one for the most affordable queer friendly destination in Europe is Sofia, the capital and largest city of Bulgaria. Here, a drink will cost one an average of just EUR 1.53.The capital city boasts of about 170 hotels and 53 different gay bars and clubs. Sofia’s main gay areas include Plovdiv, Varna and Blagoevgrad. During summer, climate in Bulgaria is warm and clear. Therefore, one can definitely expect to enjoy the best of their time in Sofia during this season. So, don’t just wait and start scrolling down the search engine to book this prideful hotspot.
Second in rank for cheap and gay friendly destinations after Sofia comes Budapest in Hungary. A drink in this city on an average will only cost one EUR 1.72. Packed with iconic gay bars and clubs including the capital city’s signature gay club, ‘AlterEgo,’ Male only gay bar ‘Coxx Men’s’ and the queer inclusive warm-up bar Barand Black Unicorn Bar. Considered by locals as the ‘gay bubble’ of Hungary and with 303 local hotels to choose from, Budapest is a city not one to be missed.
Prague, Czech Republic
Ranked number 3 for the LGBTQ+ friendly and cheap destination across Europe is Prague in Czech Republic. Here a drink will cost one around EUR 1.82.Famous for being gay friendly, Czech Republic legalised homosexuality five years before the UK along with a comprehensive set of anti-discrimination laws in place since 2009.Boasting an impressive 52 LGBTQ+ bars within the city, the main gay area of Prague is in the trendy residential neighbourhood of ‘Vinohrady’.
Taking the next spot is the cultural, economic and governmental centre of Denmark, Copenhagen. Here a drink will on an average cost will one around EUR 2. Consistently been recognised as one of the world’s most progressive and welcoming destinations for LGBTQ travellers Copenhagen was nominated as the most gay-friendly destination in the world by the British LGBT Awards. The capital city also ranks high for its safety score for walking alone at night, as well as having low number of hate crimes in the area. There are around 35 gay friendly bars and clubs in this city along with 115 hotels. One should definitely meet the Centralhjørnet in the city which is, the world’s oldest existing gay bar.
The fifth to make it to the list of gay friendly but affordable destination is the Spanish island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza. Here a drink, just like Copenhagen will cost one around EUR 2. Known as one of the most renounced party holiday destination in the world with its eccentric nightlife and electronic music club in the summers, Ibiza also offers attractive holiday packages for LGBTQ+ travellers. Home to several gay exclusive hotels, bars and clubs, gay nightlife is mainly located in Ibiza Town, Dalt Vila and Figueretas – the gay hubs of the island.
Next on the hottest but affordable places for the community to have a blast is the capital and largest city of Croatia, Zagreb. A drink in this gay holiday hotspot will take you back just EUR 2.11. With 36 gay friendly clubs and a perfect safety score of 10/10, Zagreb is home to Croatia’s best and biggest gay scene. Also ranked as a city with one of the lowest hate crime scores in the entire study, visitors will have little to worry about their safety. Do visit the iconic gay friendly bars such as Hotspot, Pulse Bar and Swanky Monkey Garden.
Gran Canaria, Spain
Finally, in seventh place is another Spanish destination and island, the Gran Canaria. This stunning island boasts plenty of top-quality gay-exclusive accommodation, with establishments created solely with LGBTQ people in mind. A drink here will cost one EUR 2.25.The island sports 88 gay friendly bars and 252 hotels. Ranked overall in the top 3 European party destinations, Gran Canaria scored 8.8/10 when it came to the safety of walking home at night, along with a hate crime score of 10/10, the safest hate crime score in the entire list. One should definitely head for its gay friendly beaches such as the Montaña de Arena for its boho vibe; Las Canteras beach, which is very close to the gay district in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the popular tourist attraction- Playa del Inglés.