Best Gay Winter Travel Destinations

If you are anything like us and love to travel all year round no matter the weather, then these gay winter travel destinations might be for you!

Whether you are simply chasing the sun (see Gran Canaria) or wanting to experience the epitome of a snowy winter wonderland (see New York) then we think this list will have something to suit you.

We have chosen these destinations based on our experience to date and will continue to expand the list in the future! Please drop us an email with any suggestions of where we can go next.

Our Top 5 Gay Winter Travel Destinations

New York

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New York holds a special place in our hearts, it’s where we got engaged during the depths of winter on the icy rooftop terrace of our hotel and since that first visit, we have been back time and time again.

New York is well known for being an incredibly welcoming gay travel destination, with plenty of gay nightlife, a huge pride each year and a large gay district (Hells Kitchen).

It is also iconic destination for a winter break and is exactly as we imagined from watching Home Alone 2!

From ice skating under the huge Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre, to exploring a snow covered Central Park, New York looks spectacular during winter.

Make sure to check out our itinerary for New York which includes lots of top tips, activities and money saving ideas.


gay winter travel destinations

We had never thought about spending winter in mainland Spain until we spent 7 months living in, and falling in love with, the beautiful city of Madrid.

During winter in Madrid, we had friends come out and visit us twice and had the best time exploring the Christmas markets in Plaza Major, going shopping (especially the many gay shops), going to all the best tapas places and of course heading to all the gay bars and clubs in Chueca.

Madrid is probably the most inclusive and welcoming gay travel destination we know, whether you visit in summer or winter you are guaranteed to have an amazing time.

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Another destination worthy of the title of ‘Winter Wonderland’ has to be Stockholm.

We visited Stockholm during October when it was very cold indeed!

However, once we wrapped up and headed out to explore we quickly learnt why so many people love Stockholm.

The city is very unique sitting on over 14 islands which practically guarantees that you get to experience beautiful views wherever you look.

Combined with the fact there were so many things to do to keep busy (see our 48 hour winter itinerary), an incredible selection of restaurants and an easy going, well integrated gay scene (see gay bars in Stockholm and gay friendly hotels in Stockholm) we can’t wait to return and see more.

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Gran Canaria

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If you have kept up to date with our travels you will see that Gran Canaria keeps us coming back for more and more each year.

Whilst the destinations we have listed so far get cold in the winter, Gran Canaria stays hot pretty much all year round!

As a result we normally head to Gran Canaria every November for Gran Canaria Winter Pride! It is one of the many pride events that Gran Canaria hosts every year making it one of the top gay destinations in Europe.

For more on Gran Canaria Winter Pride:


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Last but by no means least, something a little closer to home (for Sion) is his hometown in North Wales.

Wales is becoming the go to adventure destination in the UK and when we visited during November we found ourselves hiking mountains, flying through caves on ziplines and taking on huge indoor assault courses!

In terms of the gay scene in Wales it may be lacking compared to the rest, but we have no doubt you would have a great experience – check out this interview with Jack, a Welsh gay guy to learn more about gay Wales.

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We hope that this has given you some gay travel winter inspiration! We will continue to add to our list as we visit more places around the world!

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