GTFO: Tel Aviv Pride

How does a week away with 200,000 swelteringly hot guys sound? If you can handle it, then you need to start preparing for the jaw-dropping gay gathering that is Tel Aviv Pride. We asked Nadav Peretz from Outstanding Travel how to make the most of this epic event.

Grindr: When should we visit?

Nadav: This year’s Tel Aviv Pride week starts on June 4 and ends on June 10. Many choose to stay longer and explore more of the country though. The whole city gets involved and celebrates its diversity with parties, parades, concerts, cultural festivals, and so much more.

What can we expect from Tel Aviv Pride?

The crown jewel of Tel Aviv Pride Week is the annual Pride Parade (June 9) that attracts hundreds of thousands of people. They gather for the opening ceremony at Meir Park and march along the coast before arriving at Charles Clore Park for a massive outdoor festival on the beach. During Tel Aviv Pride Week, there are dozens of parties with world-class DJs and productions. Of course, most tourists would like to tour Israel during Pride Week; they can join our Tel Aviv Pride Gay Bus tours to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Petra, and the Galilee.

The top events this year will be:

Andrew Christian Pool Party at the Poli House – June 7
Water Park event – June 8
Papa Party – June 8
Tel Aviv Pride Parade – June 9
DJ Offer Nissim Party – June 10
The Pet Shop Boys Concert – June 10

Where’s the best place to watch the parade?

Unlike most parades, Tel Aviv’s is open for everyone to participate and march together for the entire route from Meir Park all the way to Charles Clore Park. If you prefer just to watch, the best spot will be the pool side of the David Intercontinental Hotel or the Royal Beach Hotel.

What makes it different to other pride events?

The route of the parade starts in Meir Park and ends at the beautiful beachfront of Tel Aviv with a colorful concert.Tel Aviv is an amazing, unique cosmopolitan city with amazing nightlife and a great beach, which will be packed with plenty of guys from around the world.

What‘s this year’s message for the event?

This year’s parade will celebrate bisexual rights.

Any insider tips?

Tel Aviv is very hot and humid during the month of June. While that means an abundance of hot guys in very little clothing…remember to keep hydrated, especially when outside all day for the parade.

What is your favorite part of the event?

The best part is marching the parade with so many friends and tourists from around the world and celebrating freedom, equal rights, and love.

What MUST we bring in our suitcase?

Sexy swimwear and sun protection lotion.

Finally, are there any good causes to get involved when visiting?

You can always visit the Tel Aviv Gay Centerand ask if they need a volunteer for any of the Pride Week events!

Special thanks to Nadav Peretz from Outstanding Travel for the lowdown and photos.

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GTFO: Places Around The World To Get Your Culture Fix

With the swimmers at the dry cleaners, take a break from the bronzed beauties at the beach and expand your mind, and your friendship circle, with these cultural vacay highlights and gay group tours around the world.

Photo courtesy of Quiiky Travel

Rome, Italy

Visit the home of the Pope and all things secretiveremind him that Italy made same-sex sex legal in 1890! Learn the secrets they want to keep in the closet on a gay tour of the Vatican (yes, this is really a thing)

Photo courtesy of Out Adventures

Peru

Blow your mind in Peru on this nine-day adventuresweat your way along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, be serenaded by the sounds of the Amazon, explore the cute cobbled streets of Cusco, and check out the local talent in Lima with its vibrant gay night spots.

Photo courtesy of GBR Heli Tours

Queensland, Australia

Explore the stunning coastline at your own pace – top down and the wind through your hair Thelma & Louise style. Stay at the clothing-optional gay Turtle Cove Resort, take a Great Barrier Reef tour, and explore Daintree EcoLodge for an Aboriginal history lessonyes sir!

Photo courtesy of Detours Travel

Costa Rica

Prepare to get wet! Adrenaline junkies need only apply. Nature, wildlife, beaches, and stunning waterfalls – all at Central America’s most gay-friendly destination! And those men! You’ll definitely be suffering from Latin fever when you return home.

Photo courtesy of Tourism of Cambodia

Cambodia

We all need a little “breathe in, breathe out”and Cambodia is just the cure. The country has no record of any anti-gay laws (ever) as well as many fascinating sites to explore, the most popular being Angkor Wat. Visit at lunchtime to avoid the swarming crowds. Stop by the capital Phnom Penh for its fun night spots, palaces, and museums.

Photo courtesy of Pink Iceland

Iceland

Home to the world’s first openly gay government leader, you’ll get a warm welcome in the land of rugged coastlines and adrenaline packed activities. With exploding geysers, the healing Blue Lagoon, and endless awesome scenery, Iceland is on the rise and a great destination to enjoy all year round. Visit from November to March for the best chance to see the Northern Lights.

Special thanks to Oliver Broad from travel agency RB Collection for giving us the low-down.

The Top Gay Beaches to Crash This Summer

You can tell yourself that you love the beach because you’re a sun-worshipper, surf bum, or outdoors lover (and that’s cool), but for the 99% of us that like checking out handsome fellas in banana hammocks slather themselves in oil, gay beaches have a clear edge. So plan your summer months right by adding one of these destinations for your next getaway:

Photo Credit:Sittixay Dittavong

Sydney, Australia

Infamous Bondi beach attracts characters from all walks of life, but head to the North end where the gay guys hang out. Nude beaches are a little harder to come by in Australia, but Obelisk Beach in Mosman is worth a visit.

  • When to go: Warmest weather is between October and April
  • Party time: Mardi Gras (March 2018)
  • Upside: High-quality lifestyle, hot guys, lots of sights to see
  • Downside: Can be pricey

Fire Island, New York

Escape the NYC heat, and head to Fire Island to cool off (and strip off). Manhattan gyms would be out of business if it weren’t for here. And now, LogoTV has a new show of the same name. We can’t wait to see how that one plays out.

  • When to go: From end of May to beginning of September
  • Party time: Pride (June 2017)
  • Upside: Great escape from the heat of the city, fun atmosphere
  • Downside: Getting there, finding a place to stay (plan ahead)

Tel Aviv, Israel

The most open Middle Eastern city, Hilton Beach is where you’ll find the guys hanging out – and just a handy walk into the city center. Expect it to be packed to the rafters on weekends when the weather’s goodwhich is pretty much all year round.

  • When to go: May – October (July & August are scorching)
  • Party time: Pride (June 4 -10, 2017)
  • Upside: Vibrant city with beach close by, eclectic mix of visitors from around the world, still warm in spring & autumn
  • Downside: Extremely hot during the summer

Ibiza, Spain

If you like to party hard and like your men bronzed and buff, then the white isle will not disappoint. Head to Playa Es Cavallet near the airport, then enjoy an after dinner treat in the dunes behind the bar and stick around after 4pm for when things really heat up with killer DJ sets preparing you for the night ahead.

  • When to go: June to September (July & August are the busiest months)
  • Party time: Pride (June 14 – 17, 2017)
  • Upside: Clubber’s paradise
  • Downside: It can be pricey

Photo Credit: Maspalomas Pride, Pro Gay Events

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Attracting a wider age group, from Twinkies on their first vacay without Mom and Dad, to hot go go veterans, to bulky Daddies for cuddles. They head for the infamous Maspalomas sand dunes, which offer privacy when you want it and open spaces if you prefereverything and anything goes on here.

  • When to go: Warm all year round, hottest June to September
  • Party time: Pride (May 4 – 14, 2017)
  • Upside: Perfect for all budgets
  • Downside: Can be a little trashy sometimes

Cape Town, South Africa

Rack up those air miles and head to Africa’s cosmopolitan heartland, a vibrant city with beautiful beaches and even more stunning guys and a relaxed vibe. Two beaches are worth a visit; Clifton Three with its natural beauty, and the aptly named Sandy Beach.

  • When to go: January to late April
  • Party time: Pride (February / March 2018)
  • Upside: Great value for money, unique city with cosmopolitan vibe, great outdoor life
  • Downside: It’s a long way to travel

Photo Credit: Visit Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Playground for the beautiful, head to the southern end of Playa Los Muertos, where you can enjoy an abundance of water sports and eye candy. As the busiest beach, it’s a handy location to roll from the beach to a bar to your hotel.

  • When to go: November to May
  • Party time: Pride (May 21 – 28, 2017)
  • Upside: Easy to get to from the US
  • Downside: It’s a Spring Break hotspot, so choose your month wisely

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos attracts a high caliber of sun worshipping guys from all over Europe and beyond. With no high rises, it’s a whitewashed, pretty Greek Island with a selection of friendly bars and a great daytime hangout at Elia Beach.

  • When to go: June to September
  • Party time: XLsior Mykonos (August 23 – 30, 2017)
  • Upside: Quality island with an attractive crowd
  • Downside: Can be expensive, and it books up early

GTFO: Barcelona

Catalonia’s Capital has it all: Daring architecture, sun-kissed beaches, killer shopping, and nightlife that is certifiably bananas (hitting the club at 2am is considered early). Of course, there’s plenty of eye candy, but come for the culture first, yeah? Grindr globetrotter, Robbie Sinclair, has a hand-picked list of how to make the most of your Barcelona getaway while creating plenty of opportunities to meet the locals… and then some:

Eat

Koko

This cute surf shack style eatery serves Asian inspired dishes with a regularly changing menu and a fab €12 lunch special.

Provenca 224

Volta al Món

Be carefulyou could be anybody’s after one of their cocktails, so line your stomach with their eclectic worldwide-inspired menu. Near the nightlife but not on the normal gayborhood checklist, it’s great for a date night and is popular with locals of all ages.

Calle Muntaner 51 Local 2

Monroe’s

Friendly and relaxing with good quality food. Perfect for a post shopping recharge, pre-night out dinner, or their house Vermouth that can top up your alcohol levels from the night before on a lazy Sunday. The towering nachos are great to share.Book ahead for the weekend.

Plaça de Salvador Seguí, 1

Bun Po

Break up your day of sightseeing here for some gorgeous Vietnamese cuisine. In the heart of the Gothic quarter, the interior is camp and the staff is cute.

Calle Sagristans, 3

Drink

La Chappelle

One of my fave pre-club hangouts. This bar always seems to be packed and it’s nothing fancy, but it’s a solid choice to start a night on the town. There’s always someone looking at you if you need a confidence boost. Just sayin.

Carrer de Muntaner, 67

Botanic

Over the road are the friendly faces at Botanic with cheap drinks and a great patio out back. Whenever I go here I end up on a wild night out with a bunch of strangers. Not a bad thing.

Carrer de Muntaner, 64

La Federica

If you’re in search of the creative crowd, go here. Bingo on the first Sunday of the month is absolutely hilarious, and they hold themed parties every weekend.

Carrer de Salva, 3

Fiesta Pluma

If high heels and wigs are your thing, this is a must. It’s like the best house party without the clearing up. Bearded drag queens high kick and death drop their way through a care-free crowd.

Location varies

Artte

On the rare occasion I feel classy, I treat myself here. Their amazing cocktail list keeps me hydrated and gives me some of my five a day. And let’s face ita way to a man’s bed is through a good cocktail.

Carrer de Muntaner, 83C

Dance

Ultrapop

Top of my list for slut drops would be Ultrapop. The space is huge and you’ll hear everything from Rhianna to the Spice Girls. Sorry not sorry.

Carrer de Tarragona, 141

Pervert

If I’m in a shirts off, house music mood then Pervert is my place of choice.

Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13

Metro

Within stumbling distance of Eixample’s gay bars, Metro is an easy option for a late night dance and a dark room to cruise.

Carrer de Sepúlveda, 185

Arena

Also close to Eixample but with a slightly younger crowd, Arena plays a mixture of flamenco and Spanish pop with the odd R remix thrown in for good measure.

Carrer de Muntaner, 63

Churros con Chocolate

This is your place to go if you’re craving a night of complete stupidness. Definitely worth the journey over to Le Poble-sec.

Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 113

The Morning After…

Flax & Kale

So, you just rolled out of bed and feel a little jaded. Get a pick-me-up at Flax & Kale. Their cleansing juices and healthy dishes will bring you back to life after a night of (responsible) sinning.

Carrer dels Tallers, 74B

Cup & Cake

The super sandwich is a must, and the cakes are to die for. Get there early or walk further to sister outlet Cup and Cake on Carrer d’Enric Granados for shorter lines.

Carrer dels Tallers, 79

And yes, the guys. They’re gorgeous, but so are Barcelona’s endless golden sandy beaches. If you want some serious eye candy you have two gay areas to choose from: Closest to the city next to the W hotel is San Sebastian where a relaxed atmosphere awaits. If muscle gazing is more your thing, head north along the coast to Mar Bella. In the summer, the beach bars holds lively parties well into the night.