According to some of the studies that were stated in the latest Tourism Fair FITUR LGBT, the so-called gay tourism is considerably more profitable in business terms than heterosexual tourism, since the homosexual tourist tends to spend approximately 150 euros a day. This could undoubtedly be one of the factors that explain the accelerated exponential growth of a leisure industry aimed towards the gay population in the city of Barcelona, close to the beach town of Sitges, a place where one of the best Gay Pride festivals in the whole Mediterranean takes place, one of its most attractive places. Not without reason, this was the town chosen by Brian Epstein to unfold his seduction moves on John Lennon, with results that will forever be wrapped up in the darkest of mysteries.
These are possibly the two most famous places to go to among those who are looking for a heated encounter with those of their same sex, with the exception of some areas of the district of Eixample and nearby, such as the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, where cruising takes place with the excuse of taking the dog for a walk, the beach known by the name of Chernobyl and certain areas of the Parc de Montjuïc, such as around the Palau Sant Jordi and the Olympic Stadium. Regarding ´Chernobyl Beach´, it receives this name due to the old power plant next to it, whose three towering chimneys point the way from there to the metro station of Sant Roc, or to the trams to Sant Adrià del Besós. Unlike what happens in Montjuïc, where there´s sexual activity during day and night partaken by young people, in the quiet Chernobyl Beach there´s usually no more than 20 or 30 people at most, and the activity is mostly during the day and the ages are a bit older, with predominant mature crowds.
Regarding nightlife venues, next to classics such as Arena Madre (Balmes, 32) or DBOY (Ronda Sant Pere 19-21), there´s the new club Addicted, recently opened on Casanova 75, right in the middle of the cruising area. Despite its hooking decoration, its excellent DJs, among which you can usually find the prestigious Thiago de Oliveira or Enrico Arghentini, and its successful theme nights, Addicted aims to be much more than a club and it also has a bar that´s open in the afternoons that also includes many photography exhibitions.
Those who prefer the hardest, extreme and fetishist side of the night and homoerotic sex, can do no better than going to Berlin Dark, on Passatge de Prunera 18, a place of strong and contrasted emotions far from any fashionable trend.
To go for dinner before the final trip into the nightlife, the fun drag-queen show of dDVine on Balmes 24 is also another classic that you might want to visit when you rent accommodation in Barcelona.