A Guide to Benidorm Pride

A Guide to Benidorm Pride

Benidorm is home to one of Spain's most exciting prides, taking place between the 5th and 11th of September.

Nearing the end of the summer pride season can be a depressing prospect. Thankfully we’ve still got Benidorm. 

Benidorm Pride returns from September 5 -11, promising all-out fabulousness on Spain’s sunny Costa Blanca. Whilst still only in its 12th year, pride in Benidorm has been a massive success since its inception and today attracts thousands of LGBTQ+ people from across Europe.   

Even outside of pride week, Benidorm is a very gay town, and home to a range of gay bars and clubs, most of which can be found on the pedestrianized streets of the Old Town, Benidorm’s unofficial gay district. The fun isn’t just reserved for gay travelers, and you’ll find similarly vibrant trans and lesbian scenes.

Grab your tickets, pack your most colorful outfits and prepare for a week of celebration in gay Benidorm – things are going to get very hot!

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Benidorm Pride Parade

Benidorm’s impressive pride parade takes place on September 10th and is the perfect way to round off your pride experience. Beginning at Rincon de Loix, the town’s most cosmopolitan district, the parade will move along Benidorm’s main streets before arriving at the custom-built Auditorium Julio Iglesias. Benidorm is very pedestrian friendly, so you should have no issues finding great spots to watch the parade. There are also venues with balconies along the route, so it’s always a good idea to arrive early and secure a prime position. 

The parade starts at 5 pm giving you the whole day to get pride-ready. If you’re traveling to Rincon de Loix by bus, head for the casino stop on AV. Mediterraneo which is just a minute’s walk from the parade’s starting point. 

Returning after the COVID-19 pandemic, Benidorm’s pride parade is expected to be well attended in 2022. The crowds tend to increase as the event goes on, so if you want to beat the rush, head down early in the afternoon. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more lively experience, it’s a good idea to watch the parade near the Auditorium Julio Iglesias, where youll catch its finale and be well positioned to make the most of the town’s raucous gay nightlife.

Benidorm Pride Events

In addition to the pride parade, there is an astounding range of events, concerts, and shows taking place throughout the week that are geared towards an LGBTQ+ audience. Drag Attack, the celebration’s opening party, is a breathtaking showcase of the country’s top drag talent alongside a roster of local gogo dancers and DJs. 

Mid-week entertainment comes in the form of Benidorm Pride’s infamous White Party, where thousands of partygoers will don their most pristine outfits before descending into the euphoric neon glow of the Oscar Espla Amphitheater. The event kicks off at 8 pm on the 8th of September and with various independent events taking place throughout Benidorm’s gay scene, it’s the perfect way to begin your night out. 

Seeing out Pride in style, the Kluster closing party will take place in the Penelope Disco and is the region’s largest gay club night. Taking place in the early hours of Sunday 11th September, the party promises to be the crowning glory of Benidorm Pride 2022. 

Best bars and clubs

Benidorm is home to one of Spain’s most established and exciting gay nightlife scenes, and youll find a range of bars and clubs suited to any gay traveler’s tastes. The town is known for its excellent cabaret offerings, many of which are free to attend and feature performances from national, and international, superstars. Benidorm attracts visitors from around Europe, and the large ex-pat population means English is widely spoken in the town’s gay bars and clubs. 

If you’re looking for an established gay bar in the heart of Benidorm, then be sure to pay a visit to Spirit Bar. An institution, Spirit Bar is a vibrant venue that offers great deals in a welcoming and open-minded environment. Lively and authentic, the bar attracts a mixed crowd of local and visiting individuals. It’s a great place to meet like-minded friends, and with some of the town’s most tempting drinks deals, it’s the perfect place to begin, and end, your night. 

When the Copper Club opened its doors it made waves as Benidorm’s first gay cruise club, and it continues to be a mainstay of the town’s gay scene to this day. With glory holes, dark rooms, private cabins, and sling rooms, the venue seriously has it all. What’s more, there is a range of fetish events taking place over pride week and catering to a range of tastes. Entrance is between 12 and 14 Euros and includes 2 spirit/mixer drinks. 

Where to Stay

Benidorm is home to one of Spain’s most established and exciting gay nightlife scenes, and youll find a range of bars and clubs suited to any gay traveler’s tastes. The town is known for its excellent cabaret offerings, many of which are free to attend and feature performances from national, and international, superstars. Benidorm attracts visitors from around Europe, and the large ex-pat population means English is widely spoken in the town’s gay bars and clubs. 

If you’re looking for an established gay bar in the heart of Benidorm, then be sure to pay a visit to Spirit Bar. An institution, Spirit Bar is a vibrant venue that offers great deals in a welcoming and open-minded environment. Lively and authentic, the bar attracts a mixed crowd of local and visiting individuals. It’s a great place to meet like-minded friends, and with some of the town’s most tempting drinks deals, it’s the perfect place to begin, and end, your night. 

When the Copper Club opened its doors it made waves as Benidorm’s first gay cruise club, and it continues to be a mainstay of the town’s gay scene to this day. With glory holes, dark rooms, private cabins, and sling rooms, the venue seriously has it all. What’s more, there is a range of fetish events taking place over pride week and catering to a range of tastes. Entrance is between 12 and 14 Euros and includes 2 spirit/mixer drinks. 


Published: 17-Aug-2022 by George Pizani   |   Last Updated: 01-Sep-2022
On: Gay Benidorm


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