Barcelona is a tolerant and open-minded city. Throughout its history, its inhabitants have been aware of the breakthroughs and progress being made by society. In the 1970s Barcelona was already a pioneering city in the fight for the rights of the LGTBI community. From the beginning of the Gay rights movement to the current Eurogames and Pride, together with same-sex marriages that have been held here since 2005, Barcelona has encapsulated the spirit of a modern, forward-thinking European capital.
LGTBI tourism has been out of the closet for a long time in Barcelona. Tourists can enjoy a wide range of leisure and cultural attractions in an atmosphere of tolerance and freedom. Right in the heart of the Eixample is a rectangular area bordered by Carrer Balmes, the Gran Via, Carrer Urgell and Carrer Aragó. Known as the "Gaixample", it doesn't cater solely to the LGTBI community but epitomises the city's inclusive spirit (the Axel Hotel was the first hotel in the world to declare itself heterofriendly). The area offers a wide variety of gay-friendly bars, shops and restaurants. Many members of the LGTBI community have moved to this area and you can see the rainbow flag hanging from balconies and in shop and bar windows. Welcome to diversity, welcome to Barcelona!
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