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Best Pride City Breaks In Europe 2023

From Berlin to Barcelona, Thomas Cook has rounded up Europe’s biggest Pride events for 2023. We’re talking iconic marches in cool capitals, raucous street parties along timeless canals, or raving till dawn under the Maltese sun. Here’s the lowdown on the best City Break destinations for LGBTQ+ travellers this Pride season.

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Amsterdam
When: 1 Aug – 6 Aug 2023

This compact city epitomises impromptu street parties, and Pride Month doesn’t disappoint! Revellers are spoilt for choice, with hundreds of club nights, dazzling rainbow marches, and 300+ events spilling out over the squares (Dam Square, Reguliersdwarsstraat, Stoperaplein and Spuistraat, to name a few).

Pride Amsterdam 2023

One of the most famous LGBTQ+ festivals in Europe, Pride Amsterdam 2023 is a properly big one! Picture three colourful days of fun, sun and diversity in Zandvoort. A glittering parade of glammed-up boats sailing past 500,000+ spectators on the canals. Plus scheduled street parties on every corner. All culminating with an epic closing party on Dam Square. And after all the pomp and ceremony, you’ve got major events like Pink Tours at the Rijksmuseum, Pink movie night at the Mercatorplein and Off-Broadway classics like Fun Home on the cultural program.

Where to stay: 

Sofitel Legend
5 stars
Member of IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel)
Walking distance to best LGBTQ+ bars


 

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Berlin
When: 22 Jul 2023

Famed for its liberal attitude and bombastic nightlife, Germany’s capital will be engulfed in a sea of rainbows over July! The two-week-long festival takes over the city, with dazzling events at every turn. All leading up to the main parade and street party on the 22nd of July.

Berlin Gay Pride CSD 2023

As one of the coolest and queerest cities in Europe, you can expect diversity and debauchery wherever you choose to party! More than 500,000 marchers usually kick off the main parade from Leipziger Straße on Saturday. Climaxing with a lively concert at Brandenburg Gate. For even more glitzy revelry, hit the biggest social event at the Revolver Pride Pre-Party, clink cocktails from sun loungers at Gay Beach Summer Berlin, and take to the sky bars for Propaganda’s Official Closing Party.

Where to stay:

The Weinmeister Berlin Mitte
4 stars
Adult-only
Located by the gay village in the west

 



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Barcelona

When: 15 Jul 2023 

The birthplace of Pride in Spain, and one of the queerest cities in Europe, Barcelona’s celebrations are big and sexy! Think shimmering gay beaches, epic parties and handsome hombres. Yes please! More than a quarter of a million party animals will descend into the streets for a fabulous weekend of fun in the sun.

Pride Barcelona 2023

Pool parties, huge drag talent, and a vibrant gay village (aka, Gaixample). What’s not to love? Alongside a weekend of spectacular live performances and celebrity guests, the main parade usually begins at Tres Xemeneies Park, peaking with a huge concert around Montjuic Parkwill. Not ready for the fun to end? You can keep the celebrations going all night long at Matinee’s legendary tour at Input Club.

Where to stay:

Mandarin Oriental
5 stars
Rooftop infinity pool
One of the swankiest nightspots in Gaixample


 

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Stockholm
When: 3 – 6 Aug 2023

Taking place in the height of summer, Pride in uber-cool Stockholm is a bright and beautiful sight. The diverse crowd, spectacular performances and week-long celebrations reflect this country’s passionate devotion to the wider LGBTQ+ movement. 

Stockholm Gay Pride 2023

By day, soak up the flamboyant festivities at Pride Park, in Östermalms. A music and art-filled oasis, open from Wednesday until Sunday. The beginning of the week is a hub of creativity, with cultural exhibitions and live performances. And when the sun sets you can shake your tail feather at the 80s Eurovision-vibe dance hall, Pride Circus XL. Then there’s the radiant 4.5km Pride march, where hot gogos and 50,000+ rainbow-cloaked queers and allies strut through central Stockholm. 

Where to stay:

Hotel Rival
4 stars
Art Deco cocktail bar
Owned by former Abba member Benny Andersson

 


 

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Valletta
When: 17 Sept 2023

Voted one of the top LGBTQ+ destinations in Europe, it’s no wonder Malta’s capital has been selected to host 2023’s epic EuroPride celebrations. Yep, that’s 10 days of all-out riotous festivity in one elegant city. Add to that, 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, and you’ve got yourself Pride in paradise. 

Valletta Gay Pride 2023

From 7-17 September, Valletta’s ancient city streets will be ablaze with colour, leading to the unveiling of an 82-foot rainbow flag. Fabulous parades, decorative boat parties and unmissable performances will all peak with an open-air street party and epic concert in Triton Square. Oh, and the headliner will be Christina Aguilera! Alongside the revelry, there’s a human rights conference, a queer arts and culture festival, a Pride village and guest talks. And if you’ve still got energy to burn, there’s the Pride After Party at Michelangelo.

Where to stay:

Rosselli AX Privilege
5 stars
Rooftop pool and cocktail bar
20 min walk to popular gay bars



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