Spain is very tolerant of homosexuality reflected in the fact that homosexuality was legalised as long ago as 1822. In the last decade Spain has passed very progressive legislation protecting the rights of gays and lesbians.
There is also a vibrant and thriving gay scene not only in many of the larger cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Seville but also in the resorts including Las Palmas, Ibiza and Benidorm. Spain is the ideal destination for gays and lesbians seeking sex, sand and sun...
The criminal law contains no discriminatory provisions affecting the lesbian and gay population and no distinction is drawn between homo and heterosexual acts. Whilst the Constitution does not specifically prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation the wording is broad and the courts have held that the wording "or whatever other social or personal circumstance" includes sexual orientation.
In 1995 Spain banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and created new hate-crime laws. Ratifying a new Penal Code, the legislators declared the right to express one’s sexual orientation a fundamental freedom and prohibited sexual-orientation-based discrimination in housing, employment, public services and professional activities. Gays are not banned from the military.
No partnership law is in force at the federal level; some laws cover lesbians and gays and same-sex partnerships, but with a very limited focus . The matter of discussion in Spain has mainly been granting some kind of legal status for unmarried couples both heterosexual and same-sex partnerships. The states of Catalan and Arragon have both passed Domestic Partnership Bills which include same sex couples but such laws are limited regulating the mutual obligations between private persons and not between such individuals and the governments.
Bear Bar Bears' Bar Plaza de la Constitución 22:00-04:00 Bar for Bears.
Café Refuel San Pedro, 10 966831010 09:00-19:00 Terrace bar/café overlooking Poniente beach.
Café Lola Opposite Don Juan Successful new bar. New 2009
Caspers San Miguel, s/n 965853946 10:00-02:00 Small, cosy bar. Food by day. Video bar by night.
Company San Miguel, 16 650859268 20:00-02:00 More of a Bear crowd now, but open to all.
Domino Martinez Oriola, 15 965854476 21:00-02:00 Also open afternoons. Pool table, terrace.
Dream Benidorm Alicante, 23 965865555 20:00-04:00 Luxurous bar. Very opulent furnishings.
El Papagayo Alicante, 11 22:00-03:30 Says 'Parrot Bar' outside. Small bar. Colonial flavour.
Leather/Fetish Bar Eros Santa Faz, 24 23:00-04:00 Leather bar, Darkroom.
Incognito Uruguay 21:00-02:00 Mature men's bar. Dance floor. Video room.
Intimate English Calle la Palma 21:30-late Karaoke bar. Drag.
J.J.'s Uruguay 966805660 16:00-late Mainly older crowd. Pool table. Dark room.
Klee Kafee Del Pal, 9 965856476 16:00-02:00 Open fronted pub & cabaret bar. Street terrace.
Lovers Pub Dels Cuatre Cantons, 3 22:00-04:00 Very popular bar. Lots of TV screens with different things.
Men Only Dels Cuatre Cantons, 9 22:00-04:00 Mostly Bears and over 40s.
Mercury Alicante, 10 966806730 22:00-04:00 A popular, lively spot, but not 'til late. (2 am onwards)
People Santa Faz, 29 965860092 22:00-04:00 A popular bar most of the evening. Mixed ages.
Peppermint San Vincente, 11 965860789 22:00-04:00 Bar for real men. Love the waiter's tattoo. You will too!
Rich Bitch Del Pal 21:00-late Show bar. Always full to capacity. Book in advance to get in.
Roxy's Café/Bar De La Palma Café by day, music bar by night. New 2009
Rumours San Vicente, 16 10:00-16:00 Daytime café/bar.
Sensación Mayor, 18 13:00-02:00 Vary nice café/bar. Dark room. New 2009
7th Heaven Alicante, 21:00-late Mixed. Late night drinking bar.
The Honey Pot la Palma 7 965854595 10:00-late Intimate Café/Bar.
The Look Santa Faz, 12 966801689 23:00-04:00 Disco bar. Darkroom. Video lounge.
Viva Alicante, s/n 16:00-02:00 Man bar. Play room. Underwear parties on Sundays.