Where are the top 10 most LGBT friendly places to travel on holiday?

People take part in the annual Pride in London Parade on June 27, 2015 (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Picking where to travel can be a tough decision, and it can be made more complicated as an LGBT traveller.

Many places still have attitudes and laws that target the LGBT community – making it harder to plan a holiday.

It’s important to be able to unwind, relax and feel safe in those valuable days away from the bustle of regular life.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 LGBT friendly places to holiday in association with misterb&b, who offer places to stay on your travels from LGBT owners.

1. London

Sadiq Khan at Pride in London in 2016

London has become renowned as one of the great LGBT cities in the world.

Its gay district, Soho, is bustling every night of the week, and LGBT people from across the UK and Europe flock to London to live and work.

There are loads of great places to stay in London – and an abundance of superb apartments and rooms available to rent thanks to misterb&b hosts.

London is a big place, and getting the knowledge of a resident will certainly be better than relying on Yelp reviews and staring at maps for your whole trip.

If you want an entire apartment, Jerome is offering one in Covent Garden, just minutes away from the Pride action.

Recently redecorated and with a private terrace, Jerome’s place is perfect for Pride and can sleep five people.

And if you’re after a private room, Tim has one in Soho, set in a modern apartment on the 10th floor with views overlooking the West End.

2. Madrid

Madrid hosted both Europride 2017 and World Pride 2017.

The city is one of the friendliest in Europe, not to mention one of the most affordable.

It has an LGBT district, Chueca, but as they say in Madrid, “the whole city is gay.”

Madrid has a number of excellent places to stay, and none better than with a misterb&b host.

William is offering a stunning home in the heart of Chueca, where World Pride Madrid is happening.

Wolrd Pride Madrid

William, originally from America, and his partner, Ricardo, from Grenada, are offering a luxury apartment equidistant from two different subway lines Chueca and Banco de Espana.

If you want to find Jesus, he’s offering a big room for 55 euros.

It’s located in the city centre, Gran Via., two minutes walk from Sol, and close to the most important museums of the city.

The room has a double bed, one wardrobe and free wi-fi – what more could you want?

3. Toronto

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has really increased Toronto’s profile as an LGBT friendly destination.

The city was the first to upscale World Pride when it held the celebration in 2014, proving that it took LGBT events seriously.

The relatively small city is littered with LGBT venues, and Canada has had marriage equality for longer than almost any other country in the world.

Ramon and Bernie have a lovely modern apartment with breathtaking panoramic views of the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario.

They are situated on the 28th floor of the James Cooper Mansion Condo with a spacious balcony to enjoy the glorious sunrise and sunset that our great city has to offer.

4. Tel Aviv

Israel’s cultural hub is the most friendly place in the Middle East for LGBT rights.

Its annual pride parade is one of the biggest events in Tel Aviv, with people coming from across the world to parade and party.

It also has stunning beaches, so there’s plenty of space to get a tan.

Daniel and Asif are a gay couple hosting in their clean, fully equipped apartment at a prime location in the Center of Tel Aviv near everything.

5. Copenhagen

Supporters of same-sex marriage protest in wedding dresses

Some measures have said the Danish capital is the most tolerant and welcoming place for LGBT people in the world.

If you want to visit, Rasmus is offering a quiet apartment not far from the city centre in an area with lots of variety and well connected to the city centre.

6. Barcelona

Barcelona is on Spain’s coast and renowned for its annual LGBT pride parade.

The city is thought to be one of the gayest place in Spain, and is long-established as an LGBT hot spot.

It has many B&Bs in the area, along with lots of places to eat and drink.

Ramos has an apartment in Cathedral Square, the best street in Barcelona that connects Plça catalunya and the Cathedral Square.

It has sunny and wide pedestrian street in the very heart of the Gothic Quarter – what could be better?

7. Berlin

Germany recently passed same-sex marriage, so there has never been a better time to visit its capital, Berlin.

If you’re looking for an LGBT destination more out of the ordinary, then Berlin could be your city.

It’s become well known for its kinky nightlife options, as well as the same range of mainstream LGBT activities you’d find in many major European capitals.

Rogger is offering the full fettish experience – proving you can get a wide range on misterb&b.

8. New York

NYC Pride March 2016
New York marks 50 years since the Stonewall uprising in 2019, when it will welcome World Pride.

The city has a long history of LGBT activism, and is now one of the great LGBT-friendly locations in the world.

New York City has a number of excellent places to stay, and none better than with a misterb&b host.

Darcy is hosting a room – or as he justifiably calls it, an “Urban Oasis” – on Madison Avenue.

darcy misterbandb

This room, located in a two-bedroom apartment next to Central Park, is just minutes away from Fifth Avenue and all the NYC Pride events.

Visitors have only had good things to say, with an average rating of five stars.

Hosted by a photographer from San Francisco and a graphic designer from London, this convenient Hell’s Kitchen room is worth a look.

gay neighbourhood misterbandb

On Ninth Avenue, near Times Square and Broadway, this apartment is near enough LGBT attractions to keep you constantly busy.

9. Lisbon

Lisbon, in Portugal, is a little known leader of LGBT rights.

It’s set to host the campest ceremony in the world next year, too: the Eurovision Song Contest.

There are also many gay hosts offering places to stay in Lisbon.

This spacious, modern apartment is located centrally, and has some big comfy beds to go with it.

The owners also speak English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

10. San Francisco

San Francisco Pride
San Francisco has a number of excellent places to stay.

Joe is hosting a room in the heart of the Castro close on Sanchez Street.

The Private room Joe is hosting is close to Golden Gate park and has over a hundred gay-friendly bars, clubs and restraints nearby and has earned itself a five-star review across the board.

Joe's home in San Francisco is available for you to stay in during Pride celebrations (Photo misterb&b)
Y hosts a room on the route of the annual Pride parade on 10th Street.

The room is one of two in an apartment which boasts a charming den and a beautiful view of the city. The apartment has over three hundred surrounding gay-friendly venues and all of Y’s guests so far have had nothing but brilliant reviews of his home.

Have we missed your city for LGBT travellers?

Are you a fan of the scene in Sofia, Bulgaria or Sydney, Australia? Let us know your favourite cities for LGBT travel in the comments box below.

Why is staying in somebody’s home better than a hotel?

While you may be able to sneak miniature soaps from a hotel, you cannot ever be sure that the hotel you are booking will be LGBT friendly.

Misterb&b is a website which hosts LGBT friendly apartments of locals in the city.

From the best places to eat and drink to the best landmarks to check out, hosts who live in the city will be able to give you another level of intel on the best way to navigate a city.