From: Friday, Jun 24th, 2022
To: Sunday, Jun 26th, 2022
Bilbao Gay Pride 2022
Gay Pride Bilbao takes place in June each year and is billed as a socio-cultural festival that advocates for LGBT visibility and for diversity.
The Basque region’s message is positive, inclusive and welcoming:
everyone can join us because, no matter who or what, love always wins!
The pride is centred around Bilbao Pride Stage (Arenal) with shows and acts taking place nightly from 8pm. Other events include the Football Championship for diversity in sports (men’s and women’s), a family day and a Brunch for diversity in the Gastronomic Route.
The highlight of Bilbao Pride is the parade itself, which is not a traditional parade, but rather a flotialla! On the Saturday of the event at 17:30 boats leave from the estuary of Bilbao (departure: Pio Baroja) and continue along the river. Parties take place on all the boats and they are decorated with bright rainbow colours for all of Bilabo to see!
The bars and clubs of Bilbao will also host parties and events. Bilbao’s lovely little and highly local gay scene itself, mainly centred in the Old Town and the aptly-named San Francisco district just across the river and wrapped around the main train station. By no means everyone will speak English – or Spanish
Hub of northern Spain’s staunchly independent Basque region, Bilbao was a gay Mecca long before the Guggenheim Museum opened its doors
Now with all the fun happening around the gay area that’s where you are going to want to stay,
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
Gay Map of Bilbao
The gay scene centers around the Casco Viejo near the historic “seven streets” of the old city center, and the area between the river and San Frantzisko Kalea (Calle de San Francisco). All points area easily walkable, one from another.
Recommended Apartments in Bilbao
Old Town Cathedral
Located next to the Bilbao Cathedral and the Ribera Market, close to all the bars and restaurants with the best of Basque cuisine and full of old shops and museums, the metro and tram stops are just minutes away
Set in Bilbao, 700 m from Arriaga Theatre, and offers 2 bedrooms, a living room, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher & washing machine, 2 bathrooms with a bath. a terrace, free WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk
Old Town Bilbao
The apartment has 1 bedroom, a living room with a TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower & a balcony with city views, Close to all the bars and restaurants.
The apartment with a patio and city views features 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Close to all the gay bars.
Video Of Bilbao Gay Pride
Bilbao Pride 2017 – long version
Recommended Hotels in Bilbao
After the opening of the Guggenheim, Bilbao’s hotel scene exploded with new venues and refurbishments. These hotels are all located within easy walking distance of Bilbao’s gay district and the best landmarks.
Hotel Meliá Bilbao
5 Star, Luxury
Each luxurious room at the Bilbao has flat-screen TV and a pillow menu. Bathrooms marble floors The hotel’s Aizian Restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2014
NH Collection, 4 Star
This modern hotel is in the heart of Bilbao, by the San Mamés Football Stadium and the Euskalduna Palace. It offers free Wi-Fi, wih free access to a fitness centre.
Hotel Conde Duque
3 Star, Great Location
Set overlooking the Calatrava Bridge on the River Nervión, this hotel is 750 m from Bilbao’s world-famous Guggenheim Museum. Situated in the best located area.
Featuring an iPad and free WiFi throughout, Baps Apartments offers modern accommodation with stylish furniture in Bilbao. The Old Town is a 5 minutes away.
Why you may want a car in Bilbao
Bilbao is an amazing city to explore. When you have finished your visit, consider exploring beyond the centre.
The Painted Forest of Oma about is a 45-minute dive east of Bilbao. Here you will find an open-air art gallery of art painted on the trees by the artist Agustín Ibarrolaan, featuring colourful themes such as human figures and animals.
A one-hour drive from Bilbao and you will arrive at the charming seaside town of Lekeitio; a fishing town with a colourful port, wide sandy beaches and a magnificent Gothic church.
Castro Urdiales is about a 15 minute drive northwest of Bilbao. Its attractions include The church of Santa María, The medieval bridge, The Castle-lLighthouse, The Hermitage of Santa Ana. After all that culture, why not relax on one of two beautiful beaches, Ostende and Brazomar.