Very Moorish: OutUK's Adrian Gillan gets to grips with gay Granada
- Andalusia's historic gem!
Granada is a dramatically-landscaped uni town brimming with young cuties
yet with a rich Moorish past, set amidst the Sierra Nevada mountains, a cool
685 metres above sea level - topped by one of the world's great citadels.|
Also, it's birthplace and home to one of Spain's most famous LGBTs: poet and dramatist
Federico García Lorca.
The Alhambra Hill
Lorca was executed by Franco's fascist homophobes in July 1936,
at the start of the Spanish Civil War. Granada now, mercifully, has much to offer
its visiting queers.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!
Just 50 metres from the world-famous Alhambra, and a mere ten minute walk from
the town centre,
Hotel Guadalupe is hard to beat - a plush,
atmospheric yet great value Andalusian gem. Fab restaurant too.
Spend a day exploring the most stunning Arabic monument in Spain, strewn majestically
across the Alhambra hill - including the Alcazaba fortress, Generalife gardens and
Nasrid Palaces. Dating back to 1238 in parts, it is an exotic Moorish splendour.
Then, meander through the warren of bustling shop-and-café-lined streets in the
Albaicín district, on the hill opposite. And, as darkness falls, tour the gay venues,
some of which cluster - somewhat aptly, given the currently weakened state of Spain's
Catholic Church - just to the side of the Cathedral quarter.
You can read more
about Granada at tourist info site TurGranada.es
No one hits bars or clubs here pre midnight! So take your time at the
one of few gay cafes in Granada that serves good food and wine that's served in ice cold glasses. El Bar De Fede
can be found on Calle Marqués de Falces.
Alternatively, there's Gastro Amieiro a Gay Bar on Calle San Isidro that's popular with a range of guys or
Pub La Sal which attracts a good crowd as it has no loud music in a welcoming gay bar with a cozy, low-lit interior.
Eclipse Pub & Bar is located in Plaza de los Lobos, in the center of the Nasrid city. Eclipse is a place that stands out for its fusion
of tastes, bright colors and for living an experience. Every weekend there are live shows. It's Gay and GayFriendly, with a good atmosphere
and very varied music from famous LGTBI icons, through reggaeton, techno house and more. Eclipse has cocktails, standard and premium drinks.
If you go a few blocks down, across the Plaza de los Lobos into Tic Tac on
Horno de Haza, to soak up its seedy atmosphere and acquaint yourself with
its cruisy reputation - notably the notorious darkroom, crammed with men
of all ages. The bar has a good reputation with a friendly staff and
some drag shows staged on a fairly regular basis.
Patio de Arrayanes in Alhambra, Granada |
Stroll around the corner to XXL on Montalban - a modern, stylish yet
bear-dominated bar nearby. If your feet are tapping, then pop back to
Tendillas de Santa Paula, and enter 6 Colours - a relatively recent
addition to Granada's gay scene, with a colorful, young,
trendy, dancy pre-club crowd. It's become of the main gay clubbing joints
in town cum the weekend!
Still restless? Then hit Sauna Delfín (Antigua Géminis) on Santa Cruz, not far from the train
station - for its videos, cabins, café, dark room, steamer and dry sauna.
Open Mon-Sat 4pm-10pm; and Sun 12-10pm.
They operate a number of special fetish nights and there's often reduction for
any of the guys under 25.
Beautiful Building near Snowy Mountains
Photo: Julio GM
Cruising Club Septimocielo kind of lives up to its name. This popular nightclub is a 4-min walk from the Granada Cathedral, and hosts
naked and theme nights on a regular basis which include latex, leather and underwear only.
X Cinema Room is a movie theatre found on Calle Buenos Aires. They have a mixture of gay and straight films
and events attracting a wide range of people with somewhat differing tastes!
Otherwise, the two top cruising areas in Granada are the railway station,
mainly the gents; and nearby Jardines de Triunfo - a sloping park at the
intersection of the city's two largest streets, Gran Via and Avenida de la Constitution,
fairly busy in its lower stretches cum night.
THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK
Cruising Club Septimocielo (C. Duquesa 3 -bajo; T: +34 644 95 92 58)
Eclipse Pub & Bar (Pl. de los Lobos 9; T: +34 666 30 15 77; Instagram)
El Bar De Fede (C. Marqués de Falces 1; T: +34 958 28 88 14)
Gastro Amieiro (C. San Isidro 20; T: +34 638 37 30 04)
Hotel Guadalupe (Paseo de la Sabika; T: +34 958 22 34 23; Book Online)
Pub La Sal (C. Sta. Paula 11; T: +34 958 27 64 55; facebook)
Sauna Delfín - Antigua Géminis (Santa Cruz, 2; T: +34 958 80 51 26; facebook)
6 Colours (Tendillas de Santa Paula, 6; no phone)
Tic Tac (Horno de Haza, 19; T: +34 958 29 63 66; Instagram)
X Cinema Room (C. Buenos Aires 7; T: +34 858 81 12 16; Website)
XXL (Montalban, 13; T: +34 698 70 23 92; facebook)
Revised April 2023