Friday 9 December 2016

Wedding Pride: Honeymooners

Published 09/07/2015 | 02:30

Early morning view of church at sea beach. Sitges

5 LGBTQ destinations for a fab honeymoon

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Eviva España

This year Ireland voted 'yes' to same-sex weddings but did you know that they have been legal in Spain for 10 years? The Iberian nation boasts a rich LGBTQ heritage and offers its visitors a fantastic mix of coastal resorts, historic cities, nature, nightlife and so much more. Top tip: visit Sitges, which lies about 35km southwest of Barcelona. The town is renowned worldwide for its Film Festival and Carnival and is a very popular holiday destination for same-sex couples.

Pink in Paris

Ah Paris, arguably the most romantic city in the world. How better to celebrate your marriage than to enjoy fine wine, food and art in the city of love? If that weren't enough, the thriving gay nightlife and fashion scene keep this city's pulse positively pink. Plus, France passed gay marriage back in 2013, yet another reason to plan your honeymoon here.

California here we come

California played a big role and helped to make LGBTQ marriage legal in the USA. The state's laid-back attitude and sunny climate make it an ideal honeymoon destination for all.

Why not go all out and head for San Francisco - arguably the gay capital of America? Whether you're looking for award-winning restaurants, a crazy night on the town or a perfect romantic getaway, San Francisco has it all. There are gay-friendly bars (there are over 60 of them!), restaurants and businesses are sprinkled throughout nearly every corner of the city.

Arrive in Argentina

Here's one slightly out of left-field. While it's fair to say that not many Irish couples head off on their honeymoon to Argentina, didn't your mother always tell you to try new things?

Argentina approved same-sex marriage five years ago and is one of the most affordable destinations in the Americas. The country has a strong heritage of art, cuisine, and wines. Start your honeymoon in the sultry capital of Buenos Aires, where there is so much to see and do. In this city you will find a mix between the elegance of the Europe capitals and the spirit of South America. The Marcha del Orgullo Gay (Gay Pride Parade) in November gets bigger every year, and you'll find gay-friendly establishments in city districts like San Telmo, Retiro, Barrio Norte and Palermo Viejo.

African adventure

South Africa is the lone African country that has banned gay discrimination and recognises same-sex marriage. It is safe to say that the city of Cape Town has a lot to offer including fine dining, scenic drives, surfing, penguins, and fine wine. Cape Town is known as 'Pink City' or the gay capital of Africa. And, did you know that, in 2016, the city will host the 33rd Annual International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Global Convention? All the more reason to embark on an African honeymoon!

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