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Gay Guide Barcelona
Barcelona is the vibrant capital of Catalonia. Its distinctive culture is clearly seen in its art, language and way of life. Gay people are confident but not in a flashy way. The scene has everything you would expect from a major city. You'll find the oldest gay bars tucked away in the narrow alleyways of the old quarter around the Ramblas. In the nineteenth-century Eixample, laid out in a grid when the city was enlarged, you'll find the so-called Gaixample; here you'll find the most contemporary designer bars for modern gays, and, impressively, the first ever straight-friendly conference hotel! It's so modern in fact that with a few exceptions, bars and clubs are not exclusively gay. Everything is open to everyone, so that while the following listings are essentially gay, in fact there are many more available things to do, and these should be researched in bigger local publications. Lately, new sex clubs emerge in the area around the Poble Sec which complement well with the traditional cruising area of Montjüic.