A GUIDE TO GAY-FRIENDLY MALTA
For the third consecutive year, Malta earned first place in the International Lesbian-Gay Association’s ‘Rainbow Europe’s league for LGBT rights in 2018. A whopping 65% of the population are in favour of same-sex marriage, up from 18% just over ten years ago, showcasing just how quickly the beautiful island of Malta has climbed to the top of the must-see LGBT+ destinations. Such progress has meant that a flourishing LGBT+ scene now exists on the island and as such, a trip to this sunny isle (and cultural capital) should be on your bucket list this 2019.
THE GAY SCENE
It’s important to remember that as a small island, Malta doesn’t have an abundance of specific LGBT+ bars that you may find elsewhere. With that in mind, this isle is renowned for being one of the most gay-friendly in Europe, meaning pretty much everywhere is accommodating for the visiting LGBT+ community. Whether you’re seeking lively bars and clubs, local restaurants, or want to discover the landmarks, our guide to the most popular things to see and do in Malta is sure to come in handy…
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TOP GAY EVENTS
The Malta Pride 2019 March takes place on Saturday, September 14th, at Triton Square in Valletta. Alongside the march, which includes your usual mix of colourful floats, is the after-Pride dance party, featuring top local & international DJ’s and performers. Why not make the most of this jam-packed calendar by booking holidays to Malta, and take in the events either side of the main march?
GAY BARS & CLUBS
Being a small island, there’s no need for a specific LGBT+ hub, however this doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of buzzing gay-friendly bars to explore across the resort. One of the latest additions to the Maltese LGBT+ nightlife scene is the Michelangelo Club, which is spread out over two levels and features a state-of-the-art sound system and chill out zones. The Birdcage Lounge and Lollipop are also big favourites. For more general fun into the wee small hours, head to Paceville (locally nicknamed “Partyville”) to enjoy the best of the islands nightlife. Alternatively, why not check out one of the S2S events, where local and foreign artists appear at different venues throughout the summer - all with a different theme! There is also the monthly parties at the Prestige Malta Club hosted by Halleloo which is always popular with locals and tourists.