Did you know that…
…the term “cruising” refers to a gay bar on the Route 66 in the US? The bar was called “Booze n’ Cruise”. The word “cruise” started to be used in the 70’s as an informal code that homosexuals used to identify themselves in a discrete way. Later on, the meaning of the word changed and it adopted its current meaning. Nowadays “cruising” refers to finding a sexual partner in an anonymous discrete and completely free way in public spaces, isolated from other people’s gaze.
We present our Top 6 of cruising areas in Barcelona:
6-. Dark rooms in clubs
Two of the main gay clubs in Barcelona: Metro and Arena Madre have a dark room. It is very easy, after some booze, to get into its dark corners, where you will suddenly be covered by the caresses from different hands or the kisses from different lips. Unfortunately, unlike most of the cruising areas in public spaces, the darkness from the darkrooms doesn’t allow to see who you have in front of you. Therefore, it is always a bit of a risky adventure to go into darkrooms. Nevertheless, the same fact could be that extra thing that turns on even more some other people. By the way, always have an eye of your personal belongings! Keep always (ALWAYS) in mind that there are some people that take advantage of the same darkness and craziness to steal. Try to give your friends your wallet and your phone before going into the dark room.
Toilets in malls have always been common meeting points for cruising. Thus, there are some malls like Illa Diagonal, Glòries or the different Corte Inglés stores in which male individuals are always to be found lurking for some other men to have some action with. It is important to know that, historically, one of the most popular cruising areas in Barcelona was in the toilets of El Corte Inglés at Plaza Catalunya. Whether it is an urban legend or not, it is said that the toilets on the women’s floor were a cruising area for a lot of men. But, why the women’s floor? Because, as the housewives were trying their clothes on, their husbands would dash into the bathrooms and play around with some other men. They definitely came out of the toilets with a huge smile!
Nowadays, young people have another very popular cruising area just crossing the street. The toilets in the Apple Store, where a lot of men go to ease tensions. That’s right, you’ve heard it right, the Apple Store. Unbelievable, isn’t it?
4-. The Waterfall in the Parc de la Ciutadella
This park is also used as a cruising area, especially, the back part of the wonderful fountain in the park. Right after twilight, this magical place becomes very active in terms of masculine activity, just behind the fountain, a quiet place that is out of the visitors and the tourist’s sight. But don’t go there too late, since the park closes at night.
3-. University of Barcelona
There’s a Spanish saying that says: “youth divine treasure!” Who would ever deny that a young man’s body shows enviable physical qualities? Due to its closeness to the city center and of course to the vitality of the new generations of students, the toilets at the UB (University of Barcelona) in the faculties that are located at Plaza Universitat have become another cruising are in the city, both in the new and the old buildings. Just keep one thing in mind: going to this cruising area doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to get a young college man, since a lot of mature men often come to this area looking for some college men.
2-. Mar Bella Beach
This beach is certainly Barcelona’s gay beach. It doesn’t only have a gay beach bar, called Begay, but it is also one of the best nudist beaches in Barcelona. All kinds of gays, local and no local, come here to swim a bit and to show off their bodies (and to admire as well, obviously). During the day, the activity in the toilets is non-stop and at the end of the day, the area covered with bushes, just next to the nudist beach, plays an important role when the darkness invites all adventurous people to enjoy other pleasures.
1-. Montjuic, the Olympic mountain
Finally, our first place goes to the most important and most popular cruising area in Barcelona: the Montjuic Mountain. For this reason, it could be said that the Olympic mountain of the city is perfect for all kinds of sports, including sex. It is ideal for those who have a car, for those young couples or for those adventurous that want to try their luck. This area suits all needs, since it is an area that is a bit isolated from the city (but, at the same time, in the middle of it), it is full of different parks and hidden corners where you can hide. It is ideal for those who want a sporadic lover.
Obviously, even if it is out of this ranking, you can’t forget the Eixample (better known as Gayxample of Barcelona), the famous gay district of Barcelona in which you can find curious gay men walking around 24/7, looking at each other. Sometimes, just crossing the street is needed in order to find love or passion, with a simple suggesting look.
We hope you are lucky and find a good company if you decide to visit one of these cruising areas, we even know people that have met their other half in a cruising area. So everything is possible!