We caught up with Luis Canuto of LGBTQ travel specialists Spain Seven Degrees to talk vacations, expeditions, and adventures.
Why did you decide to establish a travel agency that specialised in LGBTQ travel?
Each LGBTQ traveller is different. That’s why doing generalist tours that fit all the members of your group is very complicated. In the past, we’ve done tours in Spain with very different people - although people have had a great time, we realised that people have a better time if they have things in common with the rest.
In our case, we’ve transferred our passions to our specialised tours – sport, yoga, meeting, party, laughing, surfing, meditation, organic food, and the Mediterranean.
At the moment we offer five different tours, but we also offer tailored trips that we adapt to the needs and preferences of each client. We offer more than 3,500 distinct, 100 percent personalised experiences – relaxing, fun, cultural, foodie, adventure, mindfulness – in 15 LGBTQ-friendly cities in Spain.
Isn’t Spain a fairly easy destination for LGBTQ travellers to navigate?
Any city in the first-world is easy to discover by yourself. But when I travel, I really want to know the place, to live like a local, to discover places that don’t appear on TripAdvisor. I want to breathe the real atmosphere of the city. We have a ‘Local Friend’ in each destination - it’s someone who knows the LGBTQ life of the city. Having someone with local knowledge gives you a completely different experience.
Who is your target market for your travel services?
Our target is anyone who respects the LGTBQ collective and wants to have a new, unique experience that you’ll remember forever.
Do you need to be able to speak Spanish in order to be able to travel in Spain?
Not at all. Obviously, it’s more fun if you can communicate a bit, but the majority of Spanish people under the age of fifty can speak English.
What are some of the main queer destinations and events in Spain that are always popular?
From the Pride celebrations in Madrid, Maspalomas, and Torremolinos, to Circuit in Barcelona, and Bear week in Sitges. We have an amazing variety to offer.
What are some of the destinations or experiences in Spain that gay travellers may not yet have discovered?
Some of the less-visited cities are places such as San Sebastián, Cádiz, or La Rioja. We can show you why these destinations are unforgettable.
If someone was visiting Spain on vacation, what’s the best way to meet local guys?
Come with the right attitude. Spaniards are very open, and we like to talk to everyone. Be friendly and outgoing and enjoy the best of what Spain has to offer!
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