Torremolinos is one of the main LGTBI destinations in Spain, which is why Pride brings together about 45,000 people each year. Exhibitions, films, lectures and workshops, hiking trails, book presentations, concerts and parties, along with health promotion training, lead the annual program of this event, which has traditionally been on the Torremolinos agenda and is not to be missed.
The Pride Torremolinos is an outdoor protest party and is held every year between the last weekend of May and the first week of June. In 2022, Pride will be held on 6 consecutive days from May 30th to June 4th. Pride Torremolinos is one of the first festive demonstrations taking place in Spain to commemorate June 28th, International Day of LGTBI Pride.
Although most of the activities are concentrated in these six days, the reality is that Torremolinos is considered one of the best gay-friendly destinations, where throughout the year you can enjoy various activities that seek to promote respect, equality and diversity in our city.
Many are unaware that Torremolinos is proud to be a pioneer of diversity in Spain. During the 1960s, our city stood out as an alternative tourist destination and was the first to have a gay bar in Spain; the Toni’s bar in Pasaje Begoña. A few years later, considered the first lesbian bar in Spain; Pourquoi pas?. A commitment to the LGTBI collective that continues and supports all those initiatives that are developed day by day in our city. Fourteen specialized associations, more than 100 shops, mainly located in the Plaza de la Nogalera, the first LGTBI hotel in Andalusia, the Hotel Ritual, are located in Torremolinos.
When something stands out in the Pride program, it is always the manifestation – parade that runs the streets, accompanied by thousands of participants and floats. About 50,000 people gather in the main parade – demonstration in Andalusia. It is usually held on the first Saturday of June, starting at 5pm from the Town Hall. From there it goes on Avenida Rafael Quintana, Calle Europa, Avenida Isabel Manoja, Avenida Palma de Mallorca, Calle Danza Invisible, Calle Casablanca, Calle Marqués de Salamanca, Calle Cruz en to endup in the Cultural Center Pablo Ruiz Picasso.
Once there, the traditional reading of the manifesto is made, that each year is dedicated to a sector. In 2022, it will be in charge of Cloe, in the Cultural Center Pablo Ruiz Picasso.
The six-day festival officially begins on 30 May. The programme includes open-air concerts, cinema, exhibitions, sports activities, health promotion talks and DJ sessions by Spanish and international artists. In addition to the outdoor activities in the Plaza de la Nogalera and Bajondillo Beach, dozens of clubs and bars are organising themed parties to accompany the official programme.
On Wednesday 1st the traditional unfurling of the Rainbow Flag will take place on the balcony of the Town Hall at 12 noon and in the evening, in the Plaza de la Nogalera from 20.30 the opening speech of María Peláe, the Spanish singer-songwriter, whose words will give visibility to the LGTBI collective. After the opening speech and the raising of the flag, the musical entertainment will be provided by Camela, Carmen Hierbabuena, Crazy Boys, Afrodiziack, Sandra Almodóvar, Coca Boom, Cherilyn Divine.
On Thursday 2, there will be performances by artists such as Ángelo Nestore and Rebeca.
On Friday 3rd, different workshops and activities will take place, and there will also be different performances on the Pride stage from 21:00h.
On Saturday 4th, after the big demonstration-parade and the reading of the manifesto in the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Cultural Centre, it will be the turn of different performances on the Pride stage from 21:00, such as Divino and Soraya.
Pride in Torremolinos is just one of the activities organised within the intense programme promoting diversity that is organised throughout the year in Torremolinos, such as those organised within the Carnival, the Drag Gala and the CarniBall, two events organised by Acogat that are giving the start shot for the carnival festivities in our city.
Browse our blog and you will discover that although we always associate it with the beach and summer, Torremolinos is also a cultural and modern destination where you can visit places as original as the Botanical Garden or take a ride on board a “Jábega” a traditional fishing boat.