Two year countdown for the Valencia Gay Games 2026

LGBTQIA+ rowers wearing pink in a white boat for the Valencia Gay Games 2026.
Credit: Valencia Gay Games

It’s two years until the 2026 Gay Games will be held in the Spanish city of Valencia. 

This June marks two years until the LGBTQIA+ world will descend on Valencia for the 12th edition of the Gay Games. 

Valencia was selected as the host city in 2021 with games organisers praising Spain’s progressive human rights law for LGBTQ+ people.

The city itself was also a positive. The Spanish city of around 1-2 million people is big enough to host the thousands of visitors expected while also being small enough to get around on foot and other transport easily. 

It’s a flat and bicycle-friendly city with 89% of the venues less than 5km from the gay village of the city.  

Sports on offer

The queer multi-sport club Samarucs, which has been running for 18 years, will be assisting with the organisation of the event. 

There will be over 30 sports on offer in the field of: 

  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Beach Voleyball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Colpbol
  • Dance Sport
  • E-Sports
  • Field Hockey
  • Figure Skating
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Golf
  • Martial Arts
  • Quadball
  • Rowin
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathon
  • Valencia Pilota
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling 

In addition to sports, a multitude of other arts and cultural events (plus a party or two!) will take place. 

The city is stunning!

The city itself has plenty to offer athletes and visitors alike.

It’s a vibrant, cosmopolitan coastal city surrounded by orange orchards and sunny beaches. It is Spain’s third-largest city and enjoys year-round sunshine.

Once the capital of its own Kingdom, this medieval city offers incredible architecture, culture and nightlife.

Tourist highlights include the historic quarter, the Art Nouveau markets Mercado Centra, Turia Gardens and the ultra-futuristic City of Arts and Science. 

Valencia City of Arts and Sciences
Credit: Spain.Info

Find out more

So whether you are in full training for the Gay Games or whether you want to visit Valencia beforehand, it’s a city well worth discovering. 

Make 2024 your year to visit Spain! Visit to find out more, download the LGBTQIA+ brochure or speak to your travel agent.

Read next:

Spain: The top five LGBTQIA+ places to visit 

The Spanish pride events not to miss in 2024

Torremolinos: Spain’s small city with a big LGBTQIA+ heart

The Yumbo: A unique Spanish LGBTQIA+ tourist destination


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