What can be said – Gran Canaria is Europe’s number one gay holiday hot spot!
The gay life on the island, especially in the south has fully found its place. Yumbo centre , the largest entertainment centre is gay orientated, with dozens of gay bars and discotheques. Maybe it’s because of the perfect all year round hot climate, beaches which stretch on for miles or simply because the gay nightlife is fabulous for those who want to party all night…
By day the Yumbo Centre is your average Spanish shopping centre but by early evening the restaurants are in full swing and there is none of the “can’t eat before 9pm” of many Spanish resorts. Around this time, the boarded up shops mysteriously become gay bars and clubs, gay rainbows abound and suddenly there are rather more – well, in fact, a lot more boys out and about – and all in party mood. Famous as the Yumbo is, the City Centre just off the main route back to Playa from the Dunes has an increasing number of gay bars and cafes, ideal for a cooling drink on the way back from the beach. By night, the basement transforms into a network of cruise and dance clubs which are popular with the British community.
Maspalomas Dunes is easily reached from the centre of Playa del Ingles with the start being around a 15 minute walk away. Whilst the dunes are attractive and attract their fair share of boys, it’s the beach bar around kiosk No. 7 – around 20 minutes walk across the dunes or 10 minutes from the El Faro taxi rank – where the rainbow flags fly high and proud that most boys mingle.
If you want a beach by day, clubbing by night holiday then Gran Canaria is just your ticket – restrained it isn’t but welcoming to all it is.
Many gays from all over the world visit the warm and sunny island. Naturally the different accommodations anticipated on this, you can find several gay-only accommodations on the island, of course you can find gay-friendly accommodations as well. So you just can be yourself and no need to worry about what other people will think.
Although going out on the island is fantastic, the island has much more to offer, Throughout the entire year the dunes and the beaches are very popular. On the nude beach there is a separate gay area. Here you can enjoy the sun, listen to the music and see the beautiful mountains.,. So you can see that the island has much more to offer. Because Gran Canaria is stated on the same geographical line as the south of Morocco, you can enjoy the wonderful climate of the island all seasons. In December during daytime the temperate is approximately 24 degrees Celsius and in July it’s around the 30 degrees, with a delicious sea breeze.
Furthermore the mountains are a forgotten place, probably because the south has already so much to offer. A day trip to the mountains is certainly recommendable. The Canary Islands are from nature volcanic islands, you can see the rough beauty clearly in the mountains. Since the end of the 14th century the Canary Islands belong to Spain, so Spanish is the main language on the island. When you go to the highest point of the island ((1949 meters) you will find rough mountains, valley with palm trees and needle forests. And with a clear view you can see the top of Tenerife, which is with 3700 meters the highest mountain of Spain.
Gran Canaria Gay Accommodation.
If you’re a first-time gay visitor and want easy access to the gay beach and nightlife, you’re probably best-advised to stay in either Playa del Ingles or Maspalomas.
Many travel agents offer packages to other resorts such as Puerto Rico (which is still very popular with British tourists, though much of its tourist facilities need refurbishing); but these don’t have any real gay life and are very much aimed at families with children: we don’t recommend that you stay there..
Many gay bars don’t really come alive until around midnight, and the clubs get going even later. Drinks prices vary considerably from bar to bar, but all have one thing in common – measures of spirits are normally large, and it’s easy to end up drinking more than you realise..
There are a number of gay bungalow complexes in both areas – some such as Villas Blancas are men-only and allow nude sunbathing – and these are good places to stay if you’ve never visited before.
Playa del Inglés
As most gay life is centred on the Yumbo Centre, the City Centre and the Avenida de Tirajana, you may want to choose somewhere nearby. You will probably want to avoid staying near the Kasbah Centre, as this is the main area for young straight nightlife.
At Gayaway2 we have a wide range of Gay Exclusive properties for men only and some for women only, as well as gay friendly apartments, hotels from budget to boutique and 5*
Gay Pride Maspalomas 2013
Gay Pride Maspalomas is one of the best, largest and most fun Prides in the world! The next edition of the Gay Pride Maspalomas will be organised from 4 till 12 of May 2013 with the theme “Travel back to the Future”.
Second only to Madrid, Gay Pride Maspalomas is Spain’s premier pink party. For one week only this already banging hotspot becomes the epicentre of all things fabulous. From the cute to the quirky, to the downright naughty – it’s all here and more. Centring round the famous Yumbo Centre, expect a programme of parties, processions and political events. With such a jam-packed agenda, it’s hard to pick one standout feature, but the main parade on Saturday definitely demands its own spotlight. Thousands of gay men and women will hit the streets in Playa del Ingles and party their way through town. Bare chests, eight-inch heels and jaw-droppingly glamorous outfits – it’s a fantasy carnival come to life.
From foam parties to men only and women only pool parties and nightly entertainment and various shows – Maspalomas pride is one pride you got to experience! Check out our fantastic offers at Gayaway2 Travel, but advise book early as places fill up fast.