Gay Week 14 -21 March 2014 - see
Gay Pride 2014: 19th May 2014 -
See website for further details of events
Gay Mardi Gras which is usually on a Friday and Saturday
towards the middle of the month. The 2 main events are the
drag competition on the Friday night and the parade through
Playa del Ingles on the Saturday day time.
is celebrated every year during the second week of May drawing
at least 100.000 LGTB people from all over the world. It
is known as well for its fun and beach touch....... Moreover
we highlight the fact the are so many pool parties that
takes place in almost all gay accommodation bungalows and
hotels and the big carnival taking place in the main avenure
called Avenida de Tirajana
Carnival 2014 - Faunaval - 7th - 16th March 2014
year between the end of February and the middle of March,
Maspalomas gets a colorful exhibition to celebrate its famous
carnivals. During the following weeks there are shows, festivals,
floats and parties all over the place filling the roads
with thousands of people in their carnival costumes and
dancing to the latin beat making it a very contagious atmosphere
for fun fun and liberty. Major events takes place on the
main stage in the Yumbo Centrum. One of the most outrageous
known shows is the drag queen night with international interests.
The theme of Maspalomas Carnival 2014 has been announced
as 'Faunaval' inspired by Gran Canaria's flora and fauna.
The 'Faunaval' will take place from 7th - 16th March 2014
in and around Playa del Ingles and is expected to be a jungle
of events and festivities! The dates have been released
ahead of time, so that tourists can plan their visit to
Gran Canaria around Carnival season. (full program of events
will be added to this post nearer to the time, but be ready
for a huge parade!)
Centre Gay info
Canaria is without a doubt Europe's number one gay winter holiday
destination. Situated off the coast of Morocco, Gran Canaria is
one of the Canary Islands and, along with Tenerife, Fuerteventura
and Lanzarote are very popular holiday destinations for British
holidaymakers. Like all the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria was formed
by volcanic activity. As it's name suggests Gran Canaria is the
largest of the canary islands and the most popular island for
gay men. The island is Spanish territory with English and German
Located just 4 hours from most UK airports, it's a year round
destination with temperatures rarely falling below 70F, even during
our winter months. During our summer months, the average temperature
is about 85F!
The Island is spilt into two very different parts - the northern
sub-tropical areas that include the city of Las Palmas, the capital
of Gran Canaria, and the arid parts of the South that include
the major resorts of Playa del Ingles and Maspolomas.
Playa del Ingles and Maspolomas are where you'll find most of
the gay-related and tourist places of interest - the area caters
towards the gay traveller by offering exclusively gay accommodation,
bars, clubs, discos, restaurants and excellent gay beaches!
accurate the main gay holiday resorts on Gran Canaria are Playa
Des Ingles and Maspaplomas. Playa Des Ingles (English Beach) is
Spain's largest tourist resort but, don't let that put you off.
The majority of the gay bars/clubs are situated in and around the
Center (Playa) which it where the majority of the evening's
entertainment takes place. The main reason for going to the Canaries
is that it enables you to escape the miserable British winter and
get some warm winter sun, at a reasonable price, in a gay friendly
environment. This guide will concentrate on the two resorts of Playa
Des Ingles, Maspalomas and the Yumbo
such a popular holiday destination there are many cheap flights/packages
to The Canaries. Flight time from the UK is around 4 hours and
the clocks are the same as UK time so no jet lag problems. Most
holiday companies offer packages to Gran Canaria and the other
Canary Islands. Flight only start from as little as a £100
and a one week self catering package from around £300. There
are cheaper packages available but you'll probably end up in some
tower block. Ps If you're offered the Korona Rocha hotel I wouldn't
bother, it seems to be the one place that always seems to have
vacancies and you can probably guess why.
For the complete package of flights and accommodation your best
bet is to check out some of the offers available from Sensations
Holidays who specialise in gay holiday packages to Gran Canaria
and other popular European gay holiday destinations.
€. around €1.5 to a £1;. There are cash machines
on the island which take Visa, Mastercard, Cirrus (allowing you
to withdraw money from your current account).
island is well served by buses serving the beaches, however the
most common method of transport are taxis. These are cheap and plentiful.
It costs around £3 from Maspalomas to the Yumbo
Centre in Playa. When you go out in the evenings just ask the
reception desk at the hotel or apartment where you are staying to
call you one.
Bars / Nightlife
got the impression that there were less people around than in previous
years although the bars filled up as the week progressed. As I mentioned
before The Yumbo, a vaste shopping centre during the day transforms
itself into a heaving mass of gay bars in the evening. We've been
coming here for 5 years on and off and that perhaps the problem.
Familiarity breeds discontent. The place is trashy and yet quite
fun. Gay bars of every description are there to tempt the punters.
The transformation from a family shopping centre into a gay mecca
is quite astonishing. In fact with their shutters down it is often
easy miss the bars during the day. However in the evening as the
families go home and the queens come out to play. Most people head
for the Yumbo centre around 10pm and work their way around the various
bars. Humbel Humbel is very popular and serves very reasonably prized
drinks. Enough to keep a "girl" happy anyway.
As the evening progresses the crowd tends to congregate on the
top level of the Yumbo
centre where you will find a younger trendier crowd. The main
bars on on the top level are Tybos, The Mykonos Bar, And Why Not,
and finally Metropolis which is a large bar with a dance floor.
Both Metropolis and Mykonos bar have popular dark rooms where
unmentionables go on. Don't forget moderation at all times and
certainly safer sex all round. Some of those Spanish boyz do tend
to get carried away.
dogs." Be careful when you go out in the evenings to
just take the money to need and try to leave credit card at home
especially is you go in the dark rooms. You may think you're in
for a treat when someone starts fumbling with your zip but half
the time the only thing you'll be relieved of is your wallet/credit
cards. And that would definately bugger up your holiday.
Around 3am the crowd moves onto the other side of the Yumbo centre
where you will find the XL Club and Kings. Although Kings was
traditionally the most popular of the two clubs, over the last
couple of year XL seems to have stolen the lead in popularity
with its mix of popular dance tracks blasting out over the dance
floor. The is also a large seating area outside both bars where
people sit, chat, cruise or generally loiter before they decide
enough is enough andventure
back to their "virgin couches".
is a huge variety of accommodation available. Playa is more built
up with a large number of large hotels from 5* down to your average
2/3 star self catering hotel block. Playa is often refered to
as Maspalomas has more "chalet-type" apartments, some of which
operate on a time share basis. Maspalomas seems to get slighty
better weather as its not so close to the mountains as Playa.
If your going to spend your evenings in the Yumbo
Center you might try and request hotel accommodation close
to that. However taxis are cheap and plentiful and its only around
5 euros or £3.5 from one resort to the next.
Blancas-Magnolias Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
resort exclusively for men. Self-contained 1 bedroom bungalows
situated near the dunes and gay beach at Maspalomas, Gran
Canaria. Gay night-life at Playa Del Ingles only a five minute
taxi ride away.
Avenida Tjaereborg, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria,
Tel: +34 902 168 169, Fax: +34 902 268 269,
here Email: email@example.com
Tirajana, 32 (Entrance on Timple Street) 35100 Playa
Las Palmas Gran Canaria
Fax (+34) 928773512
1.5 km of Maspalomas's sand dunes, AxelBeach Maspalomas
features an outdoor pool, gym and tennis court.
The new AxelBeach Maspalomas - Apartments & Lounge Club
offers the best experience and fun of the island with the
best atmosphere, facilities and leisure so you can enjoy
your holiday in Gran Canaria, both day and night.
in Maspalomas, just 1.5 km from the sea, the new AxelBeach
Maspalomas has 92 modern apartments, distributed over 4
floors and perfectly equipped to provide the maximum comfort
and convenience. The complex, for adults only, has also
several leisure areas conceived and designed exclusively
for you to find the Axel cool atmosphere and the most cospomolitan
we can find the Sky Bar, the most crowded space in Axel
and ready to live moments of fun, with a great outdoor pool
in which you can refresh, sunbathing and disconnect in the
sun loungers, moreover you can attend the best events and
parties we organize throughout the season. A few meters
away there is the Axel Lounge Garden, located in a large
and pleasant garden area surrounded by Palm trees that make
it the ideal place to relax and escape from the world. If
you are a fitness addicted, the hotel has an own tennis
track in the same facilities, this is your place along with
the Axel Wellness, a fully equipped gym with dry and wet
saunas and massage cabins to shape your body and chill your
mind. Axel Wellness will give you the chance to meet new
people and socialize as it's usual at the Axel Hotels.
Maspalomas offers free Wi-fi connection in the public areas
as well as car and bike rental service. Heterofriendly.
availability and get discount prices with
Escondidas San Agustin, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
Private Villa with Solar Heated Pool in Gran Canaria. A
newly built 3 bed-roomed villa with its own private pool
situated 15 minutes from the airport in the exclusive area
of San Agustin, Masplaomas.
The villa is just a short walk from all local facilities,
which include three supermarkets, restaurants, car rental,
bus stops and taxi services. The small bay of San Agustin
provides a safe beach with calm waters and is reached by
strolling to the end of the road.San Agustin is mostly residential
and is therefore quieter than Playa Del Ingles and Puerto
Rico affording you the opportunity of a very relaxing environment
in which to spend your holiday.
Should you wish to take advantage of the nightlife at Playa
Del Ingles, the Yumbo Centre and Maspalomas they are just
a 5 minute taxi ride away.
San Agustin, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain
Tel: UK +44 (0)7778 146910, Fax: UK +44 (0)20
here Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gay Hotel and Travel Guide (www.gaytravel.co.uk/ www.gayhotel.co.uk)
is the UK's leading directory of worldwide gay friendly accommodation..
here to advertise you hotel/villa/travel agency on this page.
Del Ingles - Gay Bars and clubs
Retox. Popular trendy new gay bar just a short walk away
from the Yumbo Centre. Open from 6.30pm to 2am daily. Great
cocktails, drinks, 2 video screens playing different music
every night. Website www.detoxretox.com
de Tirajana 9, Edificio Tenesor local 4, 35100 Playa del InglÚs/
Tel: +34 928 767 459
Bar - The only lesbian bar in the Jumbo Centre.
floor,Yumbo centre.Near Cafe Eden, opp Veuvettes. Email
will be adding new bars shortly.
must be joking. If you want a day out sightseeing the north of the
island tends to be more lucious. The are also plently of shops in
the capital Las Palmas including a Marks and Spencers in case you
may have lost any underwear on your travels.
are many restaurants in the Yumbo centre catering for a variety
of tastes from steak and chips to traditional spanish tourist fare
such as Paella. For those of you self catering there is a very reasonably
prices supermarket in the middle of the Yumbo centre. Its situated
on the middle level right in the centre of the complex. It sells
cheap spirits and food for those queens that don't live solely on
booze and cigarettes.
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are a number of cyber-cafes situated in Playa des Ingles and a number
of the bars have Net machines which cost around 500 ptas for five
minutes use, enough to check your email or send a quick message
as you have a dual band mobile phone and informed your service provider
before you leave home you shouldn't have any problem. Certainly
phones using TMobile and Vodafone networks switched across to the
local with any problems as all. We actually found having a mobile
essential if there are a large group of you travelling and not everyone
is staying in the same apartments. Remember though when someone
calls you on your mobile overseas you also pay for the incoming
call (around 80p/minute) so don't get carried away.
gay beach is situated about a mile along Maspalomas beach on the
southern tip of the island. There are plenty of buses or cheap taxis
which will take you down to the lighthouse at one end. Walk through
the shops and then trek along the beach for about a mile until you
see the queens congregated en masse. In the evening people often
walk back across the sand dunes towards Playa. Here the phrase "feeling
like Mary's donkey" comes into its own. Its a fair ole trek across
soft sand. For those people wishing to toast their "buns", nude
sunbathing is also allowed on the beaches.
Week and Gay Pride
Gran Canaria makes a fine holiday destination throughout the winter
months we have traditionally tried to plan our holiday to coincide
with the carnival week that takes places in the first week of
March. The carnival itself runs over two weeks although the second
week is the highlight with a huge Drag queen competition. The
are also spanish groups entertaining the crowds. The local population
turns out in force as well to celebrate carnival. The week finishes
with a parade through the town on the Saturday afternoon, an all
night open air party and then a firework display on the Sunday
night when they set fire to a large sardine which will apparently
bring the island good luck during the year ahead. The whole thing
is very camp with lots of dressing up, attractive spanish boys
in costumes mixing with outrageous drag queens. The beauty is
the spanish don't even bat an eyelid as everyone is basically
there for a huge piss up. Try and make it that week. It certainly
adds something to the holiday.
Pride Weekend is 5th - 11th May 2010. The Maspalomas
Gay Pride weekend is increasing in popularity and is to be
recommended if you're looking to fit in a spring weekend break.
2010 Maspalomas Carnival week takes place from 24th February
- 3rd March
The annual carnival in the resort town of Maspalomas, on Gran
Canaria, features a drag queen competition, a parade and a show,
as well as many other events. There are fiestas everywhere in
town, although the main venue is the Yumbo Shopping Centre in
Playa del InglÚs.
/ Duty Free
other advantage of coming to the Canaries is the cheap shopping.
Like the other island, Gran Canaria is so called tax free meaning
prices of luxury goods such as electrical, perfums and alcohol are
sufficently cheaper than in the UK. Shopping for booze is easy.
Just head into one of the large supermarkets and take your pick.
With perfum and electricals bargains are to be had but don't accept
the price on the shelf or the first price you are quoted. Everything
is up for negotiation which you may hate or see as a challenge.
Be prepared to walk away if you're not happy with a price. The salesperson
will normally come back with a better offer. Although part of Spain,
the Canary Islands are classed as being outside Europe. You are
therefore allowed to buy duty free cigarettes and booze at the airport
before you leave but given the islands are tax free themselves you
probably find it cheaper to buy stuff when you get there.
best bet is a wander in the sand dunes (behind the gay beach) in
the late afternoon. Don't forget the sun block. Swimming trunks
optional. If you're desperate the dark rooms are alway there although
there are so many gay men out at night if should be too hard to
flash those lashes and attract company.
up Playa des Ingles is basically trash and tower blocks and is commonly
refered as Brimingham is the sun.
Yes there is a large gay scene but one that harks back to London
in the early 90's. Trashy bars that quite happily take you money
without with fair expensive drinks although some bars downstairs
in the Yumbo are more reasonable.
We went carnival week in Maspalomas which runs in the first week
of March each year. The main events concentrated around the Yumbo,
that vaste unsightly shopping centre which houses the majority
of the gay bars.
In its favour Gran Canaria like the rest of the Canaries offers
a sunny break away from the cold british winter nights and if
you go with a group of friends it can be a lot of fun. If you're
visiting Gran Canaria this year let
us know how you get on.
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