Situated off the coast of Africa, Tenerife is one of the Canary
Islands and, along with Cran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote
are very popular holiday destinations for British holidaymakers.
Like all the Canary Islands, Tenerife was formed by volcanic
activity. The island itself is dominated by Mount Teide (Spain's
highest peak) and the world fourth largest volcano. The island
is part of Spanish territory with English and German widely
The volcano affects the climate with the southern half of the
island (resorts - Playa de las Americas, Los Christianos) being
very hot, dry and sunny whereas the top half of the island is
cooler, more tropical with Banana plantations surrounding the
resort of Puerto de la Cruz.
Gran Canaria has long been an established gay destination, Tenerife
has far fewer gay bars in either of the main resort areas although
it can be said the gay scene is thriving in the south in Playa
De Las Americas and in the north in Puerto De La Cruz. (We recently
updated our Tenerife gay bar / business listings - see below).
However this is made up by far more impressive scenery, picturesque
towns, etc. It is also a more restful holiday destination, so
if you've had your fill of London nightlife for a while and
want a cheap sunny break then Tenerife may be for you. See also
Gay Bars, Hotel
Accommodation, Gay Beaching / Cruising
Areas, Gay Saunas
there /getting around: Being such a popular holiday destination
there are many cheap
flights/packages to Tenerife. 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 Tenerife and the other Canary
we hired a car, the resorts aren't that big so we walked most of the
time. If you thinking of going out drinking and who isn't, taxis are
very cheap (around £2 from Los Christianos to Las Americas). There
are buses from the resorts to the airport and around the island.
Currently around 1.20 Euros to a £1. There are cash machines on
the island (main resorts/some petrol stations/shopping centres) which
take Visa, Mastercard etc (allowing you to withdraw money from your
current account). The pound is strong so prices are very good value
Accommodation: There are loads of hotels on
Tenerife and even more being built. Most visitors will have booked a
complete package flights and accommodation. Try to ensure the transfers
to the resorts are included as although there are two airports, its
still a good taxi ride to the resorts. The hotels vary in quality. Most
are purpose built montrosities built to house the masses. However there
are some smarter glitzy American type hotels built at the posh end of
Playa de las Americas, which statuettes, pyramids fancy fountains. Very
Joan Collins/ very Las Vegas (although on a much smaller scale).
is where we stayed. It was originally a fishing village that has been
developed into a fairly large tourist resort. There is still a half
decent town centre with lots of shops selling cheap electrical goods,
aftershave and perfums as well as normal tourist fodder. The beaches
are man made although swept clean every night. The bay is quite attractive
with a harbour in the middle and restaurants/bars along the front.
hotel availability in Los Christianos with
De Las Americas
de las Americas has grown so much that in now merges into Los Christianos.
A lot of flashy American Vegas type hotels have been built recently
which are quite attractive. Las Americas continues along the coast the
the standard of hotel decreasing the future west you travel. Las Americas
basically has no spanish character whatsoever. Check hotel availability
Rafael Puig Lluvina, 3, 38660 Playa de las Americas, Tenerife,
themed adults-only resort is across the road from the beach in
the popular destination of Playa de las Americas, and features
its own disco-bar. It has a nudist swimming pool.
Take it easy at the gay-friendly Playaflor Chillout Resort.
These stylish bungalows each boast a mixture of Arabian and African
colonial and tribal decor. They offer views over la Gomera. Enjoy
a morning coffee out on the private balcony. The resort offers
an a la carte breakfast with milkshakes and hot drinks.
yourself a meal in your bungalow's kitchen, before spending an
afternoon lounging around the Playaflor Chillout's outdoor pool.
You can also treat yourself to a soothing massage, or enjoy a
cycle along the beachfront, with a bicycle rented at reception.
The Playaflor Chillouts tour desk and ticket service will help
you plan your time in Tenerife. The restaurant serves exotic cuisine.
The Chill Out bar has a terrace where guests can admire the surroundings.
hotel availability and special offers with
Puerto De la Cruz
de la Cruz is a quieter and slightly more sophisticated resort. Set
among Banana plantations this is where you'll find the majority of gay
life. The climate is not as good at the south though. When we visited
it was cooler and more humid. Some people may prefer this. Also see
after golden sand prepare to be disappointed. Being a volcanic island
Tenerife is one big rock there are no natural sandy beaches :-(. However
there are greyish man made beaches as Los Christianos and at Puerto de
la Cruz there is a huge man made lagoon full of screaming kids and couples.
Be warned. You best bet would be to stay around the hotel pool if you
can get your towel down before the Germans!
meat, eating out on Tenerife is easy with a good variety of restaurants
offering of steak, fish and pasta dishes. All very reasonably priced.
Plus the obligatory Burger King, KFC etc. We ate out most nights. Food
is on the whole good quality and very reasonable. Most meals came to around
£ 5/ 6 per person which included several bottles of wine/sangria.
The waiters are quite sweet so don't forget to tip. If you want to cook
yourself there are plenty of supermarkets near the hotels.
the resorts is a pleasure. Because the island is virtually tax free (only
4%) it is worth checking out electrical goods, booze and cigarettes.
Being able to buy a litre of Bombay Sapphire/Gordons at the local supermarket
for around £6 would cheer up most queens. Other spirits are equally
cheap so we spent many evening after the meal getting sloshed on cocktails.
If you are a penny pinching queen not too worried about brand names
you can pick up rip off Gordons lookalike gin for around £2.50.
The same applies to rum, whisky, malibu etc. After the first four glasses
you don't really care anyway. Just pack the Beroccas to sort out the
hangover in the morning
Goods. Head for one of the major shopping centres. Santiago III
in Las Americas is particularly good. Most of the reps can arrange shopping
trips to SANTA CRUZ the capital. The majority of electical goods conform
to EEC standards so guarantees aren't a problem. Be prepared to barter,
haggle, walk away to get the price you want. The shops will always make
you a better offer than lose a sale. It is recommended that you bring
an up to date price catalogue from somewhere like Jessops or Jacobs
to compare prices. You should be able to save £50 to £150 on cameras,
and four to five hundred pounds on camcorders. Makes Dixons look horrifically
overpriced. The goods are also new or recent models. I purchased a nice
Olympus digital camera saving a small fortune on the UK retail price.
I wouldn't consider Tenerife to be a good gay holiday destination. The
majority of gay life is based in Puerto de la Cruz, with a couple of bars
in the towns of Las Americas, La laguna and Santa Cruz. Here is a summary
of those bars/discos which call themselves gay friendly
DE LA CRUZ
The following bars are situated in the Edificio Drago, Avenida Generalisimo
24, with most having darkrooms or prono videos on show, and some regular
PLAYA DE LAS AMERICAS
Cafe Bar (New) - is building a reputation as an early evening
bar. (Our opening hours are from 10am till 10pm (Later in the summer).
We are primarily a café serving breakfasts and lunches and various
other snacks. We can seat 40 people with most of our tables on a large)
Addres: Edificio La Guajara No.3 Avenida Generalisimo Puerto de la
drag show at around 2 a.m. This is a gay club although frequented
by qute a few open minded straight people. Should be kicking around
3am in the morning.
de Colon / Avenida Venezuela
CHILL-OUT BAR VANITY CLUB (in Front of Playaflor) Gay-lesbians-straight.
GAY-SHA (same avenue, 2 min. by foot) Gay-lesbians.
PUB(Same avenue, 2 min. by foot) Gay-lesbians. Shows.
PUB CHAPLIN (Same avenue, 2 min. by foot) Gay-lesbians. Shows.
PUNTO ZERO (Same avenue, 2 min. by foot) Gay-lesbians. Shows.
PUB (Same avenue, 2 min. by foot) English staff. Gay and lesbian.
PUB (In Los Cristianos, 5 min by taxi). Very gay friendly.
DE COCO PUB (In Los Cristianos, 5 min by taxi). Very gay friendly.
- LA FORCHETTA
RESTAURANT (In Los Cristianos, 5 min by taxi). Very gay friendly.
& SPICES RESTAURANT (In Los Cristianos, 5 min by taxi). Very gay friendly.
DELPHIN Ship excursion, sunset with dj's in Atlantic Ocean…The best
- E2 BEAUTY
CENTER (5 min. by foot) Waxing and gay beauty program.
TRAVEL (2 min. by taxi) Money exchange. Travel services.
METAL (In Los Cristianos, 5 min by taxi). Designer names and trends
QUAD EXCURSION Amazing, special escapades, special gay groups
Presents and designer gifts (In Los Cristianos)
Try the Metropolis Club. Its located on the beach front directly behind
La Conquestidor Hotel. Busy Friday, Saturday and Sunday midnight onwards.
Mixed club but quite a few queens. Good disco, great cocktails
CRUZ DE TENERIFE
Antonio, Torre Edward
Dr Antonio Glez 11
Dreams Bar(Suenos Azuless)
Beaches / Cruising Areas
bonus. Nude sunbathing is allowed on some of the more secluded beaches
around the island if you feel inclined expose your bits to passers
by. Here is a list of some of the acknowledged cruising areas/beaches.
Don't think for a minute I've dragged my arse round all those rocks!
de la Cruz - Playa de los Rusos / Darsena Pescadora
Leave La Cruz and head north towards San Andres and follow the signs
toward Darsena Pescadora. Park by the jetty. Reach by car, bike
or bus number 914.
de la Teresitas and Playa de la Gaviotas
An artificial beach, head north form La Cruz toward St Andres and
follow the signs. Cruising takes place near the cliffs at the left.
Also, when you reach La Teresitas , continue up the hill towards
Playa de la Gaviotas where nude sunbathing is acceptable. Bus 914
also takes you here.
De Las Americas Punta Roja at Playa de la Tejifa
Located close to Reina Sofia (southern airport), on the road between
El Abrigos and El Medano, Punta Roja is a nudist beach at the headland
between these two points. Bus 111 form Las Americas takes you to
As well as the nude beaches there is a busy cruising area of the
east side of Los Cristianos. Walk or get a taxi
down to the Costimar hotel (15 floor towerblock) What past the hotel
and down towards the beach. you should see a steady stream of cars
and individuals arriving early evening. Watch out for the rocks
Take a bus or taxi to La Caleta. Follow the coast (starting at a
path next to the gravel football pitch) away from Las Americas,
on a steep path up, over and down the headland and then, at sea
level, around the next headland to two sandy bays - total distance
about a mile but worth the effort aparently.
beach in front of Bora Bora in Las Americas is popular for cruising
in the evening.
a few gay saunas on the island
Sana, Calla Blanco 34, Puerto de la Cruz
Aquario "S UNA", Calle Santiago Beyro 9
Norte Sauna, Calle Poeta Tomas Morales 36, Santa Cruz
a car for the week. Avis, Hertz and others all cover the island. Book
before you leave the UK and don't be afraid to negotiate a good price.
Get a map of the island and basic travel guide. Things worth seeing:-
Teide volcano. Pleasant drive through lush parkland up to
the volcano where the landscape suddenly changes into volcanic
ash. 50,000 years BC and Planet of the Apes where filmed here.
Gigantos - a new resort of the western tip of the island which
is overlooked by sheer cliffs. You can also get boat trips here
which promise you'll see dolphins and/or Whales. Nice!
- a picturesque old town with a supposedly 3000 year old dragon
tree!! If you're a sarky London queen I wouldn't bother.
had enough of this year's lousy British Summer and feel the need to
get away then Tenerife offers relaxing cheap holiday destination. Although
more suited to families, the locals are very friendly we had no problems.
Cheap booze and food is a plus point and if you're after cheap electricals
then look no further. I was in a party of five so we made our own entertainment.
I would have been bored stiff in the evenings if I'd been a sole tourist.
For some reason I was very disappointed with Tenerife. Perhaps it was
our own fault that the person who booked our accommodation did it on
the cheap and as well asfrom tripping over cockroaches in Los Christianos,
I found the whole place rather meh!
above are those of the author (visited Tenerife several years ago) and
hopefully provide an relatively up-to-date overview from a gay tourist
perspective. I wrote this guide because I couldn't find any other information
on the Internet to help the gay traveller to Tenerife. I apologise for
any glaring omissions or if the information goes out of date. If you're
visiting Tenerife this year let
me know how you get on.
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