Posted by on June 25, 2020

Image a 4-storey big buying centre stuffed with gay bars, outlets, clubs, drag bars, eating places…mainly, a colossal gay playground!

That is the Jumbo Centre, the beating coronary heart and soul of Gran Canaria’s gay scene.

Gran Canaria has at all times been a beacon of tolerance, which is why it has mushroomed into the gay haven it’s at present. Throughout the darkish days of the repressive Francoist dictatorship in Spain (1936-1975) when there was excessive hostility in direction of homosexuality, the Canary Islands had been a well-liked place to exile individuals who broke social guidelines and had been perceived as being “completely different”. Principally, Gran Canaria was too distant from the mainland to trouble with, so Franco and his henchmen turned a blind eye to it, permitting extra tolerant attitudes to develop.

Annually, hundreds of gay boys head over to Gran Canaria for seaside enjoyable and social gathering, ourselves included! There are tons of gay hangouts in the Yumbo Centre, in addition to an abundance of gay motels for all budgets. We have put collectively this detailed gay guide to Gran Canaria primarily based on our firsthand expertise by which we sift by means of the predominant gay bars/clubs on the island (there are loads!), showcase a few of the motels we tried out, summarize the best gay occasions, and tons extra!

Go on a gay cruise in Gran Canaria!

Seize a bunch of pals and e book this gay (clothing-optional!) crusing tour. The very good-looking Captain Juanvi takes you crusing round the south of Gran Canaria to the distant Gui-Gui seaside. It is unbelievable as a result of you will have the complete seaside all to your self(!!) because it’s exhausting to attain on foot so nobody comes right here except by boat. The tour consists of limitless drinks, lunch and resort decide up. Our high decide for a day journey outing in Gran Canaria!

Gran Canaria gay space

The Yumbo Centre, sufficient stated!

That is the official gay neighbourhood of Gran Canaria – a big 1980s rectangular 4-storey shopping center in the Playa del Ingles space of Maspalomas. Inside it has all the best gay bars, clubs, boutique outlets, eating places, mainly every thing a gay boy wants for his gaycation. There are bear bars, drag bars, karaoke bars, Eurovision bars, hanky panky bars with plenty of darkish areas…you title it!

As well as to the Yumbo Centre is Gran Canaria’s gay seaside known as Kiosk #7. Reaching the gay seaside of Gran Canaria is an expertise in itself. From Yumbo Centre you head south to the Riu Resort, then simply head out into the sand dunes (oh these infamous sand dunes, the place many boys “get misplaced” for a couple of hours…!) till you attain the gay seaside on the different finish.

A typical day for us in Gran Canaria would contain hanging out by the gay seaside by day, then slowly gravitating to the Yumbo Centre later in the night for meals, drinks and play.

Arriving in Gran Canaria quickly?

Gran Canaria’s airport is situated on the japanese fringe of the island, round 18 miles (30km) from the Yumbo Centre. While there’s a public bus between the airport and Maspalomas, it is rare and very sluggish. We as an alternative extremely suggest pre-booking your airport switch. The taxi takes round 20 minutes and pre-booking it on-line will guarantee you will have an English-speaking driver ready for you at the Arrivals Corridor.

Gay motels and resorts in Gran Canaria

There are numerous many gay motels, adults-only motels, gay guesthouses, gay BnBs etcetera to select from in Gran Canaria! While many have fairly various levels of requirements and additionally opinions, for this part we have picked our high 3 (one for every finances vary), which we have tried, beloved and extremely suggest.


Paso Chico Gay Bungalows

Why we like it

  • Glorious worth male-only clothing-optional gay resort reverse Yumbo Centre
  • Keep in one in all 6 cute spacious bungalows
  • Good in case you’re a big group of pals
  • Secluded pool and backyard space to hang around at throughout the day

12 Speedo-clad queens, one pool, 6 bungalows, and plenty of booze… That was our favourite reminiscence from our keep at Gay Paso Chico. We got here with 10 of our pals, with 2 staying in every bungalow, making it one large enjoyable guurl-cation!

Gay Paso Chico is ideal in case you’re in search of an affordable base in Gran Canaria. It is simply throughout the highway from the Yumbo Middle and round 25 minutes strolling distance over to the gay seaside. It is properly priced but does not really feel low cost in any respect – the bungalows are fairly spectacular, and it even features a pool.

The very first thing about Gay Paso Chico – the clue’s in the title. That is one for the gay boys solely. It is also clothing-optional. Thanks to the excessive fences, it felt fully secluded and non-public. We had plenty of raucous consuming video games. Together with, late-night skinny-dipping classes throughout our keep! We additionally love the indisputable fact that, the workers, simply allow you to get on with it and go away you alone. We solely noticed them at breakfast and then they left for the remainder of the day. So it felt like we had the complete place to ourselves.

The 6 bungalows at Gay Paso Chico have loads of area. Each has a separate kitchen/residing space, bed room with ensuite and its personal terrace. The decor can be tremendous gay, with loads of Tom of Finland-inspired artwork items dotted round.

Lastly, as we talked about above, the location. You can’t get any nearer to the Yumbo Middle. Need to deliver a couple of boys to high up your midnight pool playtime? Simple…!


AxelBeach Maspalomas

Why we like it

  • “Heterofriendly” adults-only resort
  • 10-minute stroll to Yumbo Centre
  • Good for a combined group of pals (gays and gals)
  • Keep in one in all 92 trendy flats on website

The Axel is a extra upmarket adults-only resort in Gran Canaria, situated a couple of blocks north from the Yumbo Centre. We have stayed in a number of Axel motels – in Berlin, Barcelona, Miami Seaside, and we at all times love the vibe. It is a “hetero-friendly” resort, extra combined, with a hip, fashionable really feel.

The Axel is right in case you’re a bunch of combined pals, notably gay boys travelling with their queen bees. There have been a variety of each straight and gay {couples} right here throughout our go to, all fortunately getting on with out judgement.

The AxelBeach Maspalomas is fairly big. It has 92 flats unfold over Four flooring. The rooms are trendy with tremendous comfortable beds. Make certain to look out for the iconic “Do Disturb” indicators you could place in your door to invite in a little bit of rumpy pumpy enjoyable from fellow visitors… The Sky Bar of Axel is the place most hang around by day if not enterprise the 2k pilgrimage stroll south to the sand dunes for the gay seaside. It has a big pool space and bar. For us the pool was the good hangout for these mornings after we wakened feeling a bit fragile from the earlier night time, in any other case, we opted for the journey over to Kiosk #7.

Different perks of staying at the Axel embrace the Axel Lounge Backyard – a backyard space of calm & serenity surrounded by Palm bushes, and additionally a completely geared up fitness center to bump out these biceps veins earlier than taking all these compulsory Gran-Can-Thirst-Traps.


Seaside Grand Resort Residencia

Why we like it

  • High luxurious 5-star resort in Gran Canaria
  • Lavish pool space
  • Excellent foodie choices
  • The place the celebs keep in Gran Canaria (like Bruce Springsteen, Mary Berry)

Serving Colonial glamour and opulence…you personal every thing honey! The Seaside has Grand in its title and in really feel. Checking into this lavish resort made us really feel like rock stars.

From the second we arrived, we had been made to really feel so welcome. While this isn’t a gay resort, welcoming LGBTQ vacationers felt prefer it was second nature for the workers (most of that are gay themselves).

Our room was completely big, with one in all the best bathtubs we have ever skilled – therapeutic massage jets with flashing lights! Are you able to think about?! While all the rooms are situated in trendy two-storey villas, we suggest splurging on one in all the upper-floor suites for the best views of the ocean and the sand dunes.

The saltwater pool space is gigantic, extending over the central expanse of the resort. It reminded us of a paradisiacal valley, a complete distinction to the bustling world of Yumbo Centre. Hanging out at the Seaside Grand Resort’s pool was a spotlight of our keep in Gran Canaria. It is so large that you’re going to at all times discover a quiet spot all for your self. There may be additionally a formidable outside health space for the fitness center bunnies.

The Seaside Grand has a terrific restaurant open for dinner each night. The meals is beautiful! I attempted and beloved the Marinated Atlantic turbos, which was served as a ceviche. Seby went gaga for the beef tartare with fried quail egg. Notice: on Wednesday and Sunday evenings they’ve a themed BBQ buffet night which incorporates Moroccan, Japanese and Spanish.

Gay beaches in Gran Canaria

The principle official gay seaside of Gran Canaria is Kiosk #7 situated on the sandy seaside between Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas on the southern tip of the island. That is the place most of the gay boys shall be hanging out throughout the day.

To succeed in the gay seaside, you first want to head to the Riu Maspalomas Resort and from there hold going straight down, by means of the sand dunes for round 15 minutes till you attain the seaside. While you get to the seaside, you will immediately spot the gay part by all the rainbow flags flying. There are sunbeds to lease a small buzzy seaside bar. Notice that though it is clothing-optional right here you may put on no matter you are snug sporting and nobody will care.

There are a couple of smaller less-known beaches to take a look at in Gran Canaria, which while they don’t seem to be gay, they appeal to a extra native crowd. Our favorites embrace Playa de Montana Area, which is a well-liked seaside for each gals and guys who like to hand around in the buff! As well as, we suggest the fully remoted Gui-Gui Seaside which you’ll be able to solely attain through boat, which makes it completely non-public and secluded.

Gay bars in Gran Canaria

Simply head to Yumbo! Inside is the place all the predominant and best gay bars of Gran Canaria may be discovered. Notice there are lots of gay bars in the Yumbo Centre – tons!! – however for this part, we have solely set out a snippet of our favourites. What we love most about it’s that there’s something for everybody, no matter and whoever you are into!

Find it irresistible or hate it, Sparkles is the beating coronary heart and soul of the Yumbo Centre. It is the very first thing you will most likely hear and see once you enter! They’ve a number of drag reveals each night occurring by means of the night time. Some may name them trashy, however we love them. They’re fierce, completely crass and fully in your face. Actually: in case you sit in the entrance row, be warned that you simply will be picked on and paraded about with on the stage as I came upon on a couple of events! Sparkles is open each night and goes on till round 3am. We normally began our Yumbo night time right here.

Terry’s Present

Terry’s is the place we suggest you head to see extra refined and much less confrontational(!) drag reveals. We love Terry’s as a result of the queens carry out a few of the basic Spanish hits by the Diosas – Divas from the 1960s, 70s and 80s like Isabel PantojaIntense drama! Pathos…ESCANDALO! The queens encapsulate the ardour and soul of those Latin Divas so impressively. It is really unbelievable to watch. Terry’s is one in all the most unassuming bars in Yumbo, situated in the upstairs part. The drag reveals begin at round 10:30pm each night and go on till 1am.

Eurovision gays, that is the place we hang around! I’m one in all the many Euro gay guys who watch it religiously yearly and know and love the phrases to each music to have ever come out of this competitors…WunderBar is MADE for folks like me! Monday and Friday evenings are once they have their well-known Eurovision nights which I really like, taking part in the classics all night time on…Conchita, ABBA, Foureira, Gina G, Dana, Bucks Fizz…you title it! They’re in fact open on the different nights of the week till round 2:30am, however their Eurovision nights is when gay boys like me shall be discovered partying the night time away at the WunderBar!

Parrots Pub Terrace

If you realize and love the Sitges gay scene as a lot as we do, then you definitely’ll be ofay with Parrots, which has now opened up proper right here on the Jumbo Centre floor flooring. It is one in all our favorite locations to come for a chew to eat (some spectacular French meals right here), a couple of cocktails and people-watch. Comparable to Sparkles, Parrots has change into one other gay epicentre of the Yumbo Centre – at all times one thing occurring with a buzzy crowd. On most nights Parrots has a couple of drag reveals and unique dancers to entertain the crowd however on weekends it will possibly get fairly full-on right here! Notice Parrots is closed on Tuesdays/Wednesdays, in any other case open each day till round 2:30am.


Bärenhöhle is the best bear bar in the Yumbo Centre. Bear boys, otters, cubs and wolves, that is for you! Bärenhöhle means “bear cave” in German – a nod to its pleasant Deutsch house owners. Regardless of the title, everyone seems to be welcome right here, no matter your measurement. Each time we got here to Bärenhöhle we felt very welcome which is why we like it. It is really easy to make pals right here. It is an attitude-free zone with blokes who merely need to hang around. Bärenhöhle is open each night from 8pm till round 3am. Look out for his or her “Pleased Bear Hour” between 8-10pm the place beers are solely €1!

Gay clubs in Gran Canaria

Spanish guys certain know how to social gathering! Nothing is finished in small measures. The one draw back is issues begin very late in Spain – don’t even take into consideration turning up at a few of these clubs till after 1am in any other case you’ll be Billy No Mates in the nook… These are a small collection of the best gay clubs in Gran Canaria that we favored the most. For comfort, we’ve solely centered on these in the Yumbo Centre:


Mykonos is the place the cool youngsters hang around for drinks from round 11pm. You’ll discover us booging away proper right here as a result of we love the music – tacky pop hits with loads of Latino classics thrown in. At round 1am onwards Mykonos turns into a dancing venue, full with poles. YES POLES! Each gay boy secretly goals of being a pole dancer, proper? Not less than these two queens did after a number of rum/cokes… Properly Mykonos is the place to reside out that dream! Mykonos additionally has a couple of darkish areas the place you’ll discover a couple of gents engaged in a little bit of rompy pompy…


Tubos is situated proper subsequent door to Mykonos. And like Mykonos, it additionally begins as a bar, then turns into a buzzy membership from round 1am. We like it as a result of when it will get busy, the crowds from each Tubos and Mykonos spill out into the hall exterior and merge into one large comfortable campy household. It’s an amazing place to make new pals who you’ll most likely find yourself going to Mantrix later. The music at Tubos was made for me and Seby – tacky pop anthems blasting away all night time lengthy!


Mantrix is the predominant gay membership in Yumbo the place everybody is probably going to finish in for the duration of the night time – that hottie you had been cruisin’ earlier over at Kiosk #7? He’ll most definitely be hanging out right here! Mantrix was positively our favorite membership on the island with gay disco home music pumping out until the early hours. It’s open each day till round 6am (generally later) however we favor to come on weekends when it’s busiest. Typically, although, we’ve by no means had a nasty night time out at Mantrix and are at all times excited to return for extra.

Gay saunas in Gran Canaria

There are a number of gay saunas in Gran Canaria however many open/shut all the time. Sauna Heroes in the Yumbo Centre is the predominant one which has survived the many assessments of time (recessions, the 2020 Pandemic and so on) in addition to Sauna Portugal up in Las Palmas. We’ve additionally discovered the distinctive sensual companies of Martin for a extra various therapeutic massage expertise:

Sauna Heroes in Maspalomas / Playa de Inglés

Sauna Heroes is the best gay sauna in Gran Canaria and boasts that it’s the largest throughout all the Canary Islands. It’s properly situated on the 4th Flooring of the Yumbo Centre and features a Jacuzzi, dry/steam sauna, labyrinth, no fewer than 28 non-public cabins, loads of play holes(!), video room with a King-sized mattress and a foam room. They’re open each day from 4pm till midnight.

Sauna Portugal in Las Palmas

In case you’re heading up to the Northern aspect of the island, then Sauna Portugal is the place you’ll need to head to for play time. It’s a extra native vibe right here than Sauna Heroes, so the good approach to hook up with a couple of Canarian gents. Sauna Portugal consists of darkish rooms, a labyrinth, steam room, Finnish sauna and cabins. It’s situated at Calle Portugal 27 and is open each day from 4pm till midnight.

Gay therapeutic massage in Maspalomas / Playa de Inglés

For a extra distinctive and sensual expertise we suggest the non-public companies of Martin. He’s primarily based in Maspalomas and presents a one-on-one therapeutic massage service for males aiming to obtain a steadiness between non secular concord the bodily pleasures of the physique! He at all times stays inside your consolation zone and by no means strays past this. Martin can be a “Reiki Grasp” with a speciality in Lomi Lomi and Esalen. He’s primarily based in Playa de Ingles and may be contacted through his web site or his Fb web page.

Gay cruising in Gran Canaria

The principle gay cruising space in Gran Canaria are the sand dunes. You’ll cross them in your approach over to the Kiosk #7 gay seaside and you’ll most definitely cease to do a little bit of sightseeing alongside the approach! There are a couple of different locations for a little bit of indoor rompy pompy each in Maspalomas and up in Las Palmes. We’ve summarised the predominant ones under:

The Sand Dunes in Playa del Ingles

The sand dunes cowl a big space simply south of the Resort Riu Palace Maspalomas earlier than the seaside. There are many bushes and different spots affording privateness on this massive nature reserve. Simply keep in mind, the warmth may be fairly intense, so keep in mind to put on solar block cream, in all places! Additionally deliver water to drink, and in fact, sufficient safety.

Reds Membership in Maspalomas

Reds is one in all the best clubs for play time enjoyable in Gran Canaria. It’s situated a stone’s throw away from Yumbo Centre, with a themed occasion occurring each day to embrace everybody nevertheless it’s hottest with the older bear crowd. Different events embrace Rubber, Leather-based, Boots, Skins and Lycra. Reds is open each day from 9pm till 4am. It’s situated at Barbados II, Avenida de Tirajana, 17, subsequent door to the Spar grocery store.

The Gap in Maspalomas

The Gap is an award profitable male-only playtime bar in Maspalomas. Arrange and run by enthusiastic house owners (and former grownup movie actors), Kris and Bruce. The Gap is generously unfold over 2 flooring and options slings, non-public cabins, a number of grownup movie viewing areas, darkish areas, beds, “moist” areas and many various sized holes of marvel! The Gap is open Monday-Friday 10pm-4am and on weekends from 6pm-4am. It’s situated at Avenida de Gran Canaria 24, C.C. Jardín del Sol.

Black Door Bar in Las Palmes

In case you’re up in Las Palmes and need a bar to go to for a little bit of playtime adventures, head over to the Black Door Bar. It’s smaller in contrast to the different bars on the different finish of the island in Maspalomas. It’s a extra native crowd, of their 30s, 40s and older, notably widespread with bear boys and chasers. This Bar has cabins, darkish areas, video rooms and extra. It’s open solely Thursday to Sunday evenings from 10pm till 3am. The Black Door Bar, is situated at Calle Torres Quevedo, 25.

Gran Canaria Gay Delight and different occasions

Gran Canaria has an enormous gay occasion occurring nearly each different month beginning with the Carnivals in the winter/spring months, the Delight occasions in the summer season and a couple of others in Autumn. The principle gay occasions in Gran Canaria to look out for embrace the two Maspalomas Delight occasions: the first in Might, the second in November. Right here is our abstract of the predominant ones to hold your eyes on:

Maspalomas and Las Palmas Carnivals (March)

The Carnival is the most fun occasion in the Catholic calendar. Transport that over to a gay island and you’ve acquired your self the recipe for a few of the most fun events ever! While this isn’t an expressly gay occasion, it has distinguished gay segments together with a Drag Queen Gala and a boisterous Carnival Parade by means of the streets. Each Maspalomas and Las Palmas have their very own separate gay carnival on a distinct week in March permitting you to go to each.

Bear Carnival (March)

Touted as The Most Enjoyable Bear Vacation Of Your Life! Bear Carnival generally additionally known as Bear Week is one in all the largest bear occasions in Europe. It has over 40 occasions occurring over 9 days which incorporates pool events, Bearaoke and events with a leather-based or rubber costume code. Bear Carnival additionally consists of the presentation of the 12 months’s official Mister Bear Gran Canaria. Notice: the group behind Bear Carnival additionally organise Bear Camp week in August. They’ve accomplished it twice now (2018 and 2019) and while they haven’t any plans to do it once more, test the Bear Camp web site for the newest information to see in the event that they do plan it once more.

Maspalomas Gay Delight (Might)

Maspalomas Delight in Might is the largest gay summer season social gathering on the complete island. Yearly it attracts a large gaggle of gays from throughout the world. This 10-day competition consists of many implausible occasions, from Drag Races, a Please Disturb Pool Celebration(!), the Moist & Bushy Bear Pool Celebration, the Ladies’s Pool Celebration, plenty of free outside events each night time in the streets of Maspalomas and the climax, the Avenue Parade on the closing day. Celebs additionally flip up of their numbers to carry out/host occasions, which have included the likes of Conchita Wurst and Austin Armacost in the previous.

Maspalomas Summer time Fiesta (August)

Each August, the complete LGBTQ neighborhood of Gran Canaria get collectively to host Four weeks of events each night time. That is most likely the best (albeit busiest!) time to head to the island. It’s the hottest time of 12 months and each night time you’re assured to have a wealth of events to select from: bear occasions, drag reveals, BBQ events, wine tasting excursions, boat events, mountain excursions, cocktail nights, drag races, and even a scuba diving expertise.

Freedom Pageant Maspalomas (September/October)

Summer time doesn’t finish in September! And Gran Canaria makes certain it doesn’t! In case you didn’t make it over for Delight or the Summer time Fiesta, concern not ‘trigger the competition enjoyable continues with the Freedom Pageant in late September – conveniently coinciding with my birthday! What started as a small occasion in 2016 has now mushroomed into an annual fortnight of occasions like foam events, Burlesque, costume up nights, and extra. It has been colloquially dubbed as “the little brother of Maspalomas Delight”.

Maspalomas Leather-based Week (October)

San Francisco and Berlin step apart…trigger there’s a brand new Folsom child on the town! Properly okay, Gran Canaria’s Folsom-equivalent competition in early October is hardly on par as Berlin and San Francisco by way of measurement and numbers. However for such a relatively small island, it certain punches above its personal weight, particularly as that is the solely leather-play occasion that takes place by the seaside! The week consists of events for all issues leather-based, rubber, sports activities and different uniforms.

Maspalomas Winter Delight (November)

Gran Canaria insists on closing the gay 12 months with an enormous bang. Each November, the island hosts per week of seaside enjoyable, pool events, dance classes and a vibrant parade. Celebrities acting at earlier Winter Delight have included 2Unlimited and Cristina Ramos. The Maspalomas Winter Delight additionally coincides with the ebullient German Carnival (Carnaval Alemán) who’ve carved out fairly a big expat neighborhood on the island and lead the approach with the best playtime occasions.

Gay pleasant eating places in Gran Canaria

Most of the best gay eating places shall be in the Yumbo Centre. Let’s be trustworthy, decide any restaurant in the Yumbo Centre and it is just about gay-all-the-way! Buddies Bar might be the most well-known and definitely our favorite. There are a handful of eating places in and round the Yumbo Centre which we beloved and set out a few of our favourites proper right here:

Most will head to Yumbo for his or her gay night time out and will begin with dinner and drinks at Buddies. It is situated proper slap bang in the center of the Yumbo Centre so you may’t actually miss it! They serve easy however scrumptious meals like pizza, burgers, toasted sandwiches, salads and Sunday roasts. In addition they do a fab full English breakfast in addition to brunch. Their espresso is delish as are their cocktails. The spotlight of Buddies bar, nevertheless, the rainbow cake! Whether or not it is your birthday otherwise you’re only a grasping drama queen (ahem Seby!) they will be a glittering rainbow sponge cake ready for you at Buddies.

A.Gaudi is a extra upmarket connoisseur restaurant expertise, good for date night time. I discovered it accidentally after looking Tripadvisor. I wished to impress my Seby for our closing night time, and oh boy did I do good! Every thing about Restaurante A.Gaudi blew us away. All dishes are designed to be a feast for the eyes, in addition to the stomach! Seby was most impressed by the crispy duck with foie grass and I went GaGa over the aptly named “Gaudi burger”, which was a fillet of beef with a puff pastry high. My Frenchman was impressed incomes me high boyfriend brownie factors!

“Will you be my Romeo my Stefan?” stated my tacky Frenchman when he stunned me with this gem…Romeo is a particular mix of deliciousness, that includes a menu that mixes Italian, German and Spanish meals. For me, it was all about the lobster – one in all my favorite seafood dishes. Seby opted for the big prawns, which is one in all his passions in life (ie he loves cooking king prawns and loves much more to eat them). We additionally shared a paella, however we’ll be trustworthy, it is huge and could not end it off.. Make certain to look out for a few of the quirky decor like the mermen ornaments hanging over the bar…proper up our alley!

Are you able to guess what sort of meals they serve at Mr. Greek? That is proper, that is Gran Canaria’s premier Indian restaurant with the best tandoori…solely joking! I could not full this checklist with out referencing not less than one Greek restaurant. First up, attempt their saganaki! It is so good… I like to recommend ordering a number of small plates of various issues like dolmathakia, hummus and tzatziki, then order one in all the mains. Seby loves it after I make him moussaka, and he stated this one was nearly nearly as good as the one I make (sensible boy!). For me, it is at all times a souvlaki that hits the spot. All washed down with an compulsory bottle of retsina wine in fact!

High issues to do in Gran Canaria

Darling, let’s be brutally trustworthy with you. Most of us shall be heading to GC for social gathering, social gathering, seaside, social gathering, social gathering, sleep, repeat…proper? Nonetheless, for a small island, Gran Canaria certain has a helluva lot of issues to see and do, not forgetting the hike up to the Roque Nublo in the center of the island. Listed below are a couple of of our favorite issues to do in Gran Canaria to encourage some concepts past the Yumbo Pink Bubble:

Extremely really helpful! Swap your flip flops in your trainers and hike up to the UNESCO listed Roque Nublo. It’s an 80-metre excessive rock, created by a volcanic eruption round 4.5 million years in the past. Roque Nublo is just not solely the most iconic level of the island, however the views from up listed below are additionally fairly spectacular! On a transparent day, you may even have the opportunity to spot the Teide – Spain’s highest peak on the close by island of Tenerife. To get extra out of it, we suggest doing a guided hike to Roque Nublo, which incorporates the drive over out of your resort in Maspalomas or Las Palmas.

One other spotlight from our journeys to GC: seize a bunch of gays and get everybody to chip in to lease out a gay male-only crusing boat. It is tremendous inexpensive, consists of two meals, limitless drinks and a really good-looking (gay) Captain. Our mini-cruise (totally clothing-optional I would add!) took us round the southern tip of the island, all the approach to the distant Gui-Gui seaside. We had the complete shoreline right here to ourselves…give the gays a couple of bottles of rum and an empty shoreline and we’ll go away the relaxation to your creativeness…! The best half was when Captain Juan took the time to prepare dinner up a paella feast for us from scratch proper on the seaside. A really magical expertise we expect everybody ought to check out!

Do some snorkelling

This makes it a paradise for snorkeling. We suggest doing a snorkeling tour with Blue Water Diving which is able to make sure you head to the best diving spots, making an allowance for the climate – knowledgeable diving faculty could have this data at their fingertips. The tour we did included all tools in addition to knowledgeable guide to level out what we had been taking a look at.

Segway adventures at all times make us giggle. We love them! It at all times reminds us of that scene in Again To The Future II the place Marty is being chased by a gang on hover-boards! We suggest doing a segway tour in Maspalomas. It is definitely a extra distinctive approach to discover the metropolis. Our tour took us to the Meloneras promenade and the Maspalomas pond with views over the ocean, the sand dunes and the well-known lighthouse. We timed our segway tour to coincide with the sundown, positively rating as one in all the most unusual experiences from our travels!

Spot Flipper the Dolphin and her cohort of pals! Dolphins are THE most endearing creatures on the planet. They’re so playful and extraordinarily photogenic. You possibly can see them in the wild in Gran Canaria, an expertise which we suggest in case you’ve not seen dolphins earlier than. For our dolphin recognizing boat tour, we sailed over to the southern finish of the island the place we noticed a couple of dolphins frolicking in the ocean, took LOADS of pics/movies, then headed over to Gui-Gui seaside the place we stopped for lunch.

Plan your journey to Gran Canaria

We have put collectively some helpful hints and suggestions to show you how to plan your personal journey to Gran Canaria. Learn on to discover out every thing the gay traveller ought to know earlier than they go.

How to get there: Most will fly into the predominant worldwide airport of the island situated on the Jap edge. It’s round 18 miles (30km) from the Yumbo Centre. There may be an rare and tremendous sluggish public bus between the airport and Maspalomas, however we extremely suggest pre-booking your airport switch as an alternative The taxi takes round 20 minutes and pre-booking it on-line will guarantee you will have an English-speaking driver ready for you at the Arrivals Corridor – zero stress!

Visa necessities: As a part of the Schengen Space, many travellers to Gran Canaria will not want a visa to go to Spain and different Schengen nations for up to 90 days. Travellers from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and many nations in South America can go to Spain visa-free, however be sure to test your private visa necessities earlier than making any journey preparations.

Getting round: We relied on taxis in Gran Canaria. There are public buses however they’re rare and sluggish. The best recommendation is to base your self shut to the Yumbo Centre and you will be simply positive!

Energy Plugs: Spain makes use of the typical European 2-pronged energy plug. In case you’re visiting Gran Canaria from exterior of Europe you have to to deliver a journey adaptor with you.

Journey insurance coverage: Please don’t go away residence with out it! We at all times like to journey with the safety of understanding that any flight cancellations, stolen luggage or unplanned-for medical payments shall be lined.

Security and Safety: Whereas Spain is a fairly secure vacation spot general, there’s at all times the probability when travelling that you could be end up in a state of affairs the place you want quick assist. We use Shut Circle’s “digital bodyguard” app after we’re travelling in order that we all know we will get sensible recommendation and help even up to the level of evacuation if wanted.

Forex: The forex utilized in Spain is the Euro. The image for the euro is € and $1 US converts to about 90 euro cents whereas £1 is price round €1.17.

Tipping tradition: Since Gran Canaria is sort of touristy, tipping is broadly anticipated as a reward for good service. Most eating places will embrace service so you will not want to tip on high of that. When it comes to your guide, we at all times suggest giving them a tip of round 10%.

Web entry: Free WiFi is out there at almost each public place in Gran Canaria. If you have to a dependable connection for work or need to have the opportunity to join a number of units directly, we recommend organising a conveyable WiFi gadget to use throughout your journey or shopping for a neighborhood SIM card once you arrive at the airport.

When to go to: Gran Canaria is sunny and heat all through the 12 months. July/August are peak seasons and the hottest months. Might, June, September and October are shoulder seasons, the warmth is extra bearable, and our favorite time to go to. Our recommendation is to head right here when one in all the large gay occasions we set out above is going on.

Gay map of Gran Canaria

That is our gay map of Gran Canaria to present you the place every thing we have talked about on this article is situated. Use it to discover out the place all the gay motels we have talked about above are situated in addition to all the bars, clubs and seaside:

So get pleasure from and be secure!

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