Gran Canaria Gay Travel Guide 2014

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|  12  –  17 August 2014
Dunas Festival 2014: gay summer festival on Gran Canaria, with pool parties, live DJs and Gogo dancers, jeep tour and boat trip. [ Map - Dunas Festival 2014 ]
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|  13  –  19 October 2014
Maspalomas Fetish Week 2014: annual fetish meeting on Gran Canaria. Seven days of beach holidays and fetish parties.
|  28 February  –  8 March 2015
Bear Carnival 2015: new gay bear week with beach, bears and beer. [ Map - Bear Carnival 2015 ]
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|  8  –  17 May 2015
Maspalomas Gay Pride 2015: with numerous performances by international artists and DJs and, as the highlight, the big street parade in Playa del Inglés.

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About Gran Canaria, Maspalomas & Playa del InglÚs

Gran Canaria is by area the third largest and by population even the second largest of the Canary Islands. It is geographically closer to Africa than to the Spanish mainland. The climate of Gran Canaria is strongly influenced by the trade winds, whereby the north of the island is often cloudy, rainy and much cooler than the south, which is caressed by dry winds from the Sahara and where it therefore only rains on an average of 6 days per year and an ›eternal spring‹ dominates with temperatures of 18 to 27░C. As varied as the climate is the landscape of Gran Canaria. One can find in a confined space – like on a mini continent of its own – mountain and rock formations inland, fertile coasts in the North, extensive dune landscapes in the South and cliff coasts to the West.

gay couple at the beach

Gran Canaria is a popular holiday destination for gays, especially Playa del InglÚs and Maspalomas on the south coast. The cityscape of Playa del InglÚs is unfortunately largely dominated by hotel complexes from the 1960s and 1970s, so do not expect a romantic coastal town but rather an artificially created place of mass tourism.

The real attractions are the beach and the famous dunes of Maspalomas. They extend over a length of 6 kilometers and consist of very fine sand, whose basis is coralline and shell limestone, crushed and washed ashore by the surf.

Here you can also find the clothing-optional gay beach, next to beach kiosk 7. [ Map Maspalomas - gay beach ]

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It is a 20 minutes walk through the dunes away from Playa del InglÚs (starting at Hotel Riu Palace). [ Map Playa del InglÚs - Hotel Riu Palace ]

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The main area for the gay scene is the Yumbo Center in Playa del InglÚs, a leisure and shopping center with over 200 shops, restaurants and bars. At night it transforms into a hotspot for gay nightlife with numerous bars, pubs and clubs.

Annual highlights are the carnival in February or March and the Maspalomas Gay Pride in May.

village in the montains on Gran Canaria

As an alternative to beach and Yumbo Center, you may go on an excursion to the highlands in the heartland if you are scenically interested, and if you are culturally interested, you may take a trip to the capital city of Las Palmas, whose old town has numerous historic sites such as the famous five-aisled cathedral of Santa Ana and many other charming colonial style and Art Nouveau buildings.