Gran Canaria Gay Travel Guide & Map

Upcoming Events

|  9 – 19 June 2022
Carnival Maspalomas 2022: huge event with street parade, Drag Queen election, the ›Burial of the Sardine‹ (Entierro de la Sardina), fireworks and more.
In 2022 postponed to June.
|  7 – 11 September 2022
Freedom Festival Maspalomas 2022: with pool parties, concerts, gala shows, dance parties and more.
|  7 – 13 November 2022
Maspalomas Winter Pride 2022: Pop artists, events and entertainment in the Yumbo Center. Furthermore, pool parties, boat excursions and more.
@ C.C. Yumbo
|  11 November 2022
Carnaval Alemán: every year on 11 November at 11:11 a.m., German carnival strongholds such as Cologne start the new carnival season, and this tradition is now also celebrated on Gran Canaria, for instance at the gay beach of Maspalomas and later in the evening in the bars in Playa del Inglés.
|  29 December – 2 January 2023
Freedom New Year Festival Maspalomas 2022/2023: 1st edition – celebrate into the new year under the canary sun.
|  18 – 26 March 2023
Bear Carnival 2023: annual week with beach, bears and beer.

About Gran Canaria, Maspalomas & Playa del Inglés

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 Inglés and Maspalomas on the south coast. The cityscape of Playa del Inglés 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 popular clothing-optional gay beach.
It is a 20 minutes walk through the dunes away from Playa del Inglés (starting at Hotel Riu Palace).

The main area for the gay scene is the Yumbo Center in Playa del Inglés, a leisure and shopping center with over 200 shops, restaurants and bars, which in the late evening transforms into a hotspot for gay nightlife.

Annual festive highlights and gay events in Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés are the carnival in February or March, the Maspalomas Gay Pride in May and the Winter Pride in November.

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.