Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is one of Europe’s most popular-gay beach island destinations with a bustling gay scene at Playa del Ingles and the naked beach and cruising sand dunes of Maspalomas. Gran Canaria stands out as a premier destination for LGBTQ+ travelers, blending vibrant nightlife, inclusive culture, and stunning natural beauty. Known for its welcoming atmosphere, the island offers something for everyone, from the lively party scene in Maspalomas and the Yumbo Centre to the charming streets and cultural sites of Las Palmas. Whether you’re seeking thrilling nightlife, serene beaches, or a sense of community, Gran Canaria is a haven for LGBTQ+ visitors, celebrated for its diversity and openness.

Playa del Ingles

Playa de Ingles | Maspalomas

See also the google maps list – Gran Canaria

Hotels

So before we dive into the two main areas depending on your vibe you can also rent a villa in nearby San Agustín and just get a taxi to the nightlife. Otherwise though you are going to want to stay more central for drunken stumbling or easy access to the beaches.

Most of the men only resorts allow paid entry during the day for those not staying in the resort. There are quite a few now to choose from so google is probably your best bet as they open/close/rebrand.

Barceló Margaritas
Av. de Gran Canaria, 38, 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana
https://www.barcelo.com/
Not a gay hotel but is well located and offers half board and full board for usually less than the gay resorts so up to you if you want 100% LGBT holiday or one with a few pools to choose from nice cheap food and easy access to Yumbo.

Hotel Ritual
Av. 8 de Marzo, 33, 35100 Maspalomas, Las Palmas, Spain
http://www.hotelritualmaspalomas.com/
A nice location and LGBT friendly. Close to Yumbo for nightlife.

Aqua Beach Bungalows
35100 Maspalomas
https://www.aquabeachbungalows.com/
Located in front of Yumbo Center and a short walk of the beach & sand dunes, the gay Aqua Beach (formerly ‘ParqueSol’) offers bungalow-style rooms, with outdoor pool and large sun deck.

Basement Studios – DAY GUEST
Av. Estados Unidos, 37, 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana
http://www.basementstudios.eu/
Basically an extension of and opposite Yumbo and it’s cruisy and by cruisy I mean it has a cruising area. Day guest passes available for those not staying in the resort. They also host events especially during pride season.

Bars

Okay so Yumbo Centrum is going to feature heavily here. It’s basically shopping centre by day, restaurants in the evening, bars and then nightclubs all in the same complex. There are over thirty bars and then there are the fetish/cruising bars and nightclubs too as well as a sauna on the top floor if you need to carry on.

Parrots Pub
Yumbo Centrum 121/1
Following its huge success in the Sitges gay scene, the Parrots Group venture to their new location in Gran Canaria.

Adonis Bar
Yumbo Centrum 111/11-13
Adonis has been a part of the Yumbo Centre since 1996. It’s a friendly German bar that serves beer, sangria and homemade cocktails.

Bärenhöhle (The Bear Cave)
Yumbo Centrum 151/9
The drink selection and prices are great and the atmosphere is calmer than most other places in Yumbo Center

WunderBar
Yumbo Centrum 151/1-2
Eurovision Night and Retro Night and a large terrace.

Centre Stage Bar
Yumbo Centrum 231/2
Despite its small size it features a vibrant mix of show tunes, party music, and sing-alongs.

Macho Macho
Yumbo Centrum 261/19
If you are homesick from Amsterdam then this is the bar for you. Dutch and German “Schlager” music, this bar is a hotspot for those seeking a lively night out

Sparkles Show Bar
Yumbo Centrum 212/4
I spent far too much of my 40th in this bar I think. Karaoke, DJs, Drag Queens it all happens in Sparkles.

Seriously this is the tip of the iceberg there are so many more bars in Yumbo Centre and that’s just the regular bars not the Late Bars or the Cruising Bars.

Late Bars

Mykonos
Yumbo Centrum 421/2-7
23:00 – 03:30

Mantrix
Yumbo Centrum 421/8-18
Busiest from 03:30 (after most other bars have closed).

Restaurants

Okay so Yumbo Centrum is going to feature heavily here as well!

Gio
Yumbo Centrum 111/10
Italian food with friendly staff.

Maspalomas

Playa del Ingles | Maspalomas

See also the google maps list – Gran Canaria

Hotels

There are so many Gay Bungalow Resorts in Maspalomas that you should not be able to go wrong. Although check out the recent reviews since some switch hands, get refurbished or renamed etc from one season to the next.

Villas Blancas
Calle Tourop Tjaerebrg, 46, 35100
http://www.villasblancas.com/
Set within spacious tropical gardens Villas Blancas offers the very best in exclusively gay accommodation for men. One of the first gay resorts I ever stayed in!

Club Torso
Av. Touroperador Kuoni, 8, 35100
https://www.clubtorso.com/
Set behind a white-picket privacy fence, this clothing-optional, gay men’s resort hotel. No day guest entry.

Axel Beach Maspalomas – AVOID
Avda. Tirajana, 32 (Entrance by, C. Timple, 35100
https://www.axelhotels.com/en/
Gay hotel that is well located but can be very pricey for what it is. Unlike the other Axel hotels I cannot recommend this one though based on our stay. Definitely trading on the success of the hotels in Berlin and Barcelona. Who in Maspalomas is paying for a cabana by a cold water pool?

Bars

Café Wien
C.C. Cita, Avenida de Francia
Coffee, Cakes and Cocktails after a day at the beach or wandering the dunes.

Restaurants

Gio
Yumbo 111/10
Italian food with friendly staff.

Beaches

Kiosco Beach N°5 – the gay beach!
Playa de Maspalomas
Clothing Optional (mostly nude) Gay Beach
You could probably just follow the sound of the gay bar music to find kiosk 5 but they start at the Maspalomas end as No 1

Dunas de Maspalomas – cruising
Most people walk from the Rui Palace hotel through the dunes to the gay beach and along the way there is a cruising area. Many people choose to stay in this area rather than head onto the noisy (and sometimes very windy) beach.

See Also

Amsterdam | Barcelona | Gran Canaria | Lisbon | Munich | Paris | Porto | Randstad | Sitges

Gran Canaria is renowned as a top party destination and an ideal spot for gay travelers. The nightlife in Maspalomas is particularly famous, especially at the Yumbo Centre, which is the epicenter of gay nightlife on the island. Here, you’ll find a diverse range of venues from bear bars to pop clubs.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the island’s capital, offers a mix of historic charm and modern vibrancy, with a captivating blend of cultural sites, shopping areas, and culinary experiences. For a quieter experience, you can visit towns like Puerto Morgan and Bahia Feliz, where the beaches are less crowded and the nightlife is more relaxed.

For an energetic gay party vacation, Maspalomas is the place to be. It’s more affordable than Mykonos, but offers just as much fun and excitement. The island also hosts the legendary Maspalomas Pride, an annual week-long event that attracts visitors from around the globe to celebrate pride and unity.

There are so many places and there are probably more on the google maps list since that’s quicker to update. (LPA, GCLP)