The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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One of the Spanish Canary islands off the coast of West Africa, Gran Canaria is a longtime favorite destination for gay partygoers and beach lovers. The island benefits from year-round sunny weather and beautiful landscapes, although the main reason people come here is to enjoy one of its many, many resorts.
The sheer number of gay venues, as well as their quality and variety, make Gran Canaria one of Europe’s top gay party destinations. It is so gay-friendly, in fact, that there are actually plenty of high-quality gay-only hotels across the island. When you add to that the wealth of incredible gay-friendly and adult-only resorts, gay visitors to Gran Canaria are genuinely spoilt for choice when it comes to booking their accommodation.
Absolutely, Gran Canaria is a very gay-friendly destination.
It’s worth noting that overall Gran Canaria is very popular with families. If you want to avoid a swimming pool full of screaming children it may be best to opt for an “adults-only” resort or even one of the exclusive gay-only resorts. Around Playa del Ingles and Meloneras there is an abundance of gay-only or “hetero friendly” hotels.
These resorts are mostly concentrated around the south of the island in Maspalomas, which is where most of Gran Canaria’s gay scene is. In particular, gay visitors tend to stay around the adjacent areas of Playa del Ingles and Meloneras.
Playa del Ingles is home to Yumbo shopping center, which houses dozens of gay bars, cafes, and clubs for the most convenient gay bar-hopping you have ever experienced. Meanwhile, Meloneras home to Maspalomas beach features the region’s only stretch of gay beach, around Hut 7. This beach can either be accessed by walking along the beach from Maspalomas or crossing the sand dunes from Playa del Ingles.
Paso Chico is made up of six self-catered bungalows, arranged around a pleasant pool area with loungers. The small size of the place gives it a very intimate and homey vibe, while the bungalows give you all the privacy and comfort you need for a great stay. Each bungalow features a living room, separate bedroom, bathroom with basic toiletries, kitchen with microwave, toaster, and kettle, and a small terrace.
There are few hotel services involved, except for daily cleaning, weekly change of linen, and beach towels. You can save some money by getting their ECO rate, where you accept only having one cleaning a week.
By far the best thing about Paso Chico is its location for gay nightlife. Your bungalow isn’t just close to Yumbo center: it’s literally across the street. This is just about the closest you can get to staying within the center itself, which means you can enjoy the wealth of local gay cafes and bars throughout the day, as well as the clubs at night.
Of course, this comes with quite a high level of noise at night, so it’s best to only stay here if you’re planning to be one of the ones making the noise.
Birdcage Gay Resort is a boutique-style resort in Playa del Ingles, less than a 10-minute walk away from Yumbo center. Its intimate and quiet atmosphere makes for an incredibly relaxing stay, which means you can party away your evenings and then recover peacefully in your little slice of Gran Canaria heaven.
The hotel is centered around a lovely pool and garden area, with a lush variety of local plants and flowers providing the perfect scenery for a dip in the pool or lie down on a hammock. The permanent smooth background music gives the whole place an exceptionally chilled-out vibe, (the jacuzzi also helps). Any level of the dress (or lack thereof) is allowed, so you can truly make yourself at home.
Breakfast is included and is served on the terrace, with a fresh and delicious variety of hot and cold foods. Best of all, it is served until mid-day every day, which means you can sleep in a couple of extra hours after a big night at Yumbo. Meanwhile, the lounge is a pleasant place to chat with your fellow gay guests, read a book, or have a few drinks.
All of the staff, from the owners to reception to the therapists in the wellness area, are exceptionally friendly and helpful. They help elevate the resort into a superb boutique experience, giving you all the personal attention you need without ever feeling intrusive.
Villa Adler is the single highest-rated hotel in Playa del Ingles on Booking.com, which is evidence of both its high quality as a hotel and of just how gay-friendly the area is. The hotel is made up of 8 bungalows, giving it a very intimate boutique vibe and ensuring that every customer receives the highest standard of personal service.
This men-only gay hotel in Playa del Ingles is located about 15 minutes from both the beach and Yumbo center. It is even closer to the Cita Center, meaning that just about every gay hotspot in the area is walking distance from your private bungalow.
The bungalows themselves are incredibly sleek and stylish, decorated in tones of grey and black. Everything you need for a comfortable stay is provided, including a spacious living room with a fully-equipped kitchenette, plenty of wardrobe space in the bedrooms, private terrace area, and modern bathrooms with superb walk-in showers.
The hotel also has a lovely saltwater swimming pool, which is kept unheated (ideal for sweltering summer days). A small but friendly bar allows guests to mingle, and an extremely high-quality breakfast is served every morning at your own private terrace. As is the case with many gay hotels in the region, the poolside area is fully clothing optional.
Pasion Tropical is located a bit far away from most of the usual gay attractions in Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas. Indeed, it is just next to San Agustin beach, which is one beach north of Playa del Ingles. This makes it a quieter option, especially as San Agustin beach has all the infrastructure of a resort beach with none of the huge crowds. The hotel does offer a free shuttle service to Yumbo and to the dunes, so the distance isn’t much of an issue. Pasion Tropical is one of the most booked gay hotels in Gran Canaria.
Pasion Tropical is one of the closest gay resorts to a beach, making it a great choice for those who prefer sand to the poolside. The hotel does have a pool, but it is small and more suited to a quick plunge. It’s the surrounding grounds and gardens, however, that makes Pasion Tropical stand out. There is a lot of care put into making this space as beautiful and colorful as possible, giving off a tropical oasis feel.
There are apartments, studios, and maisonettes available, all with comfortable bedrooms and kitchenettes with all you need to prepare your own meals. Some of the apartments have ocean and pool views, and some have private balconies and terraces. They feature modern, colorful decor, with the semi-circular design of the buildings lending the rooms a unique touch.
The rooftop terrace is one of the highlights of the hotel. With many loungers and Balinese beds, it has a stunning view of the sea and the surrounding area, and is a great spot for a bit of sunning. Downstairs, there is a small outdoor gym, which can cover basic workout needs.
Seven Hotel & Wellness is a gay hotel in Gran Canaria, dedicated entirely to gay men. A reflection of how gay-friendly Gran Canaria is, it is also a superbly modern hotel, with stylish design and a stunning location – the view of the green mountains from the pool and restaurant is breathtaking.
The rooms are decorated in a simple monochrome style, almost entirely pure white. This makes for a wonderfully refreshing place to unwind after a day in Gran Canaria’s sweltering heat – and that’s before you go freshen up in one of the incredible walk-in showers. As well as a variety of room and suite sizes, you can also book a villa with a private pool, for the ultimate indulgence.
Otherwise, there is an awesome heated saltwater pool, which includes in-pool loungers if lounging in the sun isn’t enough for you. The gym is small but very pleasant, located outdoors under a shaded structure. For a more exciting workout, other activities are on offer, including windsurfing and sailing. As the name of the hotel indicates, there is also a wellness center offering treatments and massages.
The hotel is located just next to the huge Maspalomas golf course. Yumbo center and it’s many gay bars and clubs can be reached within 20 minutes by bus or under 10 minutes by taxi. While it is possible to cross the Maspalomas sand dunes to reach the gay beach, this is a 45-minute hike over hot sand, so the free morning shuttle to the beach is a handy perk.
One of the best things about staying in a gay-only hotel will always be the staff, and here it is no different. Everyone at Seven Hotel is dedicated to making your stay unforgettable, and can also give you advice and tips on what’s happening in the gay nightlife of Gran Canaria. Seven Hotel is one of the most booked gay hotels in Gran Canaria.
Vista Bonita is a gay-only resort owned by the same group behind Seven and Atlantic Beach. It is unique in that it welcomes gay women as well as men, which makes Vista Bonita the best option if you happen to be traveling with a mixed LGBT group. The hotel is located in a quiet residential area, a bit too far away from Yumbo and the beach for walking, but taxi rides are cheap enough to keep this from being too inconvenient.
The hotel has an exceptionally lovely staff team, who are much beloved by the regular customers who come here year after year. Despite having a loyal clientele, there is enough variety of new and old customers to keep things interesting, and there is a fun, social, (and clothes-optional) atmosphere around the pool and the pool bar.
The apartments come in Standard Duplex, Superior Duplex, and One-Bedroom. All of them are comfortably furnished and kept exceptionally clean, with private balconies and terraces and well-equipped kitchenettes. However, it is worth mentioning that the Standard Duplex does not have air conditioning, which can be a problem during the summer.
Atlantic Sun Beach is located in Maspalomas, about a 25-minute walk across the dunes to the gay beach at Hut 7. Yumbo is about 15-minutes away, but there are a handful of closer gay nightlife options. Fetish cruise club TImE oFF by Romeo & Julio is a short walk away, as are the gay hotspots in Cita Center, including SCORE bar, MAUU, and Cafe Wien.
This gay-only hotel offers convenient apartment-style accommodation, with most apartments directly facing or overlooking the pool. There are two categories, standard and superior, with the main difference being that only the superior apartments have air conditioning – this means the standard apartments are not a good idea in the height of summer.
That said, the apartments are comfortable and well-equipped. The kitchenette is small, but it does have electric hobs as well as a microwave and coffee machine, which allows for a bigger range of food you can make. Another plus is that, since the hotel is located in a quiet residential area, you get a much better night’s sleep than in some more central locations.
The pool area is also quiet and relaxing, with very good sun throughout the day as well as some nice shady spots. There is no gym or bar, but you can take a breakfast buffet in another nearby hotel. However, buying your own breakfast ingredients and starting the day on your private balcony is definitely the way to go.
Bungalows Tenesoya are affordable and basic one or two-bed bungalows in Playa del Ingles. This is a typical men-only gay Gran Canaria hotel, a short walk from the beach and 15 minutes away from Yumbo on foot.
The apartments come in one or two bedrooms, with the latter sleeping up to four people. This makes Bungalows Tenesoya a good choice for groups of friends who are on a budget. The kitchens have hobs and a fridge (no microwave), which allows guests to easily cook their own meals. There is no air conditioning, but you can pay for a fan.
There is a clothing optional pool area, an extremely basic gym (consisting of a couple of weights machines), and some nicely maintained gardens. The premises are a bit dated and worn down – don’t expect any sort of luxury. However, the staff are friendly, the location is good, and the rates are cheap.