Same-sex marriages are legal in Spain and hence on the Canary Islands. Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas, on the southern end of Gran Canaria, are where the bulk of Europe’s gay crowd heads when holidaying in the Canaries, and the nightlife here bumps and grinds year-round. By day, nudist beaches are popular spots to hang out.

Spanish people generally adopt a live-and-let-live attitude to sexuality, so you shouldn’t have any hassles in the Canary Islands. That said, some small rural towns may not quite know how to deal with overt displays of affection between same-sex couples.


Canarias Gay ( Search engine for gay-friendly holidays in the islands.

Gamá ( Gay and lesbian association covering the entire archipelago.

Gay Homestays ( LGBT accommodation listings options on Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote (and the rest of the world).

Gay Welcome ( Resourceful website for Europe-wide travel, including the Canary Islands.