Gran Canaria is the gay honeypot of the Canaries, and Playa del Inglés is Europe’s winter escape playground. There are several hotels and apartment blocks that cater for LGBT+ guests. A seemingly endless string of bars, discos and clubs are crammed into the Yumbo Centrum, which is predominantly a gay scene, although this doesn’t stop small numbers of lesbians and straights from wading in. Little happens before midnight. From then until about 3am the bars on the 4th level of the Yumbo Centrum bear the brunt of the fun, after which the nightclubs on the 2nd level take over.
At dawn, people stagger out for some rest. Some make for the beach at Maspalomas, across the dunes, which are themselves a busy gay cruising area.
First celebrated in 2001, Maspalomas Pride consists of 10 days of parades, concerts, excursions and parties.
For more information about LGBT+ clubs, events, accommodation and personal classifieds, check www.gaymap.info and www.travelgay.com.