Maspalomas Gay Pride 2017. 4 – 14 May 2017
The Maspalomas Sand dunes are world famous in gay circles. The dunes are a popular cruising and nude sun bathing area check out the bushes, tree areas and the tops of larger dunes.
The dunes are patrolled by the police, some on quad bikes or jeeps. The police are there to ensure the safety of the tourists, gay or straight, and are very broad minded.
Routes through the dunes are marked by wooden poles with coloured bands near the top of the pole to indicate the route you are on. Many of the poles have black bin liners for your rubbish.
Roughly mid way between Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas light house. the nudist beach is at Number 6 kiosk and the gay beach is at number 7 kiosk.
The kiosks sell refreshments and both alcholic and non alcholic drinks.
Sun beds and parasols are available to hire.
You can join the mass of tourist who walk along the sea edge from either Playa del Ingles or Maspalomas until you reach the required kiosk.
Most gays will have obtained accommodation near to either the Yumbo centre or the Cita centre, there fore walk down the main drag Avda. de Tirajana that runs past both centres to the Hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas and go through the large arched entrance, along to the end of a short lane. From this highish vantage point note the direction of the sea, the Maspalomas lighthouse, the Riu Palace now behind you the hills on your right. You can use these to help you in finding your direction through the dunes. The main track, the blue route, heading toward the dunes also leads towards the gay beach located at bar 7. If its your first trip you might like to head more to the left to the sea then turn right to you reach the bar / cafe number 7.
Some very popular places to stop for some refreshment
The gay nightlife in gay Playa del Ingles starts out much later than in the UK and goes throughout the night to around 5am weekdays and 6am weekends.
Most gay tourists will either eat in there hotel if on half board, or in one of the gay or straight restaurants if on a self catering holiday from 8pm onwards.
The very early drinkers will head to the gay bars and pubs at around 8pm, but most people start around 10. You will find that each bar, pub or disco has a time slot when that establishment is popular and busy. Often this evolves around the "show" time.
The gay bars, gay pubs and gay nightclubs are mainly located in 2 large Commercial Centres
These 2 centres of gay excellence are approximately 10 minute walk apart. Both located to the side of the main dual carriageway Avda. de Tirajana
The Yumbo is the more famous of the 2 and has far more gay establishments, but there appears to be slow migration of bars etc to the Cita. Rumours say that this could be due to the rents charged in the Yumbo, and or, that the Yumbo is due for redevelopment, which will mean the closing of sections of it while this takes place.
It appears that out of the main winter season the gay scene in the CC Cita is fairly dead.
These 2 centres are only 10 minute walk apart, but if you need an in between watering hole then try the:
Book Accomodation, flights & transfers with
Bungalows Los Tucanes Gay (Only Men)
Hotel Neptuno 4 stars
Hotel Eugenia Victoria 3 stars
Hotel IFA Buenaventura 3 stars
Hotel IFA Catarina 4 stars
The Barbados apartments, Iguazu apartments & Hotel Neptuno are all very near the Yumbo Centre with the Hotel Neptuno next door
The Hotel IFA Buenaventura is further away but does tend to attract a younger crowd
Hotel IFA Catarina is near to both the Sand dunes and the Cita Centre
Gran Hotel Villa Del Conde 5 stars
Sauna, whirlpool, videos, darkroom, drinks, snacks. 4pm - 4am??
Cita Centre Underground level
Largest sauna in Gran Canaria, popular with the locals. Note that Private rest rooms are at an extra charge 8on the .00pm - 2.00am ? The Nilo centre is located at the back of the resort on the opposite side of the Autopista main road to the gay freindly Hotel Eugenia Victoria
GAYumbo a free monthly colour magazine in English and German. Mainly has information about the Yumbo centre but also covers the Gran Canaria gay scene. Obtainable in many of the gay venues.
Amigos. Located Respect Almendros apartments, Opposite Cita Centre