Playa del Ingles / Maspalomas gay holiday

The gay part of Gran Canaria is Playa del Ingles in Maspalomas. It's located in the the south of the island Gran Canaria.

Playa del Ingles is situated in the south of Gran Canaria and is known best for it's beautiful sand dunes. It is a very popular gay holiday destination. The weather is all year round quite nice and warm.

It's only a few hours flight from Europe to Las Palmas and relative cheap to go when you look for a beach in autumn or spring. The most popular time to visit is September - November and March - June. In summer families with children take over. In mid winter you can also still go to the beach on some days, but don't expect it to be busy.

Where to stay?

<b>Where</b> to stay?

Playa del Ingles consists only of bungalow parks, apartment buildings and hotels. For most guys best place to stay is on walking distance (or better crawling distance!) from the Yumbo. Staying closer to the gay beach at Maspalmas can also be a good option, as it is only a few minutes by cheap taxi. We do not advise to stay any further, some all in packages put their guests in the middle of nowhere, with long taxi rides to Yumbo or gay beach.

Apartments and hotels

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Orientation

<b>Orientation</b>

Basic orientation On this map you see the Gran Canaria basics. The Yumbo, where all the gay night life is and the beach. Most buildings in Playa del Ingles are hotels and apartments.

full map of Playa del Ingles

Yumbo Centrum

<b>Yumbo</b> Centrum

The centre of gay night-life is the Yumbo Centrum. The Yumbo is an outside shopping center on 4 levels, with a park in the middle. There are only a few shops, most spaces are occupied by restaurants and (gay) bars and clubs.

There are about 20 gay venues in the building. Early evening the terraces are full in high season. Later at night the other bars and gay clubs on the other floors get busy.

gay bars

Gay beach

The Gay nude beach can be reached by taxi to the the Maspalomas lighthouse and then a 15 minute walk, or via a 20 minute walk via red route through the dunes from the Riu hotel in Playa del Ingles. That walk is entertaining (but more about that later). The gay beach is easy recognisable at the the rainbow flag at the little kiosk near the water. If you want to be comfortable, you can hire a chair. You can also lay down between the men near the water on the dune at the right. As every gay beach, you're able to get a sun taint right all over, bath clothing is optionable. And therefore, you'll be able to see the beatiful young boys and the not so beatiful older guys in all their glory....

gay nude beach

Cruising in the dunes

Behind the gay beach are the famous sand dunes of Gran Canaria. They are not only beautiful for photos, but the many bushes are cruisy aswell. It gets busy at around four o'clock, many guys leave the beach for a short and refreshing walk trough the the dunes, to explore the beauty and magnitude of gay nature. Some men camp here for the day instead at the beach, being out of the wind at wait for the catch of the day. Don't go there at night and watch out for police, sometimes they drive around in small 4x4 vehicles.

Dinner

For dinner, Yumbo offers a scale of gay owned restaurants, where you can have cheap and rather decent food. And mostly, the menu is there for you in your native language! Dinner time is the Spanish one, so quite late around 21:00.

Gay bars and cafes

After dinner, around 11 at night, most people sit down at one of the terraces ofthe big gay bars on the ground floor for a beer and some entertainment. Popular ones are Junior, Adonis and Wunderbar Every night, Ricky's Cabaret Bar and Sparkles Show Bar hosts popular karaoke shows and drag queen entertainment. Around midnight many guys go to the Construction bar to have a beer, enjoy the dancers and maybe have a look in the darkroom. Next to construction is the Cellar bar, which has different themes each night (underwear, naked, jockstrap). On level 2 you find more cruise bars like Cruise, Prison.

Dancing

After one, most of the young people are off to the video bars at the top floor Mykonos and Tubos. To finish the night of, the dancing crowd ends at club Mantrix. On the other side of Yumbo you'll find some more bars and clubs which get going late and go on till late at night, like Coco Loco, Macho Macho and Babylon XL (till very late)

Outside Yumbo

There are some bars outside the Yumbo Center. At the Avda de Tiranjana, a 5 minutes walk from Yumbo, you'll find a trendy gay owned restaurant called Mundo. CITA is a smaller commercial center south of Yumbo and features also the Chaps cruise bar in the basement. However, this area does not attract as many gay visitors as the Yumbo, the ultimate symbol of straightforward gay pleasure.

Gay bars, cafes and pubs

Adonis
Yumbo - 1st floor, Yumbo
German owned gay bar in Yumbo. At Planta 1. With large terrace, popular at the beginning of the evening.
mon-sun 18:30–02:30
Bärenhöhle
Yumbo - 1st floor, Yumbo
BEARCAVE, the Gay Bar for "Bears" - and those who like them on Gran Canaria.
mon-sun 20:00–02:30
Buddies
Yumbo - Ground floor, Yumbo
Friendly bar on the ground floor of the Yumbo Centre in Playa del Ingles. Gay owened and run with a mixed clientele Meals served from 10:00 until 21:30. [...]
mon-sun 10:00–00:00
Café Wien - Wien
Cita, level 2
High tea at the CITA after the beach for those not cruising: 16:00 - 18:00
mon-sun 09:00–19:00
Centre Stage - Center Stage
Yumbo - 2nd floor, Yumbo
Show, movies and musicals. Can't miss those tunes here...
mon-sun –
Coco Loco
Yumbo - second floor
Video music and party bar next to the Prison bar at the second floor of Ymbo. Very busy later in the night after Mykonos closes. [...]
mon-sun 22:00–05:00
Construction
Yumbo - 1st floor, Yumbo
One of the larger and popular men bars at the Yumbo. The (standing) terrace outside is filled with men of all sorts and ages, watching the gogo dancers, fire of shower shows or just the people walking by. [...]
mon-sun 22:00–04:00
Eden
Yumbo Center, Yumbo
Gay friendly bar with big and often busy terrace. Good for drinks with pleasant and friendly staff. [...]
mon-sun 12:00–02:00
Fiction
Yumbo - Ground floor
Fiction is located at the Yumbo ground floor opposite Ricky's. Terrace and cheap drinks, served by young guys in strings and beachwear. [...]
mon-sat 18:00–04:00, sun 18:00–00:00
Gio
Yumbo - Ground floor, Yumbo
Gio is a big - German owned - gay cafe for a relaxed drink or coffee early in the night. [...]
mon-sun 12:00–
Gran Cafe Latino
Yumbo Center, Yumbo
Big bar and terrace at the famous cruising corner Adonis, Peppermint and Nestor.
mon-sun 18:30–02:00
Hummel Hummel
Yumbo - 1st floor, Yumbo
Gay bar with terrace and dark room. Popular with older men and their admirers, many of them Germans. [...]
mon-sun 19:30–02:00
Junior
Yumbo Center, Yumbo
Dutch owned bar opposite Nestor on the groundfloor. Terrace viewing all the guys cruising by. [...]
mon-sun 19:00–03:00
La Bulle
CC Yumbo
Very nice lounge bar with lots of Belgian beers.
mon-sun 18:00–01:00
Meicker
Yumbo - Ground floor
Danish gay bar on the ground floor.
mon-sun 12:30–00:30
Melodies Bar
C.C.Cita, 2.floor , next to Cafe Wien
The perfect place to warm up before heading off to the Yumbo. Chris and Stephan and British and German couple welcome you to a cosy and relaxed terrace to enjoy a wide range of drinks and music.
mon-sun 19:00– late
Mykonos
Yumbo - 4th floor, Yumbo
Make sure you find your spot here around 1 am, and enjoy all the boys cruising the gallery or the darkroom labyrith in the back. [...]
mon-sun 23:00–03:30
Na Und
Yumbo - 1st floor, Yumbo
Popular German pils bar next to Construction.
mon-sun 21:00–03:00
Sparkles Show Bar
Yumbo 3rd floor
Big drag and show bar on the 3rd floor. Popular with the English, as it has drag and karaoke.
mon-sun 00:30– late
Spartacus
Yumbo - 1st floor, Yumbo
Gay bar next to Wunderbar on the ground floor. Big terrace.
mon 21:00–03:00, wed-sun 21:00–03:00
Terrys Show - Yumbo Centrum
Avenida de Estados Unidos, 54, 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana
Situated on the so called Yumbo Boulevard, on the 2nd floor, next to Coco Loco, Cruise Bar and XL
mon-sun 00:00–04:00
Tubos
Yumbo - 4th floor, Yumbo
Located next to Mykonos and a bit more campy, Music videos (mostly Kylie and Madonna!). [...]
mon-sun 23:00–03:30
Wunderbar
Yumbo - 1st floor, Yumbo
Mixed German (as you can expect) cocktail gay bar with terrace. Sometimes Eurovision songs on the beamer.
mon-tue 19:00–03:00, thu-sun 19:00–03:00
Yumbo Centrum
Avenida de Estados Unidos, 54, 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana
The Yumbo is the gay heart of Playa del Ingles / Maspalomas. Here you find most of the gay bars and clubs on the island. [...]
mon-sun 24h

Gay cruise bars

Basement Studios
Avenida de Estados Unidos 37, 35100, Yumbo
This small gay holiday resort is dedicated to naked cruising and sexual freedom and every day also open for day visitors. [...]
mon-sun 09:00–20:00
Bunker
Yumbo - Ground floor, Yumbo
New gay cruise bar at the Yumbo Centre, ground floor (opposite Wunderbar and Construction). [...]
mon-thu 22:30–05:00, fri-sat 22:30–06:00, sun 22:30–00:00
Construction
Yumbo - 1st floor, Yumbo
One of the larger and popular men bars at the Yumbo. The (standing) terrace outside is filled with men of all sorts and ages, watching the gogo dancers, fire of shower shows or just the people walking by. [...]
mon-sun 22:00–04:00
Cruisebar
Yumbo - 2nd floor, Yumbo
Like the name says: it's one of the largest cruising bar. For over 15 years in Yumbo Center. [...]
mon-sun 23:00–06:00
Reds
Avenida Tirajana 17
New underwear / naked bar open since December 2010. 100m from Yumbo centre direction dunes. [...]
mon-sun 21:00–04:00
The Box
Yumbo - 2nd floor, Yumbo
The Box is a Mens Bar on the second floor in Yumbo with an extensive darkroom, jackoff area, sling, punishment area and cabins. [...]
mon-sun 23:00–04:00
Yumbo Centrum
Avenida de Estados Unidos, 54, 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana
The Yumbo is the gay heart of Playa del Ingles / Maspalomas. Here you find most of the gay bars and clubs on the island. [...]
mon-sun 24h

gay friendly bars, cafes and pubs

Ricky's Cabaret Bar
Yumbo - 1st floor, Yumbo
Very popular drag and show bar. English owned and operated. The crowds on the terrace and outside on the streets enjoy continious drag shows and karaoke. [...]
mon-sun 21:00–03:00

Gay clubs

Coco Loco
Yumbo - second floor
Video music and party bar next to the Prison bar at the second floor of Ymbo. Very busy later in the night after Mykonos closes. [...]
mon-sun 22:00–05:00
Mantrix
Yumbo - 4th floor, Yumbo
Mykonos and Tubos close at 3, so then the whole crowd moves to the next door club Mantrix. [...]
mon-sun 02:00–06:00
Mykonos
Yumbo - 4th floor, Yumbo
Make sure you find your spot here around 1 am, and enjoy all the boys cruising the gallery or the darkroom labyrith in the back. [...]
mon-sun 23:00–03:30
Yumbo Centrum
Avenida de Estados Unidos, 54, 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana
The Yumbo is the gay heart of Playa del Ingles / Maspalomas. Here you find most of the gay bars and clubs on the island. [...]
mon-sun 24h

Gay saunas and bath houses

Heroes Sauna
Yumbo 4th floor, Yumbo
Finally Yumbo center has its gay sauna. Over 350sq meters full of features dedicated entirely to your pleasure and enjoyment, next to gay club Mantrix. [...]
mon-sun 16:00–00:00

Gay cruise bars and clubs

Basement Studios
Avenida de Estados Unidos 37, 35100, Yumbo
This small gay holiday resort is dedicated to naked cruising and sexual freedom and every day also open for day visitors. [...]
mon-sun 09:00–20:00
Bunker
Yumbo - Ground floor, Yumbo
New gay cruise bar at the Yumbo Centre, ground floor (opposite Wunderbar and Construction). [...]
mon-thu 22:30–05:00, fri-sat 22:30–06:00, sun 22:30–00:00
Construction
Yumbo - 1st floor, Yumbo
One of the larger and popular men bars at the Yumbo. The (standing) terrace outside is filled with men of all sorts and ages, watching the gogo dancers, fire of shower shows or just the people walking by. [...]
mon-sun 22:00–04:00
Cruisebar
Yumbo - 2nd floor, Yumbo
Like the name says: it's one of the largest cruising bar. For over 15 years in Yumbo Center. [...]
mon-sun 23:00–06:00
Reds
Avenida Tirajana 17
New underwear / naked bar open since December 2010. 100m from Yumbo centre direction dunes. [...]
mon-sun 21:00–04:00
The Box
Yumbo - 2nd floor, Yumbo
The Box is a Mens Bar on the second floor in Yumbo with an extensive darkroom, jackoff area, sling, punishment area and cabins. [...]
mon-sun 23:00–04:00
Yumbo Centrum
Avenida de Estados Unidos, 54, 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana
The Yumbo is the gay heart of Playa del Ingles / Maspalomas. Here you find most of the gay bars and clubs on the island. [...]
mon-sun 24h

Gay cruisingareas

Dunes Maspalomas
between Riu Palace Hotel and the lighthouse
For years the Maspalomas dunes not only have been the quickest way to walk to the gay beach, but also have been a vast cruising ground for gay men. [...]
mon-sun 24h

Gay and regular shops

Yumbo Centrum
Avenida de Estados Unidos, 54, 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana
The Yumbo is the gay heart of Playa del Ingles / Maspalomas. Here you find most of the gay bars and clubs on the island. [...]
mon-sun 24h

Gay and regular restaurants

Yumbo Centrum
Avenida de Estados Unidos, 54, 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana
The Yumbo is the gay heart of Playa del Ingles / Maspalomas. Here you find most of the gay bars and clubs on the island. [...]
mon-sun 24h

Gay events

Dunas Festival - various locations
The Dunas Festival is a gay socio-cultural festival wich the meaning is to enhance meetings and exchanges proposing a week of activities going from theme nights to pool parties, including restaurants dinners, cocktails, shows, gay boat cruise, exhibition, excursion. [...]

Big gay events

Carnival - Yumbo
The Maspalomas Carnival is an annual, taking place at the infamous Yumbo Center. It's mixed, but due to the dominant gay crowds, as Yumbo is the Gay Centre of Gran Canaria, it has a firm pink element to it. [...]
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Circuit Festival Gran Canaria - various locations
During the Maspalmas Gay Pride there will be an edition of Circuit Festival
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Dunas Festival - various locations
The Dunas Festival is a gay socio-cultural festival wich the meaning is to enhance meetings and exchanges proposing a week of activities going from theme nights to pool parties, including restaurants dinners, cocktails, shows, gay boat cruise, exhibition, excursion. [...]
Gay Pride Maspalomas - Yumbo
Maspalomas Gay Pride has become the second largest gay event of Spain (after the one in Madrid). [...]
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Maspalomas Fetish Week - Various locations
The Maspalomas Gay Fetish Week is a yearly event by several bars and clubs, with parties and events in and around the Yumbo centrum.
logo Maspalomas Winter Pride Maspalomas Winter Pride - various locations
After thirteen successful years of Maspalomas Pride, founding team members are building on the overwhelming success of this now famous brand by launching the first ever edition of Maspalomas Winter Pride Gran Canaria 2014. [...]

Events

Carnival - Yumbo
The Maspalomas Carnival is an annual, taking place at the infamous Yumbo Center. It's mixed, but due to the dominant gay crowds, as Yumbo is the Gay Centre of Gran Canaria, it has a firm pink element to it. [...]
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Circuit Festival Gran Canaria - various locations
During the Maspalmas Gay Pride there will be an edition of Circuit Festival
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Dunas Festival - various locations
The Dunas Festival is a gay socio-cultural festival wich the meaning is to enhance meetings and exchanges proposing a week of activities going from theme nights to pool parties, including restaurants dinners, cocktails, shows, gay boat cruise, exhibition, excursion. [...]
Gay Pride Maspalomas - Yumbo
Maspalomas Gay Pride has become the second largest gay event of Spain (after the one in Madrid). [...]
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Maspalomas Fetish Week - Various locations
The Maspalomas Gay Fetish Week is a yearly event by several bars and clubs, with parties and events in and around the Yumbo centrum.
logo Maspalomas Winter Pride Maspalomas Winter Pride - various locations
After thirteen successful years of Maspalomas Pride, founding team members are building on the overwhelming success of this now famous brand by launching the first ever edition of Maspalomas Winter Pride Gran Canaria 2014. [...]

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