It's one of 7 islands lying just off the north-west coast of
Although there are wonderful areas to visit away from the coastal regions the main place where gay visitors flock is the resort of Playa del Ingles in the south of the island. History and culture have by-passed this man-made, purpose built holiday centre but that does mean that it is totally geared to the visitor, hell bent on a week or two of pure hedonism. The main point of reference, certainly at night, is the famous Yumbo Centre. By day this is a massive family-shopping complex built on 3 levels but as darkness descends it transforms into a gay village full of queers and queers of all descriptions and nationalities. It doesn't get going till around 11 or 12 midnight which is when the shops start to shut and, from within this concrete maze, a host of little gay bars open to form this strange gay haven.
Everyone seems to move in-groups from bar to bar almost like a flock of sheep. Bar Nestor (on the ground floor) is where most of the English start the night off. It's run by a very friendly couple Barry and Stuart who are also good contacts for all the latest gossip and information. They also organise events like a weekly booze cruse that I'd recommended. Each Wednesday and Saturday Stuart drags up and hosts a very funny game-show called `Open the Box`. It's really an excuse to strip off some of the guys in the audience and raise some money for charity. Click here to see some photos from one of the evening's antics.
After Bar Nestor people head up the stairs to a terris area that's home to several popular thriving venues:
"Bar Tubos", "
The other most important part to this holiday island is the gay beach. Full of sexy naked men and well filled Speedo's. It's a £1.50 taxi ride to the
There are some small refreshment kiosks dotted around the sea front serving the essentials but beware of he sand as it's very fine and seems to get everywhere and not just in the sandwiches. Because the island is in the
If you feel the need to go swimming just be careful, although the sea is often warm enough the currents can be very strong and the winds fierce. However, this does make for excellent conditions if you are into windsurfing.
If you like entertainment, then another popular time to visit the island is around the first week of March when a massive Gay Pride festival held in Maspalomas. The opening party is usually a stunning affair and a great start to the week of fun and festivities. Everyone gets dolled-up in spectacular costumes, feathers a-plenty, cross-dressing and uniforms... even the str8's join in and dress up to be gay. The whole atmosphere is fantastic, and very much recommend it.