Gran Canaria Gay Pride, Maspalomas - May 2007

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Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are a group of seven islands of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean, off the northwestern coast of Africa (Western Sahara) at about the same latitude as Miami in America. The islands belong to Spain, although it takes a good 2½ hour flight to reach them from Madrid (about 4 hours from London). Gran Canaria is the third largest of the islands, although Tenerife and Fuerteventura are larger in size, Gran Canaria has the largest population, about 741,000 inhabitants. Most visitors to Gran Canaria stay in one of the resorts along the South coast. The most gay of these are Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas.
Playa del Inglés (Beach of the English) is the largest tourist resort of the island. A mass of apartment blocks and hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants it truly caters for all ages and tastes and, despite the name, many nationalities.

Coming from the airport heading south, it seems like a concrete jungle in the middle of a desert with the ocean at one side. That is because this is exactly what it is. In Playa del Inglés you will not find a typical Spanish centre of the town with trees and elderly people sitting talking and playing cards. Most roads are curved and it's easy to get lost. Apart from the hotels and the beach, life happens in the 11 shopping centres that are renown for being quite touristy and don't look very attractive. Playa del Inglés is also considered one of the winter gay holiday capitals of Europe (September - June). The Yumbo Shopping Centre is where most of the gay action takes place in the evenings with more than 65 gay bars and restaurants, including hilarious drag shows and group-orgy darkrooms. Heaven is the largest gay nightclub. Pub Nestor is one of the most popular bars (and also organises a popular gay Booze Cruise worth checking out).

Established back in 2001, GLAY stands for the "Gay & Lesbianas Asociados del Yumbo". The organization is aiming at the support and care of the reputation of the Yumbo Centre and Playa del Ingles as one of the best, non-seasonal, homosexual holiday destinations in Europe. As well as raising awareness, Gay Pride is also about raising money for charities that support and help people with HIV and AIDS, as well as support to family and friends. The local charity in Gran Canaria is called "Amigos contra el Sida" (friends to fight and control AIDS).

Annually held during the month of May, Gay Pride has become bigger and better as each year passes with various events being held during the week long festivities such as exhibitions, discussions and a film festival, Drag Queen competitions and a Gay Pride march, dance party and a massive stage show including many star performers. The weekend of events is then closed with an extravagant fire work show on the Saturday night.

We stayed at the gay Club Tucanes hotel/resort and fully recommend it. It’s owned by the Sensations Holiday company who can offer some great package deals to the Canary Islands. There are two Club Tucanes resorts to choose from. If you’d like to stay right next to all the nightlife action of the Yumbo centre choose “Club Tucanes Playa”. If you like it a little bit quieter and layed back stay at “Club Tucanes Beach Boys”.   

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