If you’re looking for some sun-kissed fun on the sand dunes, there’s always this mischievous Spanish island.
Just off the Atlantic coast of Northwest Africa floats the idyllic slice of oasis that has swooned generations of gay travellers. From its picturesque sandy beaches to the bustling urban centres, it’s the ultimate travel destination. It’s the one gay-friendly destination that’s a must for queers across the globe. If you’re looking to escape the gloomy British weather and get in a week of scorching hot action, the naughty island of Gran Canaria is just a short flight away.
At the heart of the island stands the Yumbo Centre, the perfect spot to spend a good day’s shopping. Having opened its doors back in 1982, it’s long been the island’s retail capital, bringing together a range of over 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants spreading 20,000 square meters. From fashion pieces to glittering jewellery, electronics to souvenirs, you’re sure to find it at the Yumbo Centre. Drawing in thousands of tourists throughout the year, it’s the perfect way to spend the day browsing, eating, drinking and yes, even partying. yumbocentrum.com
Built around a bustling public square, it’s a social centre where locals and visitors alike come together to catch a show on the festival stage. Each year the square is the epicentre of the goings-on for the infamous Maspalomas Gay Pride festival, the Freedom Festival and the Carnival. Grab yourself a snack, grab a strong drink and get ready for some world-class entertainment. As the sun sets and the clouds rush by, the Centre comes alive with music and merriment taking over the bars and cafes.
The party really gets going over at KiKi Bar. Within the centre, it’s a fun pop-driven bar where the drinks are always flowing. Bringing together that scorching hot Spanish party energy, with a heavy dose of commercial pop, this late-night bar is where it’s at! If you’re not familiar, a Kiki is a party for calming all your nerves, where spilling tea and dishing just desserts one may deserve. Well, according to the Scissor Sisters. With a host of drink deals, and open into the early hours, it’s the perfect spot to get your party on. facebook.com/kikibar.gc
When it comes to getting some naughty action in the Centre, you can always head over to Bunker Bar. On the ground floor of the Yumbo Centre, it’s a men-only sex-positive bar that’s open seven days a week. Offering three flours of playspaces, dark rooms, cabins, play areas and slings, there’s plenty of space to play and relax. Entry into Bunker Bar gets you’re a free drink you can drink down while you admire the porn films playing across their screens. After a few sips of that liquid courage, you’ll be ready to explore all the venue’s dark corners. bunkerbar.co
If you’re looking for something a little, shall we say, darker then why not book your stay at Basement Studios. It’s the island’s only gay holiday resort dedicated to naked cruising and sexual freedom. Picking up several of the island’s awards, it’s a popular joint for men looking for a weekend of sun-drenched filth. At the studios, you’re free to be naked whenever and wherever you want. Running on a no-attitude policy, they’ve created a space, especially for men to truly be sexually liberated. Split into bungalow spaces, each accommodating up to four guests, it’s the perfect place to head with your naughty friends. With a coveted maze area, outside slings, cabins, glory holes, stocks, cross and the unique sex turntable, there’s plenty to explore. basementstudios.eu
Direct flights from the UK operated by EasyJet (www.easyjet.com), Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) & British Airways (ba.com) amongst others. Get yourself a trip booked!