Destination: Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Gay Travel Destination Guide

We don’t hear of Gran Canaria often in the USA, It sounds very distant. Very exotic.  I assumed, incorrectly, that it would be like Mykonos.   But it’s actually the anti-Mykonos.

Its Gay-vacationlandia. Although its very much a part of Spain, Gran Canaria is 1,350  km (840 miles) south of the Iberian Peninsula.   Along with Tenerife and Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria is a dry mountainous desert island roughly 150 km (93 miles) west of Western Sahara, Africa.   Walking naked amidst Maspalomas’ famous sand dunes, you feel like you are in the great Sahara desert.  But fortunately the Atlantic Ocean and dozens of gay clubs are close by.  Where the dunes meet the sea, there are several clothing optional gay beaches each with bar service.   As it is so far south, Gay men go to Maspalomas for sun throughout the year.  And the best part, its all super inexpensive.

Maspalomas is a well developed tourist town where Gay bars  and sex clubs stand adjacent to mini-golf, drag queen shows, children’s clothing stores, and botox salons.   It where Gay men swim naked at the beach along with straight European families.

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While no destination fully compares to Maspalomas, its seems a lot like Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale …. just much bigger and more of it.   More Gay hotels, more Gay bars, more Gay sex clubs, more Drag, and much more Mini Golf.   And it all goes late into the night.

At the heart of Gay Maspalomas is the YUMBO Center…  an enormous  multi-level indoor-outdoor mall-bazaar  with dozens of Gay bars,  a multitude of restaurants, sex shops, clothing stores, gay cruising/ sex venues, and of course… mini golf.  You could take all of Fort Lauderdale’s  and Palm Spring’s Gay bars and businesses and they would easily fit into the Yumbo Center.

The Bars here come in 5 flavors.   There are Drag Bars for Gay Men and Straight Families.  Some have magic shows…. “Watch closely as the drag queen’s boobs get bigger and bigger … kaboom! … fun and laughs for the whole family.!”   There are British Pub Bars where the Brit Boys can get drunk by 11 pm and keep drinking thru the night. No pub hours here!   There are the Cruise bars.  There are  Sex Bars.  And then there are the hard action Sex Fetish Clubs.   There is something for everyone.

Why many Gay Men like Maspalomas:

  • Its Inexpensive
  • Its Campy
  • Its Sleezy
  • Its Fun
  • Its Friendly
  • There are Men of all ages…
  • The Dunes are have a unique beauty.  And you can be naked.
  • It’s a place you can relax, go to the beach,  cruise naked in the dunes, and/or go out and meet men at night.


Gay Places to Stay

Aqua Beach Bungalows  : A relaxed clothing optional resort for Gay Men adjacent to the Yumbo Center

Club Torso:  Well regarded clothing optional sex resort for Gay Men only.

AxelBeach Maspalomas:   Maspalomas resort destination for the Gay-centric Barcelona-based Axel Hotel.  More casual and not as luxurious as the Barcelona Hotel. Nice pool and outdoor areas.

Vista Bonita:  A relaxed clothing optional gay resort with all duplex rooms surrounding a central pool.  Newish and very well maintained.  About 1 mile from Yumbo.

Basement Studios: Hotel rooms amidst an active Gay-sex cruising bar-pool venue.  Adjacent to the Yumbo Center.  Day passes available.  Frequent parties and poolside BBQ.

TropicallaZona:  Gay resort with heated pool.  Tropical La Zona” is a bungalow complex just five minutes walk from the Yumbo Centre

Gay Beach

Beach Kiosk No 7 :  Clothing Optional Beach with a Gay Kiosk Bar and about 50 Lounge Chairs with umbrellas.  When its hot and sunny, the beach is packed


Gay Bars

Chez Funny Boys: Drag Show Bar in the Yumbo Center 2nd floor..  Quite popular. .  Check out the Men heading to the Cruise Bars as you watch the show

Coco Nutz: Drag Bar at Yumbo Center whah stays open late

Mardi Gras Bar:  Bar on ground floor of Yumbo. Reasonable prices. Open all day and evening.

Tipsy Hammock Bar:z Good food, good drinks, good music. Friendly place to start your evening.
Rickeys Cabaret Bar:  Drag Show Bar in the Yumbo Center.  Quite popular.
La Bulle: Drinking Bar at Yumbo, Ground Floor
Barack’ Are: Friendly French drinking Bar at Yumbo Center.  House Music late into the night.


Cruise/ Sex Bars

Bunker:   Three floors of sex activities, open every night.  G.L.A.Y Awards;  Sex Venue of the Year

XXX MEN ONLY SEX BAR XXX Open 7 nights a week Bunker offers something for everyone, over three floors you will find darkrooms & zones, cabins, play areas, slings, fisting beds, a smoking area and so much more, with lots of space to play or relax you can be sure to find something to keep you up all night. Entry to Bunker includes a free drink which you can enjoy as you watch porn on our big screen or while exploring the facilities. 

Cruise Bar at Yumbo Center Buy a drink and go inside to meet and play. Popular with Men 30+

Reds:  Gay Men Sex Bar with 2 floors and lots of action.  Great Tom of Finland imagery by the owner/ artist.  Its open until everyone is spent.   “Its like Cheers, but for Sex-active Gay Men …

The Hole:  Glory holes, Cabins, Gay Sex Clubs. Nightly events

The Zoo:  Sex Club; more tame than the others.




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