Gay Pride Maspalomas 2018

Jedes Jahr, im Mai, wird im Süden von Gran Canaria, in Maspalomas und Umgebung noch bunter und noch weltoffener als im restlichen Jahr gefeiert. Wenn das überhaupt möglich ist. Denn dann findet die Gay Pride Maspalomas statt. Zwar finden einige Veranstaltungen auch auf dem Wasser oder am Amadores Strand statt, Schwerpunkt der Pride ist aber das Yumbo Center, auch ohne Gay Pride das Schwulenzentrum der Insel Gran Canaria.

Maspalomas Gay Pride 2018

Gay Pride Maspalomas – the grand, vibrant party returns to the south of Gran Canaria from the 3rd to the 13th of May 2018 for the 17th time!

Every year during the month of May, the south of Gran Canaria, Maspalomas, becomes more colorful, cosmopolitan and fun than usual – if that’s even possible. This comes as no surprise, as Gay Pride Maspalomas is in town. Although some events take place on the water or at the Amadores beach, the main focus is the Yumbo Center – Gran Canaria’s famous LGBT hub, popular all year round, Gay Pride or otherwise.

Maspalomas Gay Pride 2018

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Vielen Dank für den Beitrag zur Gay Parade auf Gran Canaria. Mein Onkel möchte an einer Gay Parade teilnehmen und bestellt bereits fleißig queere Produkte für die große Party. Gut zu wissen, dass die Parade jedes Jahr aufs neue mit tollen Events glänzt.

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Event Schedule Gay Pride Maspalomas 2018

Gay Pride Maspalomas will be celebrated for the 17th time in just a few days, starting the 3rd of May 2018 ending two weeks later on the 13th of May 2018. The highlight is a huge Parade taking place on the 12th of May 2018, a Saturday. Picture clear, blue skies, the sun shining on warm, smiling faces, surrounded by great music, extravagant floats and fun costumes – be sure not to miss it!

Event Schedule Gay Pride Maspalomas 2018

The Gay Travel Experience: Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

I visited for Maspalomas Winter Pride 2018, which takes place in early November. My time spent on this majestic island was short, but it was a time I’ll never forget.

I made more gay friends during my visit to Gran Canaria than any other destination or gay pride that I’ve been to. Since then, these friends have turned into long-term buddies and travel partners! Whats more, Maspalomas pride is by far the friendliest gay event I’ve been to.

Gay vacationers in Maspalomas are talkative and so outgoing! There are fewer groups of men who are closed off to making new friends. It was such a nice change from the usual gay pride vibe. Maspalomas is a top gay vacation destination for Europeans, especially Germans, Spaniards and the French.

Gran Canaria is the largest of the Canary Islands. You will surely find rainbow flags and gay resorts everywhere. Take note that Maspalomas is a town completely occupied by tourists. There are not too many local Spaniards to be found, as I’ll mention below.

The Gay Travel Experience: Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Gay Maspalomas: Hotels & Where to Stay

The three most important considerations for booking hotels in Maspalomas are proximity to Yumbo Centre and beaches, and availability of a private/community pool. Taxis are plentiful and cheap, but it’s much more convenient to be able to walk to some destinations like the town center.

Playa del Inglés is the main gay area of Maspalomas and many prefer to stay nearby. Life revolves around Yumbo Centre since all the bars and restaurants are nearby. If you are visiting for a pride event, it is much more desirable to stay in one of the many Playa del Inglés hotels.

If you’re not concerned with the gay parties/bars or Yumbo Center in general, then there are plenty of other beautiful options to pick from. There are loads of highly-rated resorts in La Playa de Arguineguín, a beach town only a ten-minute drive west of Playa del Inglés.

A bit farther west, you can find some truly majestic accommodations in Playa Cura, many which have spectacular views.

Accommodation types in Maspalomas are typically resort/bungalow style rentals and chic hotels. Vacation apartment rentals also exist and many people do check VRBO rentals in Maspalomas. But overall, they don’t seem as popular given that hotels are already pretty inexpensive.

I stayed at Eó Maspalomas Resort. It’s a bare-bones accommodation that is only a 3 to 4-Euro cab ride from Yumbo Centre. Having the swimming pool and personal patio made my stay very relaxing. It was also a great layout for sharing a space with a friend.

Maspalomas Gay Travel Experiences

Yumbo Centre is the hub of all nightlife. But, let me tell you a few more things about it. Firstly, the center is sort of like a “New Orleans Bourbon Street meets Bangkok’s gay district.”

Everyone socializes at tables outside or they just grab drinks and wander! Physically, Yumbo is not pretty. It’s just a spot to get wild and have some fun!

Also, the setup of Yumbo Centre is sort of “walled-in.” Everything faces inward, which I love. You enter through various stairwells and passageways.

High-end restaurants are mostly within the higher-end hotels and resorts. Food is decently cheap here in the Canary Islands, but the convenience stores are not. It’s a good bet to simply eat out. There are a couple run-of-the-mill Chinese and Indian restaurants close to Yumbo.

Maspalomas Gay Bars

There are so many gay bars and clubs in Maspalomas to choose from in Yumbo Centre. Mykonos Bar is one of my favorites. They have a fun outdoor terrace for a fun indoor-outdoor feel. 

Otherwise, most of the fun is just exploring the dozens of gay bars in Yumbo. wide-open terraces and cabaret bars pack in thousands of gay men.

If you are visiting for Maspalomas gay pride, the crowd drastically changes around midnight. Earlier in the night you’ll find an older European audience. Hang around a little later and things get wild with a primarily 25 to 35-year old crowd.

Gay Events in Gran Canaria

Since Maspalomas is a huge gay holiday destination in Europe, the island holds many gay events every year. Aside from Maspalomas Pride, there are several themed gay holiday weekends on the largest canary island.

First I’ll discuss Maspalomas Pride weeks, and then I’ll mention some other fun gay party weekends.

Maspalomas Gay Travel Tips

Taxi cabs in Maspalomas are trustworthy. Of all the taxis I took, none of them tried to rip me off. They are extremely cheap as well. Most don’t speak much, if any English.

Knowing the name of the road where you are going is best, especially if your hotel isn’t well-known. The cabbies are honest guys, so tip them well!

If you’re flying to Maspalomas from another destination in Europe, I would check ticket prices with Vueling first. Their tickets are some of the cheapest and I’d definitely choose them over Ryanair.

One of the many Gran Canaria public buses can take you directly from the airport to Yumbo Centre. It is only 3 Euros or so, a much better deal as opposed to the normal 50-Euro ride. Playa del Inglés is not near the airport, so the bus is definitely worth it. You can grab a cab locally once it lets out at Yumbo.

I have a few friends who decided to take a day trip around the island by car to check out the beautiful landscapes. If you have the time, this may be of interest to you. 

I personally stayed in central Maspalomas the entire time. However, there truly is much more to see on the largest Canary Island.

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Eine schillernde Parade mit mehr als 80.000 Teilnehmern

Gran Canaria – Mehr als 200.000 Personen, davon viele aus dem Ausland, haben in den vergangenen Wochen an den Veranstaltungen des „Maspalomas Gay Pride 2018“ teilgenommen. Der Erfolg des Events unterstreicht einmal mehr die Beliebtheit Gran Canarias und im Speziellen des Südens der Insel als Reiseziel für Schwule und Lesben. Die Insel wird über das Tourismusamt schon lange als „Gay Friendly“ beworben, und Maspalomas gilt als eines der beliebtesten Reiseziele der Gay-Community in Europa.

Am zweiten Wochenende im Mai nahmen bei strahlendem Sonnenschein an die 80.000 Menschen an der diesjährigen bunt schillernden Parade der Schwulen- und Lesbenbewegung teil, und der Urlaubsort Maspalomas stand an diesem Wochenende ganz im Zeichen der Regenbogenflagge. 25 Festwagen fuhren bei dem Umzug mit und warben für Respekt und Toleranz gegenüber der LGTBI-Community. Zum Abschluss des Festivals gab es ein Konzert auf der Plaza des Centro Comercial Yumbo mit Auftritten der Sänger und Bands Ruth Lorenzo, Vengaboys, Sharonne und Norwood.

Der Termin für das „Maspalomas Gay Pride 2019“ steht bereits fest: 2. bis 12. Mai 2019.

Maspalomas Gay Pride from 6 – 16 May 2021

Welcome to the 20th anniversary edition of Maspalomas Gay Pride! From 6 – 16 of May 2021 at Europe´s favourite gay paradise; Gran Canaria. Organised by the Freedom Association. This is the non-official website managed by ProGay.

Termin Gay Pride Maspaloms 2018

2018 wird die Gay Pride Maspalomas bereits zum 17. Mal gefeiert und los geht es bereits in wenigen Tagen, am 3. Mai 2018. Die Maspalomas Pride geht auch wieder über zwei Wochenende und endet dann am 13. Mai. Höhepunkt ist wieder der große Umzug durch Maspalomas mit vielen Festwagen, sehr vielen gut gelaunten Menschen und toller Musik und, wir sind auf Gran Canaria, tollem Wetter mit blauem Himmel.

Die große Parade findet auch 2018 am zweiten Wochenende statt und zwar am Samstag, dem 12. Mai 2018.

Gay Pride Programm

Die Gay Pride Maspalomas hat viele tolle Events, die jedes Jahr wieder für Furore sorgen, aber natürlich gibt es Jahr für Jahr auch immer wieder Neues im Programm. Wie zum Beispiel die Gay Boat Party, die ein tolles Zusatzprogramm zur Gay Pride darstellt und nicht die einzige Veranstaltung auf dem Wasser ist. Nachmittags finden meist Pool Partys statt und das an wechselnden Orten.

Winter Pride Maspalomas 2018

Wer im Mai keine Zeit für die Gay Pride Maspalomas hat, sollte versuchen im November wieder zu kommen. Seit 2013 gibt es noch eine Winter Pride Maspalomas. 2018 findet diese vom 5. bis 11. November statt. Bei dieser gibt es den Pride Walk, an dem 2017 bereits über 10.000 Menschen teilgenommen haben.


Gay Pride Maspalomas makes a splash with many awesome events, though naturally there’s always something new to enjoy from year to year. This year has its own wonderful additions, such as the Gay Boat Party which is not the only event found on the water; in the afternoon, Pool Parties often take place in various locations too.

Gay Pride Maspalomas 2018 proudly operates under the motto: Freedom Party

Thursday, 3rd of May beginning at 9pm: Gay Pride Maspalomas Grand Opening starring VideoDJ Hector, Yumbo Main Stage. The Gay Pride event is officially opened at 6pm at the tourist office directly at Yumbo Center.

Every night beginning at 9pm: Rotating program with Music, Various DJs and Groups at the Yumbo Main Stage. Good atmosphere guaranteed.

Tuesday, 8th of May beginning at 1pm: Pink Pool Party at Los Almendros starring DJ Ricardo Ruhga and DJ Iván Pequeño

Wednesday, 9th of May beginning at 1pm: Women’s Pool Party at Axelbeach Hotel Maspalomas. The Wet & White Party takes place on the same day at Amadores Beach Club (there are buses heading there from Yumbo).

Thursday, 9th of May beginning at 10pm: Drag Queen Gala at the Yumbo Main Stage. The Freedom Party Burlesque with DJ begins at 12pm in the same location.

Saturday, 12th of May is the great Gay Pride Maspalomas Parade we’ve all been waiting for! It begins at 5pm, heading up the entire Avenida de Tirajana all the way to the Yumbo Center, where at 6pm the big Mega Pop After Parade takes place and the party keeps going all night long! Finally, the Freedom Oh My Gods! Party begins at 12pm featuring international DJs.

No doubt, a large part of the event program is especially geared toward members of the LGBT community, however it’s undeniable that everyone can at least enjoy the Pride Parade on Saturday, and the lively, joyful openness of the people joining in the event. Not to mention, there’s exceptional entertainment to be found on the Yumbo Center Main Stage every night, that attracts all kinds of people.

Winter Pride Maspalomas 2018

Those who unfortunately can’t make it to Gay Pride Maspalomas this May have a second chance to come in November thanks to Winter Pride Maspalomas, which was introduced in 2013. It takes place from the 5th to the 11th of November 2018. The highlight during this event is the Pride Walk, which garnered up to 10.000 participants in 2017. If you have the time, consider visiting both months for twice the yearly fun!

Is Gran Canaria Spanish Speaking?

Many travel newbies assume that because Maspalomas is the largest Canary Island and because it is occupied by Spain, that there must be a ton of local Spanish life around. This is not exactly the case.

Spanish is the official language of the Spanish Canary Islands, but aside from that, there really is not much “Spanish culture” per se. This is simply because the island mainly caters to tourists.

Many more locals from the Canary Islands are found on other nearby islands, but not so much in Gran Canaria/Maspalomas. Nonetheless, the atmosphere is gorgeous and you have to see the dunes! Your fellow Maspalomas gay travel buddies are bound to be on the friendly side, too.

Maspalomas Gay Beaches & The Dunes

Now it’s time to talk about Las Dunas de Maspalomas! I’m sure you’ve heard about and seen many photos of these dunes. Spectacularly scenic, do not leave the island without walking through them. 

Head toward the Maspalomas gay beach and take tons of photos. Watch out for a few areas that have cacti, as the little burrs can hurt and be difficult to remove.

There are two points from which you can approach the Maspalomas gay beach, called Kiosco Beach Number 7. If you prefer a route walking along the shore, grab a Taxi to Plaza del Faro and walk east. You will pass various pockets of areas with beach chairs.

The beaches in Maspalomas are beautiful, and the water is warm enough to swim in most of the year. Most people don’t swim during the coldest couple months since drying off can be chilly.

At the Kiosco Beach Number 7 gay beach, lounge chairs are free. Most people just spread out on the sand though. There is a small cash-only bar as well, so bring your Euros. Don’t forget a sexy swimsuit!

Bunker Maspalomas Cruising Club

If you’re interested in a little more “fun” after some dancing, Bunker is the main Maspalomas gay sauna and cruise bar with a darkroom basement. They charge a cover at the door of about ten Euro.

If there is a sizable crowd in the Yumbo Centre, you can expect Bunker will be open with a good crowd.

When is Maspalomas Pride?

Maspalomas hosts two pride events each year. Gay Pride Maspalomas is in May, conveniently scheduled before pride season ramps up in the rest of Europe. Winter Pride Maspalomas is in November.

Be cautious when looking at the official Maspalomas Pride events because some of them are quite far from Playa del Inglés, which is the top place to stay during Maspalomas Pride. I purchased one ticket to a beach party but it was so far away we decided not to go.

Bear Carnival Maspalomas

Bear Carnival is another super popular gay festival in Maspalomas. In 2020, Bear Carnival will be March 20-29. There is an entire week of scheduled events, but the main party weekend is March 27th to 29th.

Bear Carnival is branded as Europe’s biggest bear event. Their events typically include a welcome barbecue, a neon-beard party night, speed dating night, a toga party and sex parties at the maspalomas gay sauna. 

Fetish Week Maspalomas

I would love to go to Maspalomas Gay Fetish Week the next time I visit the Canary Islands. The photos from past events look great. Many of the gay resorts will participate in the overall fetish week themes.

In 2020, Maspalomas Fetish Week will be from October 2-11. All the proceeds go to a local HIV/AIDS charity. Learn more about Maspalomas Fetish Week Official Website.

Gran Canaria Summer Fiesta Events

With events all throughout August, there’s no excuse to miss Maspalomas Summer Fiesta! The end-of-summer gay event program starts on August 1st and finishes up on August 31st.

Summer Fiesta Maspalomas has literally everything from wine tastings and free scuba experiences to their famous “Please Disturb” cruising party.

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Aber hier jetzt Auszüge aus dem Programm:

Die Gay Pride 2018 steht unter dem Motto: Freedom Party.

Große Gay Pride Maspalomas Eröffnungsparty Donnerstag, 3. Mai, ab 21 Uhr, auf der Hauptbühne im Yumbo mit VideoDJ Hector. Offiziell eröffnet wird die Gay Pride bereits um 18 Uhr und zwar am Tourismusbüro direkt am Yumbo.

Jeden Abend, ab 21 Uhr, auf der Yumbo Hauptbühne Musik, Open End, Gute Laune garantiert. Wechselndes Programm. Verschiedene DJs und Gruppen.

Dienstag, 8. Mai, die Pink Pool Party im Los Almendros, Beginn 13 Uhr mit DJ Ricardo Ruhga und DJ Iván Pequeño.

Mittwoch, 9. Mai, Women’s Pool Party ab 13 Uhr im Axelbeach Hotel Maspalomas. Am gleichen Tag findet auch die Wet & White Party am Amadores Beach Club an der Playa Amadores statt, es gibt Busse vom Yumbo dorthin.

Donnerstag, 10. Mai, ab 22 Uhr auf der Hauptbühne im Yumbo, Gala Drag Queen und ab Mitternacht die Freedom Party Burlesque mit DJ.

Samstag, 12. Mai 2018, die große Gay Pride Maspalomas Parade, los geht’s um 17 Uhr einmal die gesamte Avenida de Tirajana hinauf bis zum Yumbo Center, wo bereits ab 18 Uhr die große Mega Pop After Parade stattfindet und dann die gesamte Nacht gefeiert wird. Ab Mitternacht mit der Freedom Oh My Gods! Party und internationalen DJs.

Ein Großteil des Programms ist sicherlich vor allem für Schwule und Lesben interessant, aber natürlich lohnt sich vor allem ein Besuch des großen Umzugs am Samstag. Während der gesamten Pride findet auf der Bühne im Yumbo Center am Abend ein tolles Programm statt, das nicht nur Gays und Lesben anlockt.