Every self-respecting LGBT traveller knows that Gran Canaria is a hub of gay action, but the Canary Islands have much more to offer holidaymakers in the way of sun, sea, sand and sinking a few martinis before dancing to Cher till 8am.
The small island of Fuerteventura has a laid-back vibe and plenty of opportunity to relax. While the nightlife is limited, it caters well to the LGBT crowd and what it lacks in big clubs it makes up for in fantastic weather and stunning beaches.
For somewhere to stay, you can’t go wrong with the Hotel Corralejo Beach, a modern aparthotel sat right on the beach close to the gay strip and nudist section. If you’re after some luxury, the 5* Gran Hotel Atlantic Bahia Real is an elegant oasis close to Fuerteventura’s nightlife and gay bars.
The soft white beaches of Fuerteventura speak for themselves with the famous sand dunes of Corralejo attracting nudists and cosy couples day or night.
If you’ve had enough relaxation and fancy hitting the town for a mojito or two, the capital of Corralejo is your best bet. Spectrum Disco Bar is the town’s biggest gay bar and sees a whole host of varied visitors on its colourful dancefloor, and for something a little more chilled, try H20 Chillout Bar & Café, it serves great food and drinks on its sunny terrace.
The volcanic island of Lanzarote is home to 16km of beaches, bars to suit every taste and a welcome so warm you won’t need to plan your evening around the island’s gay-friendly spots, but you won’t want to miss them either! Stay in the charming harbour town of Puerto del Carmen. It has 6 km of stunning sandy beaches, a thriving promenade, and most of the island’s gay bars – for easy access to the drinking and dancing. While there isn’t a designated gay beach on Lanzarote, there are 97 other beaches to choose from which welcome everyone.
Papagayo Naturist Beach is perfect for evening up that tan and meeting likeminded LGBT lads and ladies for some romance in the sun. For a night out, Chanell’s LGTB Disco Showbar in Puerto del Carmen offers weekend drag and cabaret, DJ sets and a 4am close, or how about the laid-back WAX Sports and Lounge Bar in Playa Blanca, and Costa Teguise’s Lively Lady Show Bar which serves up drag comedy with a side of karaoke?
With its tropical climate, lush beaches and laid-back attitude, the popular island of Tenerife has been a favourite with gay holidaymakers for years. Much of the LGBT action is in the north, but everyone is welcome everywhere in Tenerife.
The only gay hotel in southern Tenerife, the stylish Playaflor Chill-Out Resort, is within walking distance of the beaches and southern gay bars. Back in the north, you’ve got far more choice with Puerto de la Cruz as the notorious gay capital. The Los Principes Hotel is right in the centre of the action and adds a rooftop swimming pool to the mix.
Tenerife’s stunning black sand cove, Playa Del Pozo, is a vibrant gay beach with nudist bathers and a popular coastal walk from La Paz to Bollullo beach, nicknamed The Mountain of Love; we hear the view is quite something…
For a night on the tiles, Tenerife doesn’t disappoint, from the bright and boozy dance clubs of Punto Zero, Butterfly Club and Despanto to a smattering of smaller laid-back bars, there’s something for everyone and many of them are open till 8am if you’re up for an all-nighter.