Maspalomas Carnival 2021

Maspalomas Carnival is one of Gran Canaria’s most colourful events with parades, drag queens and sequins, as far as the eye can see!

  • Event Dates

    Carnival has been postponed in 2021.

  • Key Highlights

    • The Drag Queen Gala event
    • Main stage in the Yumbo
    • Three days
    • Thousands of revellers
    • Street parties

Shows, street parties & parades – all in the Sun!

Carnival in Maspalomas takes place in the town of Villa de San Bartolomé de Tirajana. Most of the events take place in and around the largest commercial center which is also the gay center – The Yumbo.

Carnival was originally a pagan ritual which became part of the catholic festivities to celebrate the end of exceses and to get ready for the fast during Lent. In many places, carnival is celebrated over three days. These are the three days before Ash Wednesday, the day when Lent starts in the Christian calendar.

Carnival was prohibited in the whole state over the 40’s, during Franco’s dictatorship, although these festivities were clandestinely celebrated in some parts in Spain. In the Canary Islands, carnival was called “Winter Fiestas” in order to conceal its celebration before the dictator’s eyes.

The big nights are the drag queen competition and the all-night street parties. Expect thousands upon thousands of revellers for each event. On the busier days you’ll be hard-pushed to find that many Spanish not dressed in costume, everyone really gets in the carnival mood here

Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action

Silvi Villas,    Bohemia Suites & Spa,    Sol Barbacan,    AxelBeach.

Gay Map of Maspalomas

Most of the gay events take place in and around the Yumbo Centre. Check out our recommended hotels nearby for the perfect place to stay.

Video Of Maspalomas Carnival

Highlights of the Drag Queen Gala show in the Yumbo.

Recommended Hotels in Maspalomas

The Yumbo centre is the heart of gay nightlife in Maspalomas. We recommend you stay close to this area and use the shuttle buses or taxis to get to the gay beach.

Silvi Villas
5 Star Luxury

Silvi Villas by TAM Resorts

Situated in Playa del Ingles, a 6-minute walk from Yumbo Centrum, Silvi Villas by TAM Resorts features an outdoor swimming pool, as well as free WiFi. Boasting a sun terrace, Rooms are equipped with a coffee machine.

Bohemia Suites & Spa
Adults Only – 5 Star

Bohemia Suites & Spa

Offering large rooms with balconies, the adults-only Bohemia Suites & Spa is 200 m from Playa del Inglés Beach. It features a spa, 2 outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, gym and restaurant. One of the pools is heated.

Sol Barbacan 4 Star
Great Location

Sol Barbacan

The complex features a swimming pool, 2 hot tubs, and free WiFi in all areas. Set in gardens, the complex includes mini golf and beach volleyball facilities. There is also a gym and entertainment activities, WiFi free of charge.

Axel Beach 3 Star
Hetro Friendly

AxelBeach Maspalomas

AxelBeach Maspalomas – Apartments and Lounge Club – Adults Only features an outdoor pool, gym and tennis court. This gay and hetero-friendly, adults-only complex also has a hammam, hot tub and sauna.

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