The Gay Scene in Maspalomas
The centre of gay life is in Maspalomas, all within one large shopping centre! The Yumbo Center, the four-floor epicenter of Playa del Ingles. Here you’ll find much of what’s happening in gay Playa del Inglés. There are scores of gay bars, nightclubs and restaurant/cafes here, plus shops, of varied international flavors and cultural backgrounds. Spend a lazy afternoon, or party the night away. Their business roster changes from season to season, but there’s always another club nearby, and new places usually open as the old ones close.
While the infamous dunes provide opportunities for nudity and lots of all-male recreational fun,there are plenty of indoor cruising places too. Besides two saunas, several sex clubs and with naked nights in dark rooms with slings etc, and porn shop video lounges, there are dark rooms in the discos and in lots of other bars too, especially the men’s clubs.
The Yumbo is also where the annual carnival and gay pride events take place here in the south of the island.
In many ways Maspalomas/ Playa del Inglés is the most laid-back of Spain´s big 4 gay destination. Unlike beach towns “on the Peninsula,” winter doesn’t shut things down, and a cultural separation from mainland Spain makes for a slower pace of life.
Weekdays are slow, building up to the weekends. Sundays involve a lazy brunch, or Sunday roast, and time-out at the pool, and the occasional T party dance during the high season. The scene is broadly international. British/Irish English and German, along with Spanish, are the most often heard languages, with a few French, Dutch, Italian and Scandinavian accents thrown in.