Gay Travel: What’s New in Gran Canaria

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Image via Passport

vacation mecca off the sun-scorched coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is favored by gay and straight tourists looking for a budget break in the sun, but this Spanish island is steadily becoming more sleek and seductive with new five-star resorts, international restaurants, private gay yacht charters, and other fancy ambitions.

Located in the Atlantic Ocean, 1,800 miles south of mainland Spain, Gran Canaria and the other six Canary Islands are located outside the European tax zone, meaning goods such as alcohol, tobacco, perfumes, and electronics are generally cheaper here than in mainland Europe. The third largest of these islands, Gran Canaria has year-round sunshine, a popular gay nude beach, clothing-optional gay complexes, and dozens of gay bars in the twin resort areas of Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas. These factors altogether affirm Gran Canaria’s status as an affordable gay hotspot, attracting gay men and lesbians from places including the UK, Germany, and Scandinavia with the promise of cheap fun and sun.

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