Casa Felix – Chio, Canary Islands, Spain

Author: , May 20th, 2017

Casa Felix

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

We are a happy lesbian couple, but we welcome people of all spots, stripes and labels. One of us will most likely always be around, and we are adventurous enough to communicate with you in English, French, German and more. We are able to tell you about anything you want to know about Tenerife: one of the most diverse islands we have ever visited and we have travelled extensively.

Casa Felix is our dream house. The house, which is actually made up of three completely independent apartments, was lovingly remodeled by our predecessors, a charming retired Austrian couple. The moment we walked onto the property it was clear to us that a lot of love and care had gone into creating this small oasis on the Island of Eternal Spring (the nick name for Tenerife).

Before you even enter the house, the garden will blow you away. There are three very mature palm trees which serve as visual anchor points. A collection of various cacti shout out to any visitor: this location is warm all year round! There are various fruit trees (e.g. plum) but our personal favourites are two very healthy lemon trees with copious amounts of phenomenal fruits. And, of course, flowers are always blooming! Much of the ground is covered by flagstones and gravel imported from the local quarry and a groundcover that at first glance may look like a grassy lawn but is actually a thick patchwork of a local, drought resistant groundcover, shorn to look like grass.

The house and the grounds gaze across an expanse of banana plantations and wild shrubbery towards the Costa Adeje. You can admire the Atlantic, sparkling in the not too distant vista distance (15 minutes by car), and the distinct shape of Tenerife’s small sister island, La Gomera, from all the balconies, sun terrace, and much of the garden. Indeed, while visitors to Casa Felix sip their beverage of choice, the sun sets behind La Gomera in the most wondrous of ways and warm days turn into warm nights, with the bright stars sparkling in a black velvet sky to remind poor city dwellers that orange skies are not the norm in nature!

Since you will look at our website there is no need to describe the charms and benefits of our two, fully self-catering apartments. But remember: Casa Felix is a passion of ours. Our aesthetic is crisp, state-of-the-art functionality, and in tune with the natural surroundings, and we are constantly trying to improve the existing comforts and design sensibilities of Casa Felix. Cleanliness is incredibly important to us, and we believe you will appreciate it as well.

We are always interested in hearing suggestions for improving people’s stay. If you have any ideas to make the apartments even more special, please let us know. After all, if you have chosen our place for your vacation, it means we have very similar tastes.

La benvinguda a Felix Casa (Catalan for Welcome to Casa Felix!)!

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Canary Islands

Gay Gran Canaria – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , August 18th, 2016

Gay Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a notorious gay destination in Europe, specifically in Playa del Ingles in the South. The island has always been a beacon of tolerance whilst in the olden days, mainland Spain used to have an extremely hostile conservative attitude led by the Catholic Church. The Canary Islands were a popular place to exile people who broke social rules and thought differently.

During the harsh, repressive Franco years, Gran Canaria was too far away from the mainland to bother with, so they turned a blind eye to homosexuality there. From the 1960s, tourism really started to take off, attracting more and more foreigners and therefore even more tolerant attitudes.

Today, the island is a playground for the gay boys, particularly in the famous Yumbo Centre a shopping mall in Playa del Ingles full of mainly gay bars, clubs and boutique Clone Zone type shops. Theres so many gay hangouts in Yumbo Centre to choose from, we’ve sifted through some of our favourites in our gay guide to the best gay bars, clubs and events in Gran Canaria.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Gay Hotels in Gran Canaria – Nomadic Boys

Author: , August 15th, 2016

Gran Canaria gay hotels

Gran Canaria has long been a gay destination for the gay boys. The Yumbo Centre is made up of gay bars, clubs and shops and forms the base of the gay scene on the island.

There’s a variety of excellent gay friendly and exclusively gay accommodation in Gran Canaria, whether it’s bungalows, resorts or boutique hotels. Here’s our 5 unique gay hotels to stay in Gran Canaria we discovered:

#1 GAY PASO CHICO

Gay Paso Chico is a male only gay hotel in Playa del Ingles and the ideal place to stay with a group of friends or for solo travellers who want to party and be based near Yumbo Centre. It’s also walking distance to the sand dunes and the famous gay beach at Kiosk #7.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Tenerife and Gran Canaria – Nomadic Boys

Author: , August 4th, 2016

Canary Islands - Nomadic Boys

The Canary Islands are renowned for the many pride events, carnivals and orgies of colour that take place throughout the year. Some of the most colourful of all include Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria in February, offering up the sort of atmosphere that can rival Rio along with some mind blowing drag queen competitions.

We love our carnival party fun atmosphere and after the Lou Queernaval in Nice, we were keen to discover more, but Spanish style.

THE CARNIVAL OF LAS PALMAS

Drag queen fever has taken over the world, especially since THAT iconic Miley Cyrus VMA performance. The Drag Queen show at the Las Palmas Carnival in Gran Canaria includes spectacular performances from drag queens drenched in glitter, OTT lipstick, fabulous platform heels and some of the best lip syncs you’ll ever see.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Gran Canaria – Nomadic Boys

Author: , July 30th, 2016

Nomadic Boys - Gran Canaria

When we told our friends we were going to Gran Canaria for a summer break, the reaction went along the lines of…

“You’d better return with plenty of STDs otherwise it NEVER happened!”

OR:

“Oh yeah Gran Canaria… one of my mates came back absolutely RUINED – literally: he got pissed with a few blokes he met in the sand dunes and ended up spending the entire night there!”

Gran Canaria certainly has a fierce reputation and is hugely popular with the gay boy party crowd.

And for good reason: Maspaloma Pride is one of Europe’s largest annual gay events. The beach near the sand dunes of Playa del Ingles is THE place to hang out during the day and then it’s on to the infamous Yumbo Centre in the evening – a shopping mall gay playground filled with bars, clubs and Clone Zone type shops.

However, there is a completely different side to the island, begging to be discovered. Most will base themselves in Playa del Ingles and not make it past Yumbo or the sand dunes. So here’s our 5 things you didn’t know about Gran Canaria to inspire you to venture out beyond the pink Playa Del Ingles bubble.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Canary Islands Gay Travel Resources

Five Best Beaches in Gran Canaria

Author: , July 25th, 2016

Gran Canaria

With its year-round temperate weather, there’s never a bad time to visit the gayest Canary Island of them all: Gran Canaria. Known around the world for its rugged landscape and the friendliness of its locals, the destination – which covers a landmass of just 1,560km squared – is most famed for its paradise-like beaches.

Here, we look at five of the best – from the gay beach on the doorstep of the island’s most buzzing town, Maspalomas, to the secluded nude beaches favoured by locals…

Playa de Montana Arena

Its name translates to ‘Sand Mountain’ because of the large mound overlooking it, offering unrivalled privacy and isolation. It draws a varied crowd and is favoured by many local LGTBIs living in the south. About half the people who go to this beach sunbathe in the nude.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Hidden Treasures on the Island of Lanzarote

Author: , May 30th, 2015

Lanzarote - Joe MorganWhen I first told people I would be going to Lanzarote, I got two reactions; one, ‘You’re going to the wrong island mate, Gran Canaria is a little further west’, and two, ‘But there’s not much there, is there?’

To answer those reactions, now that I’ve been to the Canary island off the coast of Morocco, is again twofold: the first, I know what the Yumbo is like, enough already, and two, there is definitely stuff to do in Lanzarote.

While it has this repuation for being a giant pile of volcanic rubble, it is actually an island with far more to say than that. Like Shakespeare and Stratford, the Beatles and Liverpool, Lanzarote is devoted to its forefather Cesar Manrique. He was a 20th century artist who used the island as his canvas. He moulded and shaped the lava, the very ground, into scuptures and other forms of art.

By Joe Morgan – Full Story at Gay Star News | Canary islands Gay Travel Resources

Seven Things You Might Miss on Gran Canaria

Author: , May 13th, 2015

Gran Canaria - apple mapsGay tourists to Gran Canaria are loyal – a fact that will soon be illustrated with Maspalomas Pride around the corner (it takes place from 8-17 May).

But how many of said tourists miss out on the best this sun-kissed Atlantic island has to offer?

I asked every gay tourist I met there how often they visited – ‘every year’, ‘seven times in three years’ and even ’11 times in four years’, they said. But few have ever left the gay holiday area of Maspalomas.

With year round sun, it’s tempting to spend the day by the pool or on the gay beach before hitting the slightly tacky, but incredibly friendly, bar and club scene. Then wake up hungover and do it all again.

By Tris Reid-Smith – Full Story at Gay Star News | Canary Islands Gay Travel Resources

Image via Apple Maps

Thousands Will Fly In for Gran Canaria Pride

Author: , March 16th, 2015

Gran Canaria PrideThere’s no better time of year to visit Gran Canaria as an LGBTI tourist than Maspalomas Pride.

The 14 pride in the gay holiday resort from 8 to 17 May will see visitors and international performers fly in from all over Europe and beyond.

The week of events will feature pool and foam parties, drag performances, boat trips, fundraisers and even a cowboy dance off.

By Tris Reod-Smith – Full Story at Gay Star News | LOCATION Gay Travel Resources

The World’s Most Lavish Drag Competition

Author: , March 9th, 2015

Drag Gala at Santa Catalina Park - Photo by Dan Allen

When you think of Gran Canaria, you probably envision tropical white sand beaches, rolling green golf courses and long-dormant black volcanos.

You’re likely unaware that the second most populous of the Canary Islands is not only one of Europe’s top gay destinations, it’s also home to one of the world’s most extravagant annual drag events, the Drag Gala at Santa Catalina Park.

And be aware that this isn’t your grandfather’s drag show. It’s cutting-edge entertainment that leans more toward Lee Bowery than Chad Michaels. More than 30,000 people — many in costumes of their own — attended the sold-out event on February 20, while an estimated 127,000 viewers followed the production live online and on local TV.

By Jeremy Kinser – Full Story at Queerty | Canary Islands Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Image by Dan Allen