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

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Barcelona on a Budget

Author: , May 10th, 2015

La Sagrada Familia - Apple MapsWith the euro now in favor of American travelers for the first time in many years, European cities with chic, cosmopolitan flair are an attractive travel option this summer. Barcelona is one of our current favorites, with its world-class architecture, museums, abundance of tapas restaurants, and seaside ambiance. Sure, flights are still seasonally priced — we found round-trip fares of $1,300 for mid-July between New York City and Barcelona — but what you’ll pay on the ground can easily make up for the flight. Here are five ways to explore Barcelona on a budget.

1. Explore the free museums.

Time your visit right and you’ll have the chance to soak up tons of culture gratis. On the first Sunday of the month, plus Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Museu Picasso waives admission, saving you [euro]14 (or a little over $15). You’ll also find free admission at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya on Saturday afternoons, from 3 p.m. to close, as well as the first Sunday of the month. Yet another Sunday perk: Get in free at Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (commonly referred to as CCCB) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

By Kristine Hansen – Full Story at Shermans Travel Blog | Barcelona Gay Travel Resources

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Gay Ibiza Like a Local

Author: , May 3rd, 2015

Scott DempsterScott Dempster, an Ibiza rooftop bar manager, talks about gay Ibiza, Spain.

Ibiza is a little different from Dumfries, the town where 25-year-old Scott Dempster is from.

When he originally came to the Spanish island at the age of 17, it was the typical go out in San Antonio with friends and go crazy.

But then when he returned the next year, he saw the other side of Ibiza – the beautiful side.

The following year after that, he was calling Ibiza home.

Now 25, he manages the rooftop bar of Hotel Es Vive, one of Ibiza’s hottest spots for chilled out drinks and stunning views.

Why have you stayed in Ibiza?

For me, Ibiza is home. I always knew I would end up living here.

What’s the best gay night out?

You’ve got Calle de la Virgen, which is the gay street, and to be honest I don’t tend to venture out there too much. From time to time there are a few bars I like to go to, but normally if I like to go for a drink I go to the port, because there are lots of bars down there. For gay bars, I’d go to the Soap Bar. It’s a nice crowd, really nice atmosphere. There’s not really anywhere just for twinks or bears or whatever, everyone just comes together.

By Joe Morgan – Full Story at Gay Star News | Balearic Islands Gay Travel Resources

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

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Take a Gay Fashion Trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands

Author: , February 23rd, 2015

Modus Vivendi Model - Tenerife, Canary IslandsMen’s fashion brand Modus Vivendi takes us on a trip to Tenerife, the largest and most populous of the seven, volcanically-formed Canary Islands of Spain, in the new campaign for its Bear Line of underwear, starring model Fran Otero and photographed by Adrian C. Martin.

MoretravelThe campaign was shot in the stunning Esperanza forest, often foggy because it is up a mountain close to the cloud zone where the moisture creates the lush green moss so prominent in the photos and video. Tenerife also boasts the third tallest volcano in the world (measured from the base on the ocean floor), Mount Teide, which is protected as a National Park and World Heritage Site. It most recently erupted in 1909 and remains active.

By Andy Towle – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Canary Islands Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa El Castano, Jaen, Andalusia, Spain

Author: , February 10th, 2015

Casa El Castano, Jaen, Andalusia, Spain

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

Andalusian Hospitality at its Best: Totally renovated former olive mill, 4 luxury ensuite bedrooms, some with handmade beds, cool cotton sheets and linens; all individual yet uniquely Andalusian. Gorgeous pool and gardens, with amazing 360 views. Situated in the rolling olive groves of rural Andalusia – come and experience this gem.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Villa Tupinetti, Sitges, Catalunya, Spain

Author: , January 30th, 2015

Villa Tupinetti

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

Your Place for a Idyllic Holidays in Sitges: A welcoming House from the 60’s, with all the current commodities and the vintage charm (furniture and decoration). In second line in front of the sea, in one of the best areas in Sitges. Solarium. 108,99 meters from the beach.10 minutes’ walk from the centre of town. wi-fi.

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Biking Madrid

Author: , January 28th, 2015

Carlos Melia - Madrid by Bike

The best decision take was to rent a public bicycle by BiciMAD and biked all over Madrid. The bikes are fantastic and electrically motorized, if you choose to use that feature. Great for a city like Madrid, with so many hills. Let early from the station locate right next to my hotel, the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond.

A fantastic way to explore the city, at your own pace, having access to places and landmarks in a completely different way, which happen to be a marvelous day. The process is easy, just get your BiciMAD Card, get some credit and start biking. First stop was Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Almudena Cathedral, Royal Palace and Plaza Espana.

From my last stops, I move on along Gran Via and La Castellana, to Paseo del Prado, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Atocha Train Station and Chueca. Make sure to park your bike every 28 minutes to avoid any extra charges.

From I moved on back to Jardines de Sabatini, and from there all the way down Cuesta de San Vicente to the newest landmark of development Madrid RIO, along Rio Manzanares. I mean, who knew Madrid was crossed by a river ? Did you know that Madrid comes from Arabic roots “al-majrit” meaning “the water channel”. A promenade along the Rio Manzanares extending for over 4 miles, right next to the district of Casa de Campo.

Back to Plaza Mayor, to enjoy a local lunch at one of my favorite restaurants at EBOLI. Great way to relax, stretch my legs and enjoy some local delights.

Next and final stop after biking along Cibeles, Palacio de Cibeles and Puerta de Alcala, was Parque del Retiro, beginning by my favorite entrance the Felipe IV gate. From there to Palacio de Crystal “Crystal Palace”, the statue of the Fallen Angel and the monument to Alfonso XII. BTW.!!!

Did you know that the Statue of the Fallen Angel or the Dark Angel, was thought to be for many years the only of its kind depicting Lucifer. The truth is, that there are two others around the world, one in Italy and the other one in New York. Funny enough, the exact altitude where the statue is located is 666 mts. over sea level. The number of the beast. Coincidence ?

From there, only blocks away, back to my hotel the Hotel Ritz by Belmond, to relax and get ready for drinks at Velazquez Bar followed by dinner at Goya Restaurant. Indeed, don’t you agree with me, it has been a marvelous day.

By Carlos melia – Full Story at The Carlos Melia Blog | Madrid Gay Travel Resources