Tenerife and Gran Canaria – Nomadic Boys

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

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

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Five Best Beaches in Gran Canaria

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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The 5 Friendliest LGBTQ Vacation Hotspots

fantastic cultural meccas that always take a keen interest in making everyone feel comfortable, and those who identify LGBTQ will fit right in. So what are you waiting for—the party’s just ahead!

  1. Berlin, Germany
Berlin - pixabay With a long standing history that is as intense as it is troubled, Berlin has arisen from the ashes of its past to become one of the most diverse, well-rounded, and respecting cities in the world with multi-ethnicities immigrating and thriving with the German population. In addition to their incredibly progressive views, Berlin is also the gay capital of Europe with a gay museum, a gay memorial, and an openly gay mayor. While that doesn’t cover all the basis, the open-minded city is equally comfortable with the rest of the queer community. Head for Hafen, one of the most famous gay bars in town, Connection, a dance club that shouldn’t be missed, and Gay Hostel for accommodation—you’ll find plenty of like-minded people here to experience this amazing city with.
  1. Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles - pixabay While most of Hollywood is constantly under scrutiny of being one or more of the letters in LGBTQ, the truth is that Los Angeles is a great place to be LGBTQ. Between the cultural metropolis and its heavy art, business, and beauty industries, there are plenty of LGBTQ-friendly beaches and nightclubs to frequent, and the weather is always perfect for a stop down by the sea. Make a stop at The Abbey for the quintessential gay bar-lounge-party time, which includes both an indoor and outdoor areas and the most prominent members of the LGBTQ community as regulars on the busy weekends.
  1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Marijuana and prostitution aren’t the only things bringing visitors to Amsterdam; it’s also the totally chill vibe of the city of Amsterdam. Between the canals and coffee shops, the city is thoroughly on board with the LGBTQ cause—in fact, the city legalized same-sex marriage in the early 1800s, the first place in the entire world to do so. But enough about the history; time to get to the cool stuff! When in Amsterdam, do as the Amsterdamians do and hit up Cafe Dubbel D (formerly Cafe Rouge), one of the busiest shops in the entire city. Next, plan your day around Rapido parties, because this is a good time you aren’t going to want to miss. Then hit up Thermos for an excellent spa experience and Hemelse Modder for a perfect European meal and excellent service.
  1. Madrid, Spain
Madrid - pixabay Madrid is home to perhaps the gayest community around, Chueca, where nightlife reigns supreme, as well as lots of rights and cultural nods to gay culture. Madrid recognizes gay marriages and openly uses LGBTQ lifestyles to influence trendy shops, restaurants, and hotels throughout the city. It’s one of the most progressive cities when it comes to gay rights in the world, and that shows in their laws, party scene, and every other corner of life. The Cage (a popular fetish bar) is always a perfect place to head for a laugh or even something a tad more serious, but Space of Sound is one of my favorite hangouts for the go-go boys and total party vibe. Park it at Medea for the city’s oldest lesbian bar and don’t forget to leave plenty of time for a sauna experience—the Sauna Octopus is a must for every visitor! For a bonus into the city, I suggest downloading apps such as Grindr and Manhunt if outdoor cruising and sex parties are your thing (grab a Virtual Private Network for your phone to make sure the geolocation functions are working correctly)!
  1. Miami, Florida
Miami - pixabay Take one look at the hot bods and it’s obvious why Miami is a gay capital of the world—but more than just being a place to get hot and sweaty out in the open, Miami flourishes with culture and happenings that accept all flavors of ice cream (if you pardon my expression). While I think a stop at the topless-optional South Beach is an excellent way to spend an afternoon, I also suggest Da Leo Trattoria, for an excellent meal. Don’t miss out on Twist either for a run around the dance floor and then a relaxing evening on the roof for a drink and an overlook of the city that likes to party all night long. Any city is a great place for the LGBTQ community to travel, but these picks are a specific brand of cultural richness that will just hit all the right notes, so enjoy! Have any suggestions on where to head after finishing this list? Leave a comment or a next trip itinerary, and I will personally take the recommendation around for a ride! About the Author: Cassie Phillips is an active tech guru, digital nomad, and wordsmith discovering the world as readily as she explores obscure depths of the internet. Curious about anything and everything, she loves her cat, her coffee, and her growing photography collection. Ask her about her famous Birthday Cake Pancakes recipe or her one-time run in with Ben Affleck and JLO—both stories are likely to leave you in disbelief! All photos from pixabay, provided by Cassie Phillips]]>

Beach Escape to the Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol If you are looking for a destination that delivers some quality beach time and great weather, then it’s hard to beat Spain’s Costa del Sol. The term Costa del Sol refers to the stretch of coastline surrounding the city of Malaga – this region is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations. The weather and the beaches are the key attractions, and there has been extensive development along the coastline to cater for the influx of international tourism.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Spain's Balearic Islands – Adventures and Parties Await You

Balearic IslandsThe Balearic Islands of Spain, located in the western Mediterranean Sea, have been in the crosshairs of many rulers, from the Vandals of 461 AD to the Byzantine Empire to the Kingdom of Aragon. Many landmarks, like the imposing Gothic Cathedral in Mallorca and the salt marshes in Ibiza, are reminders of their ancient history and architectural wonders built on the beautiful islands. In addition to exploring the relics of past centuries, Mallorca and Ibiza both offer a plethora of excursions for outdoors enthusiasts. From boat rides through caves to tanning on gay-friendly beaches the Balearic Islands are a destination for every type of traveler. The Pueblo Espanol is one of several sights to see in Mallorca. Photo: Adrienne Jordan Start your journey by visiting the largest island of the archipelago, Mallorca. Perhaps the most recognizable landmark in the capital of Palma de Mallorca is the magnificent La Seu Gothic cathedral. Built from sandstone walls and lined with flying buttresses that seem to rise out of the sea, La Seu was created during the rule of King James I of Aragon in 1229, with construction finishing four centuries later in 1601. It sits within the old city of Palma atop the former citadel of the Roman city, between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace. It also overlooks the Parc de la Mar, where couples stop for a romantic bite and teenage locals host rap battles in Spanish.

By Adrienne Jordan – Full Story at the BAR

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Gay Malaga, Torremolinos, Granada and Madrid – Nomadic Boys

Nomadic Boys Gay Malaga We love Spain. Let’s face it, every gay man will come here at some stage of their life (or wish they did). After 18 months travelling in Asia, it was a refreshing change to visit a country that welcomes gays, like REALLY welcomes us! Spain was recently voted by a Gallup poll as the most gay friendly country in the world. Whether you’re touching down in the south of the country on flights to Malaga or travelling on to Madrid or Granada, you will be welcomed here with open arms.

GAY MALAGA

This made Stefan chuckle for hours. Malaga (with the stress on the second a) literally means wanker in Greek! The customs official at the airport was less impressed and pointed out the stress is on the first a… Malaga is in the very Southern tip of Spain and boy does it get hot here with temperatures always in the double figures throughout the year.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Mediterranean Wonders in France and Spain

Gaudis-La-Pedrera-in-Barcelona I’ve traversed the European continent more times than I can count, yet somehow Spain’s marvels had managed to elude me all these decades. Iberia has long been first on my bucket list and the prospect of an 11-day cruise hugging Spain’s Mediterranean coast, with Nice and Gibraltar as beguiling bookends, was the perfect way to finally take in the renowned Alhambra, Calatrava’s bridges, the staccato strains of Flamenco, platters of seafood paella, Seville’s magnificent Alcazar, and, what I’ve been longing for years to see, Gaudi’s fantastic architectural wonders. My previous cruise experiences were limited to river boats with 50-60 cabins, so initially I had qualms about larger ships, but the 500-passenger Azamara Quest (www.azamara.com) proved the perfect way to test the waters. Special touches emblematic of a luxury line were in ample evidence: exemplary service, bottled water at the gangplank, excellent wines paired at dinner, meals served on your schedule and in perfectly sized portions, so you still look forward to a dessert of vanilla creme brulee with raspberries. Yet, as classy as the Azamara Quest was, its ambiance remained friendly and casual, perfect for those like myself who prefer to leave the formal jacket at home. Aboard the Quest, my friend Rob and I unpacked and stowed our suitcases in our 175-square-foot Club Veranda Stateroom, replete with comfortable furnishings and handy extras like a pair of binoculars, fresh-cut alstroemerias, and complimentary shoe shine. The self-service laundry room down the hall proves crucial to those on longer voyages. Paying extra to enjoy the passing view through the sliding glass doors is well worth it, and we loved eating breakfast on our veranda and sleeping with the door open on warm nights.

By Bill Strubbe – Full Story at Passport

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