Gay Costa del Sol, Spain – Gay Star News

Author: , August 14th, 2017

Costa del Sol

If you’re 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’s been extensive development along the coastline to cater for the influx of international tourism.

Beyond the coast, is the Andalucia territory. Much of the iconic symbols of Spanish culture can be found in Andalucia – the bullfights, the flamenco, the sherry, and the remnants of the rule of the Moors. You can easily spend days exploring the small villages nestled within the hills – all accessible from the coast.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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DDG Retreat – Gay Friendly Andalucia Getaway

Author: , July 16th, 2017

DDG Retreat

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

DDG Retreat offers the ultimate experience for couples looking for romantic getaways, weekend breaks, honeymoon or anniversary celebration on Costa del Sol. We are not a standard hotel but a family run Retreat. We don’t sell rooms – we bring you exotic Ambience within a stunning Natural setting with personalized services. DDG Retreat has more then 200 – 5 stars reviews and has been voted as Best in Honeymoon and Romantic Getaway 2016. We have also been covered extensively by World Press including Conde Nast, The Times, Sunday Times, Elle, Cosmo etc.

You can choose to stay at DDG Retreat’s luxury designer Villa for up to 12 Guests or enjoy a romantic break away with your Loved One at our beautiful Casa Pino with private plunge pool and tropical garden. DDG Retreat also offers you two the most luxurious Tents in the Europe.

Absolutely 5-bedrooms, 4 bathrooms Unique Luxury Villa surrounded by tropical gardens and panoramic views. Ideal for family breaks, special celebrations or anyone looking to get away from it all. This fantastic designer Villa with private heated Jacuzzi is located within a territory of natural Retreat within 4 hectares of land surrounded by tropical exotic gardens, natural pines and flowers. Stunning panoramic views stretching over Mediterranean sea, Gibraltar and Africa. If you are looking for a very private property to get away from everyday life, then this villa would be perfect. Villa has many terraces with panoramic views.

Casa Pino offers absolute privacy and solitude. Serene views stretch over to Gibraltar and African coast. Designed for seamless indoor-to-outdoor living, this property enjoys private plunge pool with outdoor lounging and dining area with BBQ. Outside bath in the garden will complete the romantic touch and exotic Ambience.

Boasting a private territory of 500m2, Royal Tent offers one of the most breathtaking uninterrupted views over Gibraltar, African coast, Pueblo Blanco Casares and the sea. Hot tub over the cliff will provide the most romantic and luxurious experience for Couples. Enjoy the feeling of being at a real cinema with your personal in home theatre dolby surround system and wine Cabinet with Award Winning Wines.

Elegant and light – Maharaja Tent is located on the elevated hill with beautiful views over the mountains. Spend your day relaxing by your private plunge pool, enjoy a bath under the stars or watch breath-taking sunsets from your private terrace. Outside shower will complete your exotic experience.

  • Stunning heated infinity pool 15×5 meters
  • sauna
  • steam room
  • gym
  • games
  • table tennis
  • tennis court
  • CD, DVD, books library and much more are of complimentary usage of guests.

See the DDG Retreat Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Andalucia

Get Your Claws into Malaga at the Mad Bear Beach Party

Author: , May 22nd, 2013

The Spanish gay scene is renowned for being wonderfully open-minded, welcoming and inclusive, and although you’ll find a scene of some description in all of the most popular Spanish resorts, it’s fair to say that some are more impressive than others.

Popular with gay British holidaymakers since the 1960’s, the Costa Del Sol resort of Malaga has an outstanding scene, particularly in the cosmopolitan coastal town of Torremolinos which may be small, but still finds space to hold the massive Mad Bear Beach Party every summer!

Taking place this year on the 14th – 19th August, the Mad Bear Beach Party is the brainchild of Madrid’s Mad Bear association, a group of prodigious local Bears that have single-handedly created an extraordinary Bear scene in their city and beyond since 2001.

Although still a relatively new event in Torremolinos, the Mad Bear Beach Party attracts thousands of Bears from across Europe for a few unforgettable days of fun in the sun, with DJ’s on the beach, Bear Boat parties, a Mr. Bear contest and so much more. If you’re planning to be part of the action, here is our guide on where to stay, what to eat and of course, where to drink in Torremolinos.

Where to Stay

As Torremolinos has an area of just 20km2, you’ll never be far from the fun, but if you really like to be at the heart of it all, look for hotels close to La Plaza de La Nogalera.

This central plaza is the hub of the gay scene in Torremolinos, with more than 30 gay venues and numerous affordable gay-friendly hotels within walking distance. What’s more, getting there is easy too with flights to Malaga available from low-cost airlines like Jet2.com.

What to Eat

You’ll need to keep your energy levels topped up and in Torremolinos, you’re spoiled for choice of great grub. El Sabor is a firm favourite restaurant among locals and holidaymakers alike, serving delectable fish dishes, juicy steaks and cracking cocktails, plus it’s gay-friendly to boot.

However if it’s a quick bite to eat that you’re looking for, many of the bars lining the promenade of El Gato beach have an extensive menu of Mediterranean tapas on offer throughout the day.

Where to Drink

When the Gay Bear Beach Party winds down on the sand, we can almost guarantee that you’ll follow the crowd to the El Gato Lounge, which most people cite as the very best gay bar in the whole of Torremolinos.

With a prime location right on the beach it’s the perfect place to mingle, plus it’s open throughout the day, whereas most other bars don’t open until 11pm. You’ll find a varied and vibrant crowd at El Gato Lounge, but if you’re strictly on the lookout for a ‘grrreat’ time, Bacchus Bar is Torremolinos’ premier Bear bar – could there be a more perfect after-party venue?

Spain’s Costa del Sol is Really Gay Friendly

Author: , December 17th, 2011

It is something Americans do not hear often in Europe. I was taking photos of the bustling street scene outside the gay bars and nightclubs in Torremolinos, on Spain’s famed Costa del Sol.

Two young Spanish men approached and asked me why I was taking pictures. I explained that I was a journalist from San Francisco and was writing an article on gay travel to Costa del Sol. “San Francisco, California, USA?” one of the guys asked. “Si,” I answered. They responded by cheering U-S-A, U-S-A, over and over again in the plaza until it was getting a little embarrassing.

If you are like most people from the USA, you probably have never heard of Torremolinos, but it is one of the gayest vacation towns in the world. With more than three-dozen gay bars and nightclubs, the city boasts that it has the most gay venues of any Spanish city outside of Madrid or Barcelona. Torremolinos is the only gay resort town in Europe close to a major airport, making it very easy to get away without driving for hours. The Malaga airport is just 10 minutes away from the heart of Torremolinos. Madrid is just 2.5 hours away on high-speed rail.

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Gay Travelers Invade Malaga

Author: , August 18th, 2011

The sun shines bright on this 90-mile stretch of Mediterranean seaside villages that has been–for nearly three millennia–the summer playground for Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Moors, and Spaniards. Here come the gays.

Every facet of Spain’s culture seems to be firmly rooted on the Costa del Sol: Picasso isn’t just celebrated in Malaga, he was born here; gazpacho isn’t just served in Andalusia, the recipe was written here; flamenco isn’t just danced in Seville, it was choreographed here; and Hemingway didn’t just write about bullfights in Ronda, streets and children are named after him here.

“Very new” effortlessly rubs shoulders with “very, very old” in these parts, including at the Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio Hotel (VincciHoteles.com) in Malaga, where my backlit bidet, at full blast, rivals the Bellagio Fountains laser light show in Vegas. It’s a little disconcerting when a bathroom is hipper than I’ll ever be. The new-meets-old is also evidenced by the Vincci’s millennial-modern lobby, which straddles a Roman wall circa 400 b.c. Seemingly every basement in Malaga, including that of the magnificent Picasso Museum (MuseoPicassoMalaga.org), has remnants of an ancient civilization on display.

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