Pool parties, drag shows and themed cruises, Maspalomas Pride is anything but dull. Georgia Knight gets stuck in
Maspalomas, which takes place in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands is now its in 14th year, with more and more people attending the pride party, in fact, this year it’s estimated that over 100,000 people will attend – now that’s what we call a do! With all night parties, guest singers, sunshine and sea, the festival will keep you busy and entertained during your stay in Gran Canaria, Spain.
Gay Pride Maspalomas 2006 © www.svoogle.org
The annual gay pride complete with colourful and crazy festivities will be held 8-17th May this year, so book your flights now.
Take a break from the party and enjoy a trip to explore the area’s picturesque dunes on horseback, or marvel at the sea life at the local aquarium. And if you don’t feel like lounging by the pool head down to the beach and get on board a boat tour.
Maspalomas has several nature and wildlife parks, such as Palmitos Park, which has reptiles, exotic plants and birds.
Lay your head…
If you are looking for somewhere to stay there are plenty of excellent hotels all over Maspalomas. Whether you want to splurge on a 5-star hotel or set up a handy base at a budget hostel, here are three top picks for you to choose from:
Located in the heart of Maspalomas, this quirky hostel is priced from only £13 a night. Rent a bike, or borrow snorkelling equipment and ball games for a fun filled day. Volver hostel also provides water sports at a small cost. Suitable for any age this hostel is perfect if you want to have fun but keep an eye on costs.
This popular hotel offers tennis courts, a pool bar and a welcoming restaurant, as well as a spectacular view of the mountains, bars and shopping centres nearby. You can choose to go all-inclusive or self-catering. With rooms for two nights costing from £48, Palm Oasis sits right is a great choice for a mid range budget.
This luxury hotel has suites that overlook the sea and the plunge pool. Relax under a palm tree or visit the on site spa, Sheraton hotel is really something to splurge your spendings on, with rooms from £300 a night enjoy your holiday in style.
Puerto Rico beach
Located in the south part of the island this manmade beach enjoys calm waters and clean sand. This beach is popular among tourists for its picturesque views of sailboats and palm trees. With many bars and shops along the promenade, food and drink is easily accessible, too. Plans are currently underway to build a swimming pool that overlooks the beach.
Anfi Del Mar Beach
With white sand and clear waters this beach is perfect for visitors who are looking to hop on a jet ski and get stuck into some watersports. There are also glass-bottom boats that tour around the marina so you can discover the area’s colourful marine life.
A choice of ice cream stalls located at the back of the beach, as well as restaurants will ensure you won’t go hungry.
Voted one of Europe’s best beaches, Maspalomas beach is located next to the nature reserve where visitors can freely walk among the sand dunes. Like most beaches in Gran Canaria this beach has a good number of shops, stalls and bars.
Visit the official page of Maspalomas pride to book your tickets to the exciting event.
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