Treasure islands: best gay beaches in Tenerife and around
Aug. 01 2018
by Lachlan

Treasure islands: best gay beaches in Tenerife and around
best gay beaches in Tenerife and around

When the sun is out, there’s nothing quite like laying on a glistening beach and going for a dunk in the sea. In Europe, we’re spoilt for choice in terms of golden beaches, and fortunately plenty of them are gay. For years, the Canary Islands off the coast of northwestern Africa have continued to be a popular gay destination, and the pristine beaches here are well worth visiting. So you can spend more time planning your beachwear and perfect set of shades, we’ve made things easy for you and already rounded up the five best gay beaches in Tenerife, gay Gran Canaria, and around. How many are you going to tick up this season?

Playa Martianez 

When it comes to gay hotspots in Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz is at the top of the game. Throughout the streets of the old town and along Avenida Generalisimo, you’ll see plenty of bars and clubs draping the rainbow flag. Nearby you’ll find popular gay beach Playa Martianez. The beach is composed of black volcanic sand, providing something a little different from the other gay beaches in Tenerife. Playa Martianez is often quite busy with sunbathers any time of the day, and the area’s bushes, secluded coves, and mini sand dunes are good spots to have some privacy with a new-found friend. Book your misterb&b in Puerto de la Cruz now.

Playa de la Tejita

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Playa de la Tejita is one of the most popular gay beaches in Tenerife, and is located to the south of the island close to the town of El Médano. Spanning over one kilometer, you’ll easily be able to grab a patch of sand for yourself and your respective other. The blue-flagged section is the gay and naturalist section of the beach, so be sure to keep this in mind before dropping your boardies and potentially surprising some unsuspecting beach-goers. Sun lounges and shades are also available to hire, meaning you can spend the afternoon in full comfort. Book your misterb&b in El Médano now.

Playa de Palm-Mar

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Positioned in the southwestern part of the island, Palm-Mar is a quaint town that offers a mix of bars, restaurants, and alternative shops. Although Palm-Mar is very popular with both locals and tourists, this place reflects an authentic vibe, and is far from touristy. In front of the town, you’ll find Playa de Palm-Mar, which is an openly nude, gay beach. During the evening, this beach turns the heat up and is known about town as a popular place for cruising. Just a word of warning though, this gay beach is rather rocky, so be sure to pack plenty of towels to ensure a comfortable tanning session. Book your misterb&b in Palm-Mar now.

Playa Troya

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Playa Troya is located in the Santa Cruz area of Tenerife, and is a popular choice for some sun, sand, and boys. While Playa Troya attracts a range of different people during the day, the evening is when this place shows its true gay colors, with many people gathering on the sand to mingle and play. The Santa Cruz area is also home to several gay bars and clubs, making it a popular choice for gay travelers visiting Tenerife. Book your misterb&b in Santa Cruz now.

Maspalomas Beach

Just a hop, skip, and a jump over to the neighboring island of gay Gran Canaria, you’ll find the well-known gay beach, Maspalomas. The stunning beach is lined with plenty of different huts which function as bars, and once you arrive at hut 7, you’re at the gay section of Maspalomas. Anything goes here, with gay men nude sunbathing. Hut 7 serves beverages and snacks, and will often be playing loud music to encourage dancing.

To get to this beach, you need to cross some towering dunes that begin at Playa del Ingles. The dunes tend to be a popular place for cruising, particularly in the afternoon - so be prepared. There are regular 30-minute flights between Tenerife and Gran Canaria, or alternatively two different ferry routes operate between the two islands multiple times a day and the journey takes roughly eight hours. Book your misterb&b in Maspalomas now.

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