'Fun in the Sun' with The Gay Canaries
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The Canary Islands are a welcoming place for gay and lesbian visitors and have been a popular destination for many years. The weather is good throughout the year, and blue skies and sunshine mean that you can enjoy sunbathing by the pool, a drink on your balcony, meet other gay and lesbian visitors on the beach or in bars during the evening, but all without rain or cold weather! 

Gay visitors come to the islands throughout the year as the weather and temperatures seldom change, and are welcomed in all bars and hotels. Christmas and New Year are very popular times to visit, but Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria holds the second largest Gay Pride in Spain and one of the most popular in Europe in May each year.

The main centre for gay tourists is Gran Canaria, but gay bars may be found on most of the larger islands. Carnival takes place on all the islands and is the most important fiesta for Canarian residents, and, although it is not gay, most straight men dress up as women and women dress as men - all very confusing! So a fabulous time for a party and sights that you will never forget - bring a costume!
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Maspalomas Pride Parade

It was a great party and an opportunity for the LGBT community to stand up for equality in Spain, and to remember those in other countries who are still fighting discrimination.

Living and Working in Spain and the Canary Islands

Interested in living and working in Spain and the Canary Islands? To find out more, read the 'Letters from the Atlantic' series of books, which are published in paperback and Kindle editions. Click here for further information.

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Letters from the Atlantic - Podcasts
To listen to more podcasts from an island in the Atlantic, just click on the link in the top right corner