Ask a gay guy to mention a beach in Spain to party.. and they will most likely answer: Playa Del Ingles at Gran Canaria with its gay beach, Yumbo Centre, parties and hot guys… However, Last year I discovered Torremolinos. And I was surprised about the huge gay life over there. So, could it be a substitute for Gran Canaria? Let’s find out.
Take a plane to the beautiful city of Malaga, then take the metro and 1 hour later you ‘re lounging at the hotel’s swimming pool. But what are the pros and con’s of this beach city?
What to eat and where to stay
Torremolinos is famous for its huge hotels on the beach, but you can also find smaller places to stay at. If you prefer your hotel to be catered exclusively to the gay community, we can give you 2 options: Hotel Rituals and Hostal Guadalupe. Both places are close to the beach and the party locations.
Like Playa Del Ingles, you can find many fast-food restaurants, but Torremolinos and Malaga have great restaurants where you can eat Spanish food at a reasonable price. Also try the restaurant of Hostal Guadalupe: there you can have a 3-course meal with a drink for a great price… and it has to be said: it’s delicious.
Torremolinos hosts 2 gay beaches. Between them you find Eden beach bar with a nice terrace. On the boulevard you find a fancy place: El Gato lounge. But…the beach is less party minded then the one on Playa del Ingles: a bar, chairs and a beach… and no dunes for cruising. But nonetheless it all makes for a good place to enjoy the nice men and the great weather.
Playa Del Ingles has Yumbo center, Torremolinos La Nogalera. A huge place with many bars, discos, restaurants, shops and even a sauna. The most bars are modern and many have cruising areas. So start your evening at NA with a cocktail and then visit the happy hour of Free Eagle. That last bar has a free entrance and is a great place for fetish people. Then visit Men’s bar, Vida, Eden Copas and the best gay cocktail bar: La Bohemia.
The most bars and discos have cruising places, but you can also visit one of the many sex- and fetish clubs or one of the three gay saunas in the city (some of them have a lot of cute rent boys). Make sure to visit Querell, The Factory, Apolo sauna and sauna Atlas.
The discos start late. Aqua club has a nice bar with terrace and the disco (with cruising) is almost every day open. But on saturday everyone visits Centuryon! It’s a large disco, very beautiful and great music… When you leave this great disco…. it probably will already light outside and time for breakfast!
The pros and contras
Why you should go to Torremolinos and why to Playa del Ingles?
Torremolinos has a huge and modern gay life, 2 beaches, nice restaurants, cheap drinks and you are close to many cultural cities like Malaga or Granada. But the weather is seasonal, and younger guys will visit the place in the weekend.
For the good weather you have to visit Playa Del Ingles. You can visit it the whole year around. Also the gay life is vibrant and the gay beach is more party minded. However, the bars are older, there are no cultural cities and the flights are more expensive.
But whatever your preferences, you are bound to have an unforgettable gay holiday at the beach.