People in the Canary Islands in general have become well known for their tolerant and welcoming disposition towards tourists, regardless of gender or sexual orientation they will have an open mind! :)
This has led to the island of Tenerife, a good Canaries example of already a perfect holiday destination, becoming one of the top destinations for LGBT people who want a summer break in the beautiful sunshine without fear of being judged or discriminated against. Such islands would not have become LGBT hotspots were it not for the fact that the people really must indeed be tolerant and friendly, or the European Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities would not keep coming back year after year!! :D
But it’s just not the people that they keep coming back to Tenerife for! The steady stream of LGBT people has led to the emergence of a whole host of venues and events established specifically with the aim of catering for the crowds of LGBT tourists flocking to these islands! Alongside the development of such fantastic venues and fabulous spectacles of events, the rest of the businesses and event organisers have learned to make things more welcoming and LGBT-friendly wherever possible, as to not do so would result in them losing out on good business. After all, tourists going on a summer holiday, whether LGBT or not, just want to have a good time, and people in the Canaries know that and so are doing their best to make sure everyone can get along and enjoy their holidays as much as they can! :)
Before I go on, I think it’s important to note that the growth of LGBT venues is not in anyway a bad thing for people are are not lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Such venues generally just attract more of one crowd that the other, as would happen with any venue! They exist to provide people spaces where they know they won’t be judged or feel like they aren’t accepted for being who they are.
In the vast majority of cases, all people are welcome in such venues, and people who are not LGBT should not feel in any way that they are not welcome! Such venues and areas are simply celebrations of diversity after all, and people just want to enjoy their holidays and have fun!! :D
So I’ve decided to do a roundup of some of the highlights of LGBT-friendlyareas, venues, events and activities to enjoy on the Canary island of Tenerife, and some general activities I would advise visitors to this wonderful island to do on their stay!!
Tenerife – Your Perfect Location for an LGBT Friendly Getaway
Every visit to the Canary Islands has been special to me. It’s really the kind of place for a proper holiday, the kind where you might spend a few days lounging about at the delightful beaches, spend your evenings in the clubs and bars and a few day trips for museums, hiking or other more active ways of spending your time. Tenerife can be reached with one of the many direct flights from Ireland. Dublin, Shannon & Knock all serve the airport of Tenerife Sur. The examples below show that a holiday to Tenerife really doesn’t have to be expensive.
Although Tenerife is famous for it’s beaches, you can equally spend a holiday on this island mountain-biking, hiking or maybe just relaxing at some of the island’s wineries and sampling some of it’s fine Spanish wines! The island’s interior is truly as stunning as its coast, and it really shouldn’t be overlooked! I particularly recommend this excellent destination for a bit of hiking along with everything else available. There are routes for every level, from leisurely strolls in the breath-taking landscape to full day hikes in tough terrain, so just pick up a book on the routes before you go and you’ll have no trouble. :)
Remember, the island of Tenerife isn’t just about getting tans at the sandy beaches, dining in scrumptious restaurants and cafes, and partying all night long in fabulous venues, there’s a lot more too! :D
Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz is a lovely town situated in the north of the island, and is perfect for nights out or relaxing during the day, with a nice choice of bars, restaurants and cafes. It really has everything you need for a fantastic day out on the town, and has everything you might want to turn that into a night on the town, or maybe two!! :D It’s the kind of town where nobody should end up feeling out of place or that they don’t belong, and so everyone is able to enjoy the interesting atmosphere of Puerto de la Cruz without worrying about such things! :)
I usually spend my nights out in Puerto de la Cruz with dinner in the excellentrestaurant Regulo, it’s got great service and the food is delicious, and it’s really reflected in the reviews! After that I’d recommend heading to Anderson Disco for a drink or two, and then onto Despanto Disco full of all sorts of guys and girls partying the night away, with regular events like drag shows on weekends. Or instead I might pop along to the Gothic themed, vampire-inspired Vampis Disco, depending on the mood! ;)
It’s basically just a fantastic place to go if you’re looking for a fun night out, and has plenty of LGBT bars, clubs and events to entertain all sorts of people! :D
Playa de las Américas
For incredible beaches and sunny weather in southern Tenerife, Playa de las Américas tends to be the spot that people go to. Luckily for LGBT people, it’s also the main location in the south, apart from the capital, where the gay scene is strongest and most prevalent!
It’s also worth mentioning that the PlayaFlor Chill-Out Resort is located in Playa de las Américas! It’s something you wouldn’t find too often in most holiday destinations, as the resort has an express policy of being LGBT-friendly. PlayaFlor is a resort and bar located right on the Las Veronicasstrip, and 5 minutes walk from the beach, and so is very close to the nightlife and party scene! It’s highly recommended for gay and straight parties and couples who wish to chill out all day and party all night. So it’s not really a place for sleeping and relaxing all too much, more suitable if you’re looking for something a little bit different! As is typical in any Spanish resort, the scene is quite geared towards the weekend and doesn’t really get going until late.I also recommend checking out the sun terrace above the bar which is good for watching the sunset. The location is great for a few days, preferably a weekend to just enjoy lovely long walks along the beautiful promenade to both the right and left of the hotel, or relax on the beach across the road. Staying here when it’s busy is a really experience you won’t forget and are almost guaranteed to enjoy!
The capital city of Santa Cruz also has a gay scene, although unlike the areas that have developed more to cater specifically for tourists, the gay scene in Santa Cruz is a lot more local than the touristy areas in the north of the island! This by no means makes it any better or worse, it just means that the scene in the capital is of a distinctly different flavour! :) I’d definitely recommend checking out both though, as you can get a sense of how different they are to each other. They both have a different kind of atmosphere and are certainly each worth exploring in their own right! You never know, you might prefer the much more local scene of Santa Cruz to the touristy north! :D
So hopefully that’s given you a little idea of what kind of things to expect in Tenerife when it comes to everything LGBT! Obviously there is a whole island to explore, but I hopefully I’ve at least pointed you in the right direction if you’re ever interested in coming to visit this incredible and beautiful Canary Island!!
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