Most European LGBT beach destinations are located in the sunny Spain, such as Sitges, Ibiza and Gran Canaria. In the latter case, this includes a nice subtropical, summer-like weather… even in mid Winter! Thanks to a vibrant gay community enjoying this climate, Gran Canaria hosts the biggest gay event calendar in the World. After Pride and Winter Pride, Gran Canaria’s most important gay event is also Europe’s largest programme for bears. But wait: it has nothing to do with any other “bear week” you may heard about before!

Say hello to “Bear Carnival”, held every March just after the World-famous Canarian carnival in Maspalomas, Europe’s largest beach resort. Well beyond the usual disco party and pub crawl driving most bear festivals, Bear Carnival’s programme comprises around 25 events, including Europe’s biggest bear pool parties, excursions to discover this subtropical paradise, fine dining experiences, luxury spa evenings, cabaret shows, a speed dating party… all organized around a crazy bear carnival with a new theme each year. 2019’s one will be “the vikings”. Highlights include a one-day cruise on one of the biggest catamarans in the World, retrofitted as a floating disco for the occasion (pirate costume suggested!), and of course the usual set of daily house sessions and sex parties at the legendary men-only clubs of Maspalomas. Moreover, all this will be available at the reasonable, VAT-exempt prices of the Canary Islands.

In short, Bear Carnival 2019 could easily be the most fun bear week ever held in Europe, ideal both for novices and long-time bear travellers in need for something fresher. As you can see, the schedule includes something for every kind of bear and admirer, which also means a 100% attitude-free ambiance. According to Growlr stats, around 1.200 bears from America to Mid East were seduced by this innovative concept in the last edition.

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Our capital city Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was founded before America was discovered, and it was a key stop in the colonization route. Get to know the roots of Latin American colonial art on a stroll down the historical quarter of the city, including the Cathedral and a guided visit to the House of Columbus, home to an excellent exhibition on the Discovery. We will have lunch at charming restaurant and then cross the northern lush valleys and get to Teror for a short walk around its historical streets, flanked by noble Canarian houses and religious monuments. We will finish our excursion at the impressive “Black Cathedral” in Arucas, made out of volcanic stone.

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