This FAQ page will be current again when the pandemic is over, hopefully for our next edition in 2022.

What’s the programme about, in general?

  • Regular events at terrace bars, pubs, sex clubs (!) and pools, including Europe’s biggest bear pool party.
  • Main Boat Cruise & Show. Imagine hundreds of bears and friends dressed in disguise, partying… on huge catamaran and floating disco, sailing along the coast!
  • Carnival themed events. Most bears gets a costume or at least a hat, so don’t be shy! We have a different theme every year. 2020’s one is Greece and Rome, so expect many gladiators, emperors and even gods at our toga party!
  • More unique events not to be found at any other bear week, such as our waterpark excursion, cheese & wine tours, scenic and colonial tours, neon beards party, bear tantra workshop, XXX bear cruise, singles and dating parties….

Is this just for bears? Will I fit in?

Most events have a scrict men-only policy at the door, but once inside, the atmosphere is very laid back. Bear Carnival is for bears, friends and admirers.  Even if some international bear events seem to cater for specific bear “sub-types”, such as musclebears or daddy bears, it’s not our case. Our surveys show the most appreciated trait of Bear Carnival (and Gran Canaria in general) is the complete lack of attitude. Trust us, no one feels excluded because of his body or age in here. There are so many social events (biggest bear social programme in Europe, actually) that it’s nearly impossible not to fit in and meet new friends. Finally, please don’t compare yourself with the guys on our photo galleries: they only show a tiny portion of the attendees.

I’m a solo traveler. Will I fit in?

Our bear week is probably the most social bear event in Europe, with more than half of the attendance coming alone with the main purpose of making new bear friends. Moreover, Bear Carnival is the first/only bear week for many of those bears. How did we get that? Apart from our massive, sexy parties, we have also designed a unique set of smaller social events where mingling is much easier: from the island tours and spa evenings, to the singles reception or the speed dating party.

I don’t like carnivals!

Come anyway! The programme is 9 days-long! There are more than 30 events to choose from, and none of the parties has a costume dresscode.

I don’t want to appear on any picture

No problem. In order not to appear in any photo, please just wear any lanyard on your neck. We will have some lanyards at the reception of the bigger parties, if needed. Our photographer will not take a photo of any man wearing a lanyard on his neck, at least not without consulting him first. And if someone is accidentally photographed with a lanyard on, the picture will be discarded, or at least he will be digitally obscured before publishing.

How many guys do attend?

1.200 new visitors (that is, on top of our huge local community) attended our latest edition. This is not the usual hype or imaginary number, but a statistical inference based on Growlr activity. We use their paid metrics to constantly track the number of newly arrived profiles to Maspalomas. Then we multiply the results for Growlr’s usage percentage according to our own yearly polls. And voilà!

So I don’t need a fancy dress… But what if I do?

Even when it’s not necessary, you would be very welcome with your favourite uniform or costume on, especially on carnival parties. The suggested theme for next Bear Carnival is “Greece and Rome”, so any leather  outfit will help on looking as a sexy gladiator 😉  Anyway, accessories and costumes will be available for purchase at our official fancy dress shop: Party Party, in Tirajana Avenue (Aloe Apartments, just a 5 mins walk fom Yumbo Centre). Just ask for Bear Carnival discount!

Is this a sex event?

Our bear week includes more than 30 events, including social events, fun events, relaxing events, and yes, also sex events… They are clearly identified as sex events on the programme. Specifically,  we offer one sex event per day, sometimes at daytime (ie, XXX Boat Trip) and sometimes at nightime (at Bunker, Noxon, Reds, Zoo and The Hole). All pool parties have a separate cruising area too. However, sex is not allowed in the rest of the programme.

Any nudist event?

We haven’t got any strictly nude event, but we offer a wide range of clothing-optional parties.  These include some relaxing events such as all spa evenings, all cruises, all pool parties at Basement, the tantra workshop…but also all the sex parties, of course.

When will the details of next edition be announced?

Please subscribe to our newsletter so we can update you. We only use that mailing list to inform on upcoming event dates and when tickets are available (only 2-3 messages per year, really). Anyway, we normally publish this information a year in advance, but this can vary a lot, as it depends on when does Town Hall release the dates of the upcoming Maspalomas International Carnival. We wait till then so those two major events don’t overlap and your travel expenses don’t get rocket high. 

Where can I get COVID-19 travel information?

The official COVID19 page from the Canarian Tourist Board has a good and informative summary on the coronavirus situation here.

I have a question about bookings or ticket refunds

Ticket-related frequent questions are answered on our specific Online Shop FAQ.

Do you still have any doubt?

Please contact us.