Spain Guide


Gran Canaria Nightlife

The nightlife of Gran Canaria is whatever you want it to be. There are all night clubs, foam parties, karaoke, casinos and cabarets. The island has one of the liveliest gay scenes in the whole of Europe.or you can dine under the stars in a traditional Canarian fishing village, far from the madding crowd.

The hottest nightspot on the island is Playa del Ingles in the south. Head for the Kasbah to take your pick of hundreds of bars, disco pubs and nightclubs. There are gay bars and clubs, cocktail bars, Irish bars, sports bars, café bars with live music and almost every other kind of bar imaginable.

Entrance to most nightclubs is free but you pay over the odds for your drinks. The bigger clubs don't get going until about 1am but then the party keeps going till dawn (so it's a good idea to copy the locals and take an afternoon siesta!). Two of the most popular clubs in town are Joy, for pop and commercial music, and Cream, for more hardcore dance music.

Harley Rock, near the Kasbah and Maspalomas Plaza, is a favourite haunt with international visitors. It's an American style diner with "Tex Mex" food (burgers, ribs, apple pie etc served till 3am), rock music and live shows. Entrance is free and there's a happy hour from midnight till 1am.


Nearby Sunset Boulevard, in Plaza Maspalomas, has entertainment and live music every night with DJs playing the latest music good for pasta dishes, pizzas and freshly grilled meat.

If you're into RB, soul, blues, reggae and rock n' roll you'd be hard pushed to find better live music than at Alabama's next to the Hippodrome.

If you're staying in Puerto Rico, Snoopy's Bar is one of liveliest nightspots a late night party pub frequented by the young and trendy. Barbacoa Puerto Rico, with seating for 300, puts on three free shows a night everything from international vocalists and Elvis and Cher soundalikes to crude comedians.

For a more family orientated evening out, try Sioux City in San Agustin where you get a barbecue and wild west style entertainment.

Gamblers can try their luck at one of the island's two casinos, in San Agustin and Las Palmas.

When it comes to eating out, you'll be spoilt for choice. You'll find everything from British bangers and mash to international flavours from Russia, Argentina, India, China, Italy, the Middle East.

If you prefer to sample the local fare, there are many excellent restaurants serving traditional Canarian food from cheap and cheerful cafes to the most upmarket venues. Fresh fish specialties include the locally caught "sama" and small fried fish served with lemon called "longorones". Baby goat stew and Canarian new potatoes with spicy sauce are among other common local dishes.

Check with the local tourist information office to see if there any local fiestas or festivals taking place during your visit.

Carnival time, at the beginning of the Lenten fast before Easter (usually in February) is one of the most colourful and frenetic fiestas.

Corpus Christi is a beautiful week long religious festival in Las Palmas where the streets are lined with coloured sawdust, pebbles and sand along the procession route around the cathedral. This usually takes place in June (occasionally May).

September 8th sees the most important religious celebration in honour of the island's patron saint, the Virgen del Pino (Our Lady of the Pine). Locals walk through the night to the town of Teror, bringing local produce to their patron. As usual, this is an excuse for music and dancing in the streets till the small hours.