This article was published on March 26th, 2017
The Canary Islands is a sunny beach destination that most people dream of visiting at least once in their lifetime. The LGBT community has heard of this archipelago as a place to go for honeymoons and to experience amazing and friendly resorts. Over the past five years the Spanish islands, located off the North West coast of Africa, have been ranked as the top 10 gay beach vacation destinations, with Gran Canaria on the top. Paso Chico, one of the premiere gay properties in Maspalomas, on Gran Canaria, welcomes gay men with open arms and is one of the most enjoyable resorts on the island paradise.
Renovated in 2016, Paso Chico, with its cheeky name, is a cute, quaint 7-bungalow accommodation in the heart of Maspalomas, a small tourist town in the south of Gran Canaria. Right near the gay beach Playa del Inglés, Paso Chico offers 1 and 2 bedroom bungalows, fully equipped with kitchenettes – fridge, cooktop, microwave, and gear to prepare meals. The beds are firm—new mattress—no one likes sleeping on a well-used mattress. They’re also European style: king bed with two single mattresses on top. Every bungalow comes with your own little patio— the perfect place to relax with an evening cocktail.
Paso Chico is a clothing optional property—for a true tropical vacation. While typically attracting an older demographic, Paso Chico is open to guests of all ages, over the age of majority. It’s a really affordable option, especially for younger travellers looking to be centrally located, in the heart of the nightlife, yet close enough to the beach, and offering a complete package of amenities. Guests can spend the day lounging at the private pool and lush gardens and greenery around the resort.
Budget-minded travellers will appreciate the eco-option, to save a bit of money. Choosing to forego housekeeping means you can keep a few extra Euro in your pocket to get another drink each day! Besides, you make your bed at home and do your own dishes… it only takes a moment to do them as part of your regular routine while on vacation, plus you can save a buck!
Centrally located, which means you can walk to fantastic restaurants, like Mi Casa, for Sunday brunch (15 Euro for brunch, including a glass of cava!), the bus stop (take the public transit bus to/from the airport for just 3.50 Euro – cheaper than the 34 Euro private shuttle), and other activities like the incredible sand dunes – a must see and do on any visit to Gran Canaria. A 10-minute walk from the beach, 30 min walk from the gay beach. The resort is next to Jumbo – a full-service, open air shopping centre with hair salons, restaurants, clothing shops, super markets, and more. Plus, it’s the epi-center of gay nightlife with bars, lounges, and drag shows – right across the street from Paso Chico. A bit noisy at night, but who cares—you’ll be out partying anyway. And It’s super quiet in the morning while everyone sleeps in and recovers from the night before.
In short, Paso Chico is a fabulous place to stay, centrally located near anything and everything you could want to do on Gran Canaria. Paso Chico is open year-round, ready to take your reservation at any time.
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