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Yumbo Centre Playa del Ingles

The Yumbo Centre Playa del Ingles-Something for everyone

Built-in 1982 the Yumbo centre in Playa del Ingles will never win any awards for architecture.  It looks like the brutalist architecture that was popular in many communist countries.  To me, it seems like a giant skip.  Nevertheless, the Yumbo centre is probably the most popular area in Playa del Ingles.  It is also the biggest gay entertainment zone in Europe. 

The Yumbo Centre

The Yumbo centre in Playa del Ingles has evolved over the years.  It is no longer just a gay area. Today the Yumbo centre is a destination for all people.  Gay.  Straight and families. 

Yumbo Centre Playa del Ingles

The Yumbo centre in Playa del Ingles has a few faces.  During the day most of the bars are closed.  There will be a few places where people will be enjoying a coffee or a refreshing beer in the midday heat. 

The main activity during the daytime time will be the shops on the floors just above ground level. There are over 200 shops bars and restaurants in the Yumbo centre Playa del Ingles. 

Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo centre Playa del Ingles
Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo centre Playa del Ingles

These shops sell a wide range of products. Clothing footwear and jewellery are some of the many things you can buy in the Yumbo.  The shops remain open until approximately 2100.  Some shops sell real brands but, many stalls also sell fake brands.  Make sure you know which is which when you are buying. 

Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo centre Playa del Ingles
Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo centre Playa del Ingles
Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo centre Playa del Ingles

One thing that surprises many people about the Yumbo centre is not only the number of restaurants but the quality of the restaurants.  You can find some highly rated restaurants in the Yumbo centre in Playa del Ingles.  A good idea would be to check online reviews before you sit down for your meal. 

Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo centre Playa del Ingles

The centre also has some children’s entertainment areas.  It is not unusual to see families in the centre until late evening.  

Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo centre Playa del Ingles

Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo centre Playa del Ingles

There is also a mini golf course at street level. 

Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo center Playa del Ingles

As the sun goes down and night begins to descend everything starts to come alive.  Many bars open and the show bars get into full flow. 

Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo center Playa del Ingles
Jumbo center Playa del Ingles

If you like the shows, then the drag shows on the first-floor kickoff before midnight and go onto the early hours of the morning.  There is also Spanish music and dance show but, that finishes a bit earlier. 

Yumbo centre Playa del Ingles
Drag show
Show on first floor
Show on first floor
Yumbo centre Playa del Ingles
Yumbo centre Playa del Ingles

The centre also has an edgier side.  Most of the gay bars are just regular bars with gay people in them.  There are also sex bars in the Yumbo centre just like straight resorts.  If you want to avoid these bars rule of thumb would be if you cannot see the inside of the bar don’t go inside the bar.  

Playa del Ingles
Playa del Ingles
Yumbo centre Playa del Ingles
Yumbo centre Playa del Ingles
Yumbo centre Playa del Ingles
Yumbo centre Playa del Ingles

Summary

The Yumbo is a lot of different parts of the one jigsaw.  It is a bit more relaxed than other entertainment complexes in Playa del Ingles.  The bars here are not pushy and very few if any will be trying to force you to do anything you do not want to. The place does look a bit tacky but so does Playa del Ingles.  

The big events each year are Gay pride in May and winter pride.  Also Carnival just before Easter. 

For Gran Canaria bus routes and times click here.

If you have time, I recommend a visit to the capital Las Palmas.  For things to do in Las Palmas, click here

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