You visited Gran Canaria and now you love its magnificent weather, nature and people? Want to live here, because…. why not?
Always dreamed to have your own activity such as a restaurant, bakery or anything else. Gran Canaria is pretty much the “gay el dorado” as it is the perfect place to open an LGBT+ business.
If you’re not the entrepreneurial type, your best chances are to work in the hospitality industry (hotels, bars, restaurants as the island is full of them) or work as a performer (singer, dancer, drag queen) as the island has shows every single day in many venues.
Many are also opting to work remotely from the island (with their company located elsewhere on Earth). You will also find several co-working spaces if you need one.
Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas are located in the city of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, which itself is located on the island of Gran Canaria, which itself is one the Canary Islands, which themselves are part of Spain, which itself is a member of the European Union, which itself is on the planet Earth ! Phew!
Moving too Gran Canaria means moving to Spain. So all you need to know is pretty much Spaniard culture. Expatica is pretty much the best resource online to prepare your move in a new country and to learn about all of the local customs. So click here for all the information necessary.
If you are a citizen of the EU, you can move here pretty easily. Just your ID is enough. If you are not, you’ll have to look at your options with the Spain embassy in your country. If you live in a country where being gay is illegal (and of course that you are gay/lgbt+) you can claim your human right to asylum.
In Spain, to be able to work legally, you will need to register, you’ll obtain a number called NIE.
Once you have your country situation figured out, you’ll need to become a resident with the city (you have to go to city hall in person). Bonus, for all Canarian residents, to bring them closer to mainland Spain, they get 75% discounts on all flights and boats to travel there (Madrid, Barcelona, etc). That’s a super awesome perk to have!
Pretty simple, in Gran Canaria, most homes are listed on Idealista. Click here to see everything available at the moment in the South of the island (where most gays are). Feel free to narrow the settings on the menu.
You can already rent your one bedroom apartment from 550 EUR/month (if you’re lucky), then it’s pretty easy to find something between 700-1100 EUR/month, up to big houses of 3000 to 5000 EUR/month (in that case you might as well just consider buying).
As far as buying, at time of writing the cheapest apartment is 41 000 EUR and the most expensive is a 7 millions euros house.
The highest concentration of gays (locals and expats) are in Playa del Ingles. Some in Meloneras, Campo Internacional and San Fernando. And the others, scattered around the rest of Maspalomas (Sonnenland, El Tablero, Pasito Blanco, Playa de San Agustin, Playa del Aguila), the South of the island (Puerto de Mogan, Puerto Rico), Telde (East) and Las Palmas (North).
We highly recommend the bank N26. It has a much much much (did we say much?) better app than the legacy banks (Caixa Bank, Santander, BBVA). It is a new generation bank which operates very smoothly and with less hassle. Click here for more info.
Then, you can get your mobile phone service and internet at home. Provided by the operators Movistar, Vodafone, Orange or Yoigo. There is also a mobile phone operator specialized in offering its service in English to expats, it’s called Lobster.
You can also find someone who speaks English with the first 3 mentioned providers but it’s not guaranteed, you will have to count on your luck for that.
Yoigo has the advantage that it allows you to use e-sim with prepaid accounts, which gets you to keep your home country sim card in the phone (so you can still receive calls on that number). Note that they have beyond terrible customer service however.