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Holiday Houseboys

The best way to discover Gran Canaria is to hire a Holiday Houseboy, your private gay friendly tour guide. With his extensive knowledge of the island, he will be able to show you places that you would never visit on your own. A local insight that will make your holiday extra special. Make the most of your vacation.


Holiday Houseboy Rafeeq with Jonathan in Marrakesh

A master engineer of marine biology, Rafeeq has worked in a zoo looking after various animals. However he is more of a water animal – he enjoys swimming, diving and exploring life in the ocean. Other outdoor activities he enjoys include walking, cycling and studying nature. Hence his passion to share his experiences with you, and to personalise them to your needs. Apart from observing nature, Rafeeq is also a good people watcher. Apart from the tourist sites, he will show you some interesting places off the beaten track. Rafeeq also knows the gay parts of Gran Canaria, and will be happy to show you the gay night life whether it is in Playa del Ingles or Las Palmas. Enjoy Gran Canaria with Rafeeq to get a unique insight into the island.

Rafeeq is 35 years old, is a non smoker and speaks English, Spanish and Polish.

Total cost for the guide services of Rafeeq for one day (8 hours) = a non refundable deposit of USD 45 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS USD 80 in cash to him after his services. Total 125 US dollars.

Alternatively the total cost for the guide services of Rafeeq for half a day (4 hours) = a non refundable deposit of USD 25 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS USD 50 in cash to him after his services. Total 75 US dollars.

This does not include transport, entrance fees or any food & beverage costs.

How To Book A Holiday Houseboy

To book any of our Holiday Houseboys please go to the enquiry form.

Or send an email to

Alternatively WhatsApp +94-76-630-1069.

Remember a Holiday Houseboy is your gay friendly tour guide who looks after your safety and welfare at all times.

Please note these are guide services and not sexual services.


Our other destinations in Spain are Madrid and Barcelona.

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Highlights of Gran Canaria

Cathedral of Santa Ana Las Palmas Gran Canaria

Las Palmas.

Off the coast of Northwest Africa lies an archipelago called “The Canary Islands”. It is one of the autonomous regions of Spain, and is so named “Canariae Insulae”, Island of Dogs. Nothing to do with our yellow feathered friends.

The original inhabitants are said to be North African who may have arrived as early as 500 BC but were finally defeated by Spain under the crown of Queen Isabella I on April 29, 1483. The conquest was not easy. It lasted 5 years and involved defeating different chiefdoms and treachery amongst themselves, different factions of the Guanchos. You can learn about the pre colonisation era of Gran Canara by visiting The “Canarian Museum” in Calle Doctor Verneau, 2 in Las Palmas.

The capital of the Canary Islands is Las Palmas which lies on the Island of Gran Canaria. It is the ninth largest city of Spain, boasting an international airport and a good motorway network to the north and south of the island.

The weather on the island is so pleasant (min 15 C in winter) that it is a major holiday destination for northern Europeans, colloquially termed “Snow Birds”. The popularity of Playa del Ingles also makes it a popular gay destination, famous for its dunes (and what happens there) as well as the night-life in the Yumbo Centrum. During the day time it goes under the banner of being the one and only LGTBI shopping centre in the World! At nighttime it converts into a plethora of venues. So varied is the entertainment that it covers all spectrums from leather dens to drag show bars.

But Gran Canaria has so much to offer than just its dunes and nightlife.
For example Palmitos Park is a botanical garden and zoo only 10 km from Maspalomas Lighthouse. Amongst its exhibits are animals and plants from the 5 continents. You need to time your visit to take advantage of all the shows on display – dolphin show, parrot show, raptor show and crocodile show being popular. Intersperse that with visits to the butterfly house, aquarium and other animal recincts. Palmoitas Park is open all year round.

For art enthusiasts, visit Antonio Padrón Museum-House, this famous Canarian painter comes from the village of Gáldar. The Museum-house is an indigenous research and art centre belonging to the Gran Canaria Island Council. Housed in the painter’s former workshop, its aim is to acquire, preserve, study, exhibit and disseminate the works of this painter. It also attributes to the founding of the Canary Art movement.

When it comes to historical sites, explore the neighbourhood of Vergueta in Las Palmas City. There are even bike tours available to discover this barrio, going through narrow streets and passing historical buildings of note. You could also visit Casa de Colon – Christopher Columbus’ house. This is now a history museum, displaying some of the belongings and other items related to this famous explorer. The story goes that Christopher Columbus stopped in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1492 on his way to discovering the Americas. However this was not a scheduled stop. It happened because his crew sabotaged the ship within three days of setting sail from Spain. His crew were nervous about their journey into the unknown and did not share his conviction.

Gran Canaria has suffered through its many monocultures – one of those was the production of cochineal. Cochineal was important in the 19th century for the production of purple dyes. from insects that produced on cactii, originally form the Americas. With the renovation of this product, The Canary cochineal has a Protected Designation of Origin making the Canaries on of the most important cochineal production sites in the world.

Another important product is bananas. Indeed you can go to the Gran Canaria Banana Museum at Aruca. Go on a guided tour to learn about is cultivation and its importance to the island. One of the by products is a banana liquor which you must taste.

Natural activities that may attract your attention may include climbing the strange outcrop of rocks at Barranco de las Vacas with its caves & village, seeing the geographical formations at Roque Nublo or strolling through the Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas.

More leisurely activities may include wine tasting at the Bodega Los Lirios or boat cruising off the island shoreline. Or if you are looking for something theatrical, check out some cowboy entertainment in a Western style shoot out at Sioux City.

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