Queer Lisbon and the Algarve Coast – Passport Magazine

Author: , October 22nd, 2018

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The reasons to love Portugal are numerous. In 2017, the Global Peace Index ranked it the third most peaceful country in the world; in 2010, Portugal became the eighth country to legalize same-sex marriage; it is one of the few countries in the world to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in its constitution; and its temperatures average a balmy 63 degrees in winter and 79 in summer.

And, of course, it’s beautiful. Its two major cities, Lisbon and Porto (where Port wine comes from) anchor its Atlantic-facing seaboard. In between them are charming towns and villages, too numerous to count, and then there’s the Algarve Coast, a magnet for sun seekers featuring cerulean blue waters, impressive rock formation, and secluded coves galore.

A friend and I spent a week visiting Lisbon and the Algarve Coast last summer.

Exhausted from the flight from Los Angeles to Lisbon, I meet my friend Michael (who arrived one day earlier) on a sunny afternoon at Noobai, a multi-level outdoor café that’s tiered like a wedding cake and offers panoramic views of the city and the Tangus River. As we play the game “European or gay” with the hot guys surrounding us, I find myself breathing in the Mediterranean salt air and breathing out LA traffic, work-related stress, and Donald Trump.

Through the foggy haze of jetlag, we wander the narrow streets of the buzzing capital city. We watch visitors like ourselves hang on tightly as rickety trams (No. 28 is the most famous) lumber up impossibly steep hills, and we saunter past buildings dressed head to toe in colorful azuelos (elaborately painted tiles). From every café we pass, we are enticed by the smell of pasteis de nata, flaky custard tarts that when cooked to perfection are slightly burnt on top and absolutely irresistible.

By John Heideman – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Queer Lisbon: The San Francisco of Europe – Gay Star News

Author: , July 25th, 2018

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Shades of flawless turquoise and rusty orange flood my vision, as clean, crisp sea air cleans my soul.

It’s around 19° – the perfect temperature, or so my warm blood dictates. I close my eyes and lean into a gentle breeze while feeling high – although that might be a sugar rush from the three pastel de natas (traditional egg tart pastries) eaten for breakfast. The last time I felt such travel-induced euphoria was cycling over San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. It’s uncanny then, to open my eyes in Lisbon, Portugal and see the Gate’s spiritual sister, the 25 de Abril Bridge, in the distance. (Not to mention the Christ the King statue, which resembles Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer).

Its 70m-tall towers, built in 1962, are unmistakable, visible from many vantage points around this famously hilly city. They’re especially commanding from where I’m standing – the doorstep of Lisbon’s centerpiece: the sprawling 11th century São Jorge Castle [below].

I made a beeline straight for it, such is its Medieval allure, navigating the city’s winding mosaic sidewalks to the first of many stunning views. From here, the bridge’s distinctive color is echoed in the quaint terracotta of a thousand rooftops in the foreground. It’s gorgeous.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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48 Hours in Queer Lisbon – Gay Star News

Author: , February 9th, 2018

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Lisbon is renowned for its picturesque architecture, incredible cuisine and warm hospitality. Plus it’s (still) a relatively affordable place to travel to. There’s plenty to do and lots to see, but if time is not on your side and you are not in Lisbon for long, not to worry. You’ll be impressed at how much you’ll see in the 507,000-strong capital in one day.

I myself was on a tight schedule, as my long weekend also included a stop off on the nearby island of Madeira (more about which later), a less than two-hour flight southwest of Lisbon over the North Atlantic Sea.

Visit the Belem district and try its famous local egg tart pastry: the pastel de nata or pastel de Belem is one of Portugal’s signature sweet treats that has its origins traced back to this old neighbourhood. It is said that Catholic monks at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos created these delicious bites before the 18th century. The Mosteiro itself is worth visiting for its incredible medieval architecture.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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What I Love About Lisbon

Author: , August 27th, 2016


It’s a bit over ten years since my last visit to Lisbon. That trip was with my ex-boyfriend, his new boyfriend, and another friend who had also once been in a long-term relationship with my ex-boyfriend. It had seemed like a good idea at the time, but obviously it wasn’t.

This trip I was travelling with Liviu. It was his first visit to Lisbon and I was excited to be rediscovering the city.

We had booked an apartment through misterb&b. It was easy enough to navigate our way from the airport, via the fast and efficient metro system to find our apartment on Rua da Oliveira ao Carmo. This turned out to be a great location – central, and within easy walking of everything that we needed.

Getting Our Bearings

Liviu was keen to hit the beach straight away, but this isn’t Barcelona, so I instead persuaded him that a walk around the city was a good way to get our bearings.

Rattling trams and buzzing tuk-tuks are on hand if you can’t quite face the multitude of steps, but if you’ve got the energy this a great city for working up an appetite while walking.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Fall in Love With Lisbon

Author: , May 30th, 2016

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Lisbon, the 531,000-person strong capital of Portugal, is a city full of unforgettable sights and experiences. The immensely green Parque Eduardo VII; the colorful graffiti on huge buildings in Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo; the pretty white houses of the Alfama area in the heart of the old Lisbon; the commanding Sao Jorge Castle perched on a hilltop.

Jump on a tram, talk to the locals – yes, the Portuguese speak great English – and follow the smell of grilled fish in its small alleys. Have you ever seen a real sunset? This is what you can admire, sometimes, from the Praca do Comercio, one of the main squares in the city. I could barely breathe for the enchantment.

The city will give you hundreds of sweet memories like these – the ones I’ve mentioned are some of the richest in my heart.

By Daniele Guido Gessa – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Guide to Gay Lisbon

Author: , November 9th, 2013

Ryan C. Haynes in LisbonArrive in Lisbon during daylight and the city is discrete, there’s very little to suggest it is gay welcoming, but there’s nothing to say that there will be a problem for gay travellers. In fact I felt incredibly welcome wherever I went and look closely – people watch – and you will begin to see quite a large gay population.

Lisbon actually has an incredibly vibrant gay scene and there’s plenty of places to visit, just don’t attempt – like I did – to try to do it during the day. There’s nothing to see and you will find it hard pushed to find the gay venues listed. I walked both the Rato and Bairro Alto, gay map in hand, and struggled to find the bars and nightclubs for the following nights’ escapades. Yet, by night, the shutters were flung open, the lights on full glare and the music popping onto the streets.

By night, the city comes alive. Bairro Alto is full of party atmosphere and it is now hard to distinguish revellers from the gay and straight bars. You shouldn’t think of going out before 9pm, but 10.30pm is a better start to your evening. Grab some food around 8.30pm and you can casually enter the nights’ events.

Authored By Ryan C. Haynes – See the Full Story at Honest Omissions

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Lisbon, Portugal – Gay Guy in the City

Author: , October 18th, 2013

Lisbon - Ryan C. HaynesI didn’t know what to expect before I made plans to go to Lisbon. Okay, I lie, I had started to develop some expectations. My friend and business partner, Flavio, has lived in Lisbon for many years – raving about it all the time. My university housemate was also living there for a few months, and perhaps her silence by email and Skype was enough of indication to know there was more to Lisbon than meets the eye.


Prices during the summer were extortionate, EasyJet was the best deal all round, however at nearly #200 I knew I had to leave it until the kids returned to school, at which point October proved the best time to visit at just #100. The return flights on a Sunday are pretty late, so I booked space at AirParks for the car – and plus petrol, only worked out a few pounds more than going by train – and much quicker.

Lisbon Airport is connected by the developing metro station, and took me to Rato within 45 minutes. Just West of the City, Rato is just a 40 minute walk to the centre, and easily accessible by the Tram number 28. Plus its spitting distance from the main gay scene. It’s not long before you’re in Bairro Alto to start your night, and then head to gay Rato and crawl home.

Authored By Ryan C. Haynes – See the Full Story at Honest Omissions

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Staying Gay in Lisbon, Portugal

Author: , February 6th, 2013

Portugal may be a predominantly Roman Catholic country, with this religion infamous for its views on homosexuality, but these days modern Portugal is one of the world’s most liberal and advanced countries when it comes to gay rights. Same-sex marriage is recognised, gays and lesbians (but not yet couples) can adopt children, gays can serve in the military and it was recently made easier for trans people to officially change their name and gender.

Its capital city, Lisbon, has established itself as a popular gay travel destination over recent years – even if it isn’t as prominent as other European hotspots such as Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam or Berlin – with a number of flourishing gay areas and an increasing gay population throughout the city. But what makes it a place you should visit for a ‘gaycation’, and where should you go to enjoy it?

Lisbon’s main gay areas are situated towards the south of the city near its waterfront, where there are several beaches (some nudist ones too), including ones that are popular with local gays and tourists during the warmer months (April to August), such as the well-known Praia (‘Beach’) 19. Principle Real, Bairro Alto and Largo de Camoes are where the majority of gay-owned bars, pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants, shops, saunas, hotels and B&Bs are, nestled within the narrow, steep, hilly and cobbled streets and alleyways that characterise their areas, which are known for their historical construction and architecture from the Roman, Baroque and Gothic periods, and have still been maintained to this day.

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Free Things to Do in Lisbon, Portugal

Author: , January 17th, 2013

PortugalFor anyone considering a trip to a European city, Lisbon perhaps isn’t a destination that springs immediately to mind. The Portuguese capital’s singular charms, however, are drawing an increasing number of visitors.

The port city on Europe’s southwestern edge can’t boast the scale or variety of, say, Paris or London. What it offers is a small scale suited to walkers, a sedate pace of life, little crime and lots of history. The famously hospitable Portuguese are another asset, and the restaurants can lay on exceptional fish and seafood from the Atlantic.

During the Age of Exploration 500 years ago, when Portugal led Europe out of the Mediterranean and established an empire spanning from Latin America across Africa to Asia, Lisbon was one of the world’s wealthiest cities. The massive 1755 earthquake – so catastrophic that it helped change the course of western European thought – destroyed many of the greatest Lisbon monuments.

Authored By Barry Hatton – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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