Four Portuguese Old Towns Perfect for Gay Tourists

Author: , April 7th, 2016

Dan Beeson

On imagination of the perfect couple’s hideaway the sights of boutique dwellings catered to every desire, deserted beaches destined for frolicking and the privacy of your own love spring to the mind of many. In the Centro region of Portugal, some 50km north of Lisbon, these visions become one seemingly everlasting reality.

The region, best served by car, is home to four rustic and timeless old towns that unlock the true heart and soul of rural Portugal, bringing a thirst for connection to life.
Obidos, Nazare, Peniche and Caldas da Rainha will spark the flames of a love that will last forever. Welcome to the Centro region in Portugal:

Nazare

This market fishing town, in the north of the region, plays homage to the true beginnings of the area. Fish-sellers, scattered amongst the cobbled maze of streets and terracotta roofing, lay out the carapaus (horse mackerel) to dry as done by their ancestors and attract custom with the sweet smell and colourful array of fresh fruits and vegetables nurtured in the local area. During the summer months the area awakens with the spirit of returning Portuguese holidaymakers, travelling in from Lisbon and Porto, who bring a tide of international followers to Nazare’s vast expanse of beaches promised with ambient basking in the Portugal sun.

By Dan Beeson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Kauai: The Towns of Kauai

Author: , November 9th, 2014

We’ll start our review of the Garden Isle of Kauai with an overview of some of the main towns on the island, in alphabetical order.

HanaleiHanalei

Along the water just below Princeville, Hanalei is one of Kauai’s most charming towns with some great stores and restaurants. Hanalei is also home to one of the largest taro farms in the islands – if you’ve ever been to a Luau and tried Poi, that bland-salty purple pudding-looking stuff, you’ve had taro. It’s an island staple, and was a primary source of nourishment for pre-contact Hawaiians. While most folks can’t stand poi, taro can be quite good – we’ve had it as taro pancakes, taro hashbrowns (very rich and buttery), taro rolls, and most often, taro chips, available currently at the Big Save stores on-island.

On the western end of Hanalei, you’ll find a cute American Gothic style church (pictured at right) in a green meadow – this is the oldest surviving church on Kauai, and was completed in 1912.

Kapa'aHanalei also has one of the most beautiful bays in Hawaii – a crescent of white sand around a circular bay, with great surfing/boarding, all against the backdrop of the Hanalei Valley and Mt. Waialeale.

After a good rain, waterfalls cascade down the steep mountain face behind Hanalei, Pele’s beautiful paradise backdrop to this cute little town.

Kapa’a

Kapa’a was made famous in Leaving Las vegas, when Nick Cage’s character couldn’t pronounce the name.

It was also the location of a scene from the first Jurassic Park.

KilaueaIt’s an old plantation town, billed as one of Kauai’s “most walkable” towns because it has a sidewalk.

There are a series of cute stores and restaurants here, and the Kauai Products Fair at the northern edge of town, where you can buy a number of locally made products, mostly clothing.

Kilauea

Kilauea’s main claim to fame is the lighthouse, and it’s definitely worth the stop.

But there’s also a cute little shopping center that’s home to a soap and candle store, an imports store, and the best pizza on the north shore.

KoloaKoloa Town

Another cute south shore town, just north of Poipu.

This one-street town has a great pizza place, some really good ice cream, cute stores, a historic monument, and a Big Save grocery store (expensive but you can get your taro chip fix there).

Lihue

Lihue is the largest city on Kauai (basically a small town almost anywhere else), and it’s a working town.

LihueIt’s where the island government is – we used to go to the DMV here when we lived on Kauai, as well as the museum, the car dealerships, the mall, the cargo and cruise ship port, and much more.

You’ll arrive on Kauai from the mainland or the other islands at the airport here.

Lihue is no great beauty, but she does have everything the locals need on a day-to-day basis – Costco, Home Depot, Walmart, Kmart, and soon the island’s second Safeway store.

This is where the locals go when they need to shop.

PoipuPoipu

The Poipu area is one of the major resort regions on-island. Poipu Beach is almost entirely residential, mostly vacation homes, older condos, newer/remodelled hotels and timeshares, and two nice high-end shopping centers.

There’s also a huge new residential area going in on the west side of town that was started just before the recession, and which is getting going again.

A lot there will run you about a million bucks, with no house – that’s an expensive camping spot. Poipu is also where you’ll find a great swimming beach with honu (sea turtles), the spouting horn, and the Allerton botanical garden.

PrincevillePrinceville

Next is Princeville, the second major resort area on-island. This resort community sits on a high bluff above the sea on the North Shore, just above Hanalei, and is half residential, half resort/condo. You’ll recognize it by the grand fountain that graces the entrance – looking a bit more Greecian than Hawaiian.

Princeville is also home to the largest shopping center on the North Shore (stop here for delicious Lappert’s Ice Cream). There’s also a pricey grocery store here if you need just one or two things.

Waipouli

One word. Safeway.

Western Towns

To the west of Poipu are the tiny towns of Lawai and Kalaheo. Farther westward, the island continues to get drier until you reach the southwestern coast of the island, which is almost a desert, and which houses the Naval base and the In between are the towns of Eleele, Hanapepe, and Waimea, each with its own collection of shops and restaurants about a block long.

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Ten Great Fall Beach Towns

Author: , September 9th, 2013

Beach ChairsA glorious hush falls over the country’s favorite beach towns in autumn. Crowds disappear and locals exhale. While the water’s still warm and the weather’s still mild, scoop up a cheap oceanfront cottage rental and enjoy the golden moments of the season. Here are 10 iconic U.S. beach towns where you can pedal along quiet boardwalks, kayak among fall colors, and score excellent post-Labor Day deals.

Newport, Rhode Island

A quiet post-Labor Day calm envelops Newport after the families that crowd Easton’s Beach return to the daily grind and couples arrive in town for romantic New England getaways. Just above the beach, you can walk hand-in-hand along the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk, where opulent mansions are set among mature trees turning brilliant shades. It’s not uncommon to see a cruise ship in the harbor this time of year, since Newport is a popular leaf-peeping stopover en route to Nova Scotia or Quebec. Vineyards and pastures are part of the stunning coastal landscape, and you’ll find plenty of farmers’ markets, you-pick berry farms, and venues for wine tasting. In fall, there’s hardly ever a wait for a fantastic table downtown, even in the most popular restaurants.

Authored By Bob Brenzing- See the Full Story at WZZM 13

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