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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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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