Lisbon is often forgotten among grander and more famous European capitals like Paris, London, and Madrid, but the city has arguably just as much to offer. Architecture ranging from medieval streets to 18th-century grandeur all the way to iconic modern structures makes a trip to Lisbon a fascinating journey through European history, while a passion for food, drink, and music keeps its streets vibrant and full of life at any time of the day or night.
As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon is the country’s liberal and progressive hub while simultaneously being richly steeped in tradition. For the gay visitor, this means you can enjoy a wild and exciting gay nightlife while also taking in some of Europe’s prettiest and most historical sights. Add in friendly locals, regular LGBT parties and festivals, and a nearby male-only nude beach, and you understand why gay Lisbon is becoming an increasingly attractive destination.
Lisbon is one of Europe’s most beautiful and fascinating capital cities. Aside from being steeped in history and culture, it’s got incredible weather, easy access to beaches, and a vibrant, varied gay nightlife.
Most gay travelers choose to stay in Bairro Alto and neighboring Principe Real. Both neighborhoods are located in the city center and in the middle of gay Lisbon’s nightlife.
As is the case with many European capitals, rooms tend to be on the small side, even in the 4 and 5-star hotels. For more space, look at booking the higher categories of rooms.
Portugal is a generally gay-friendly country and very quickly improved its LGBT rights since the end of the Salazar dictatorship in the 70s. Gay marriage was legalized in 2010, and it is one of the few countries in the world to have discrimination on the basis of sexual identity formally banned within its constitution.
Though a few rural areas of the country may still be very traditionally Catholic and hold less tolerant views, Lisbon is a progressive and liberal capital city. Gay visitors do not have to worry about discrimination and harassment as a general rule.
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