Travel to Feel.
“After all, the best way to travel is to feel” wrote Álvaro de Campos, one of the diverse identities of Fernando Pessoa, Portugal’s most famous poet.
In Portugal, we feel proud to show you our country’s colourful landscape as a leading LGBTI destination. Where you will feel the warmth of our sun and of our people; where you will discover the tastes and textures of a culture that spans continents and goes back centuries.
In Portugal, we want you to feel proud to be who you are, to feel at ease, to explore the variety and romance of our country. From ski to surf, from mountaintop castles to lakeside idylls, from urban escapes to island adventures, come feel Portugal’s gentle rhythms and thrilling embrace.
Portugal. Travel to Feel.
Portugal as an LGBTI-friendly destination
In the last two decades, the country made accelerating progress on LGBTI rights, particularly for a still traditional and rather conservative country. As a result, in 2019, Portugal ranked #7 on ILGA Europe’s Rainbow Map and is among the 20 most visited countries in the world, receiving an average of 13 million foreign tourists annually.
LGBTI rights in Portugal have improved substantially in the last few decades. Today, the country’s legal framework in this area is among the best in the world. While there is still room for improvement in regards to social acceptance, Portugal affirms itself as a welcoming, respectful and accepting society, where everyone can be themselves.
A dynamic gay scene can mostly be found in Lisbon, Porto and in the main touristic cities in the Algarve region. In smaller towns like Leiria, Coimbra, Braga, Évora, Aveiro or Funchal, the LGBTI community is more discreet. Nevertheless, these communities have been increasingly promoting several initiatives, such as local Pride parades, to foster awareness and encourage friendliness among the local society.
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