Gay Portugal Holidays – A guide to help you find the best hotels & places in Portugal for Gay travellers
Portugal’s Gay Acceptance has been greatly improved the past few years, giving the honour to be one of the most tolerant countries around the world. In addition to featuring various anti-discrimination laws, Portugal is also one of the very few countries that includes a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The rights for Gay Marriage and Child Adoption have also been granted to the gay community, making Portugal a great destination to arrange your gay wedding. Algarve is definitely among the best regions to arrange your gay wedding in the country.
The city with the most organised gay scene in Portugal is none other than the Gay Lisbon. More particularly, in Bairro Alto region, and the nearby coastal town of Cascais. Porto and the touristic cities of the Algarve region, including Faro, Lagos, Albufeira, and Tavira, feature a vivid gay scene as well.
At the smaller towns of Portugal, the gay communities are more discreet, so you will hardly find any gay venues there. Some of the most popular alternative Portuguese towns are Aveiro, Leiria, Coimbra, Braga, Évora, and Madeira!
As a Mediterranean country, Portugal features some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, but it’s also the home to a diversity of amazing gay beaches, which attract numerous gay travellers each summer. Some of the most popular gay beaches in Portugal around the country are Beach 19, Beach of Meco, Praia da Manta Rota, Praia Verde, and Praia do Salto!
The wildest gay parties in Portugal can be found in Lisbon, some of which taking place every week, or some more unique ones taking place every year, at the local gay clubs and bars. The most popular gay prides are also taking place in Lisbon and Porto!
There actually various gay-only guest-houses in Portugal, most of which are located in Lisbon, where the gay life of Portugal is centred. The Late Birds Lisbon is a great gay hotel to stay while My Rainbow Rooms Gay Men’s Guest House is a great alternative as well.
Moreover, you can find Boutique and Gay-friendly Hotels located close to popular gay areas and hotspots, as well as unique accommodation options such as beautiful countryside villas and former palaces!