• Lisbon

Lisbon

Gaily coloured Bica Funiculars

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Lisbon

Just like Rome, Lisbon is built on seven hills, so visitors often come across some pretty amazing miradouros - spectacular viewpoints over the city. What you see from there is what was carefully and majestically rebuilt after a disastrous quake and tsunami in 1755. Lisbon today is a magnet for foodies and night-time owls. The formers will find amazing fresh produce and seafood – not forgetting the famous bacalhau (dried and salted cod prepared in hundreds of ways). For those who like partying, the city comes alive at night, especially in the Bairro Alto which may be sleepy during the day but erupts in a veritable party mood later in the day and until the morning hours! Many LGBT venues are located right in this part of town. If you have a chance don’t miss the opportunity to go see a Fado show, featuring typical Portuguese folk songs that really embody the culture of this land.

After decades of repression during the Salazar dictatorship, today Portugal is a very gay-friendly country and has one of the most advanced legislations in protecting LGBT rights, which are even fully encompassed in the country’s constitution. Same sex marriage is legal since 2010.


Gaytway Guide to Lisbon

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    • The Jeronimos Monastery
    • The Age of Discovery made Portugal very rich indeed. King Manuel I built this monastery in 1502 to commemorate Vasco de Gama's voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. In fact Vasco de Gama's tomb is right here. The church and cloisters are a triumph of Gothic art, so much that they gained UNESCO World Heritage protection.

    • The Castle
    • Perched upon a hill, St George’s Castle offers spectacular views over the city. The oldest parts date from the 6th century, when it was fortified by the Romans, Visigoths, and eventually the Moors. It was – like most of the city – seriously damaged by the earthquake of 1755 but still features a long extension of walls and 18 towers that can be visited.

    • Trams, Funiculars & Elevators
    • Lisbon has a huge network of picturesque trams. The first tramway in Lisbon entered service in 1873, as a horsecar line. In 1901 the city got its first electric tramway. Today there are still 40 traditional vehicles: they’re small, nostalgic, and make gorgeous photo opps. With a hilly terrain, Lisbon has a series of vertical lifts and funiculars – The spectacular Santa Justa lift was inaugurated in 1902 and it is the only vertical lift in Lisbon for public service. There are also 3 funiculars: Bica, Lavra and Gloria.

    • Belem
    • Just to the west of the city centre, The Belém Palace used to be official residence of Portuguese monarchs and, after the installation of the First Republic, the President of the Republic. Also in Belem is the beautiful Belem Tower - built in 1515 and a symbol of siscovery, the tower was the last sight the sailors got of their homeland before sailing to uncharted lands.

    • Fado
    • Fado means ‘Fate’ and is a particular music genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. Fado is characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the ocean and infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia, loosely captured by the Portuguese word saudade, - longing/nostalgia. If you want to see something quintessentially Portuguese, go see one of the many Fado Shows.
  • Bar 106

    A well established bar in Principe Real district, having opened in 1995.

    Bar Tr3s Lisboa

    A bear bar where everyone is welcome. Check their Friday Parties.

    Clube da Esquina

    A popular mixed/gay-friendly bar at the corner of Bairro Alto district and Principe Real. DJs and lively crowd.

    Espaço 40e1

    A place where everything happens! Small space but big on fun, good music always with good atmosphere and certainly the starting point for great…

    Etilico

    A gay lounge bar in the Bairro Alto with dance floor, drag shows, strippers & go go boys.

    Hercules Bar

    A gay bar in the Principe Real district. An innovative, different and very nice space to socialise.

    Le Marais

    Le Marais Lisboa, located in Santa Catarina, is a tribute to one of Paris´ oldest neighbourhood.

    Sétimo Céu

    Friendly Bar in the Heart of Lisbon's Bairro Alto. Open since 1996.

    Side Bar

    A small bar - people often spill on the pavement. One of the only gay bars to open in the afternoon. A diverse range of products such as cocktails…

    Woof LX Bar

    Located in Principe Real, Woof LX is the centre of Lisbon’s bear community. Fridays and Saturdays are very busy times and crowd spills into the…
  • Construction Club

    Construction Club is a Gay Hetero-Friendly Club in Lisbon, often very popular with bears & their friends.

    Finalmente Club

    Iconic Club with fantastic drag shows, hosted by Deborah Krystall and her sparkling friends.

    Trumps

    Trumps caters for mainstream gay clubbers. Open at the weekend it attracts a young crowd and boasts two busy dancefloors (house & pop).

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