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.