LGBTQ+ in Portugal

by Katie Skrzek

Nov 21, 2018

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Trends / LGBTQ

LGBTQ+ travelers will feel at home in Portugal. The country legalized same-sex marriage in 2010, making it the sixth country in Europe to do so. Same-sex couples are also able to adopt children as of 2016. As is the case in many destinations, the cities and beaches are more friendly toward LGBTQ+ individuals than some of the more rural, small towns in Portugal.


Lisbon’s Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real neighborhoods are home to many LGBTQ+-friendly bars, restaurants and nightlife options. Opt to stay in an LGBTQ+-friendly property in the city, like The Late Birds Lisbon, Bairro Alto Hotel or As Janelas Verdes. Lisbon hosts an annual Pride festival each June. While Porto has a less vibrant LGBTQ+ scene, the city still boasts plenty of options for LGBTQ+ travelers. Galerias de Paris Street in Porto is popular for nightlife.


Many of Portugal’s beaches draw LGBTQ+ travelers. Costa de Caparica, Praia Verde, Beach 19, Cascais and Praia da Manta Rota are all popular spots. The Algarve region, located in the southernmost area of the country, is home to many bars, clubs and resorts. The towns of Albufeira, Tavira and Portimão are particularly popular.


As always, use caution when visiting another country and research the area you’re visiting before your stay for any safety concerns.


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