Lisbon: By Scooter Through One of The Best Gay Destinations in Europe
The Portuguese capital Lisbon is one of the most popular gay destinations in Europe. This article will let you know where you can have a hell of a night, can enjoy the most amazing views and what you should see on your sightseeing tour:
Lisbon is considered very tolerant and not in vain as one of today's hottest cities for gays. Here you can find freedom and tolerance, as well as small, historic streets, excellent nightlife, cosmopolitan flair and beach feeling velvet sea air. Come here to relax, go on holiday and to meet new people. The gay scene is located in the Bairro Alto district. But even in the neighborhoods Chicado and Principe Real, there are countless gay and lesbian bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes and saunas. We recommend you to go to Lisbon in the summer. The climate is atlantic in the Portuguese capital, also dry in summer, but rarely hot. From the sea comes steady cooling. The beach sections Meco and Playa 19 are very popular by gays. And also in summer, rather every year in June the Gay Pride (Arraial Pride) takes place with a big parade and many, many parties. Also highly recommended: the annual gay and lesbian film festival.
Culture and Sights
The center of Lisbon is very manageable. Therefore, it may very well be explored by foot. Highly recommended, however, is a ride on the Eléctrico (tram). These are partly over 100 years old. With the line E 28 (Prazeres - Martim Moniz) you can even make a low-cost city tour through the historic Lisbon (price: 2.80 EUR). To have a more exciting and individual sightseeing tour we suggest to borrow scooter, which comes up to 23 EUR per day. Another great adventure is the ride with the Elevador da Santa Justa (combined ticket entry and exit: 5 EUR). It is the only vertical elevator in Lisbon. With it, you have access to an observation deck with cafe. Here you have a very nice view over the Baixa district up to the Tagus River.
Well worth seeing also the largest marine aquarium in Europe Oceanário de Lisboa (17 EUR), the oldest part of Alfama and Torre de Belém (5 EUR) and Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is (Hieronymus monastery). These two are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
You shouldn’t miss to try the Portuguese food called Patel de Belém or pasteis de nata. The very tasty puff pastries filled with cream-vanilla cream are baked in the oven. If you like, you can sprinkle it with cinnamon and powdered sugar.
"Shop till you drop" – this motto is shopping rule number one in Lisbon. Very good shopping opportunities in Baixa Ciado department store Do Chiado. A true shopping paradise for gays is Colombo, which is considered as the biggest shopping center in Europe.
The Rue Garrett is one of the most expensive shopping streets of the city. Here you will find international fashion shops, but also Portuguese silversmiths.
The smallest determined fashion store Lisbon is located in the Ruo do Camist, known for its gloves.