Lisbon Gay Travel Guide & Map 2020

Upcoming Events in Lisbon

|  18 – 26 September 2020
Queer Lisboa – Festival Internacional de Cinema Queer: one of the biggest annual LGBT film festivals in Europe regarding the number of screened movies.
@ Cinema São Jorge (Avenida da Liberdade 175)
|  2 – 6 June 2021
Lisbon Tango Festival 2021: mystique and charm of the Argentine tango in the Portuguese capital.
@ Voz do Operário (Graça, Rua da Voz do Operário 13)

Accommodation Tip

Hotel, gay-friendly. ***, from 70 €
Stylish, air-conditioned rooms with a city or river view. Located next to the viewpoint terrace Miradouro de Santa Catarina.
@ Rua de Santa Catarina 17
Lisbon 1200-012

About Lisbon and its gay life

Since the 1990s Lisbon (Lisboa) became one of the new hot spots for travellers in Europe. It was European Capital of Culture in 1994, in 1998 the World Expo was held in Lisbon and in 2004 the European Football Championship.

Vivid, small and steep historical streets, modernised areas, an extensive nightlife till early morning and a fresh breeze from the sea even in hot summers make Lisbon a pleasant place for relaxing, sightseeing and going out altogether.

Lisbon's gay scene also became very European. Especially in the Príncipe Real area and in the old Bairro Alto quarter you can find a very visible gay life at night. In Bairro Alto it is pleasantly difficult to say which bars are gay or gay-friendly or hetero-friendly or whatever.

gay couple at the beach

Annual gay highlights and big events in Lisbon are the Bear Pride in May, the Marcha do Orgulho LGBTI and Arraial Lisboa Pride in June, the film festival Queer Lisboa in September and the huge technology conference Web Summit in November.

Close to Lisbon you can also spend your time at the beach, whether you like your beaches busy or quiet. South of Lisbon there is a long, popular beach at Costa da Caparica. Coming from Lisbon by car or bus (take the metro to Praça de Espanha, then the bus to Costa da Caparica), first there are the family and conventional beaches. The further south you go, the trendier and more nudist the beaches and the clientele become. In summer, the beaches are connected by a small train – for the gay beach get off at beach 17 or at beach 19 which also has a gay-frequented bar and some cruising in the dunes. After sunset the beach and the dunes are rather unsafe and empty. The last train back leaves at 7 p.m. (More info and photos)