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Beach Costa Caparica Lisbon area, Fonte da Telha, little beach train, popular gay Beach 19 & how to get there

If you want to escape the hassle and the heat of Lisbon on a hot summer day, why not try the beaches of Costa da Caparica, just across the Tejo river. The locals swarm to the village of Caparica, that looks a lot like Brighton in England or Benidorm in Spain, but just away from the […]

Lisbon Arraial Pride 2010, the biggest Gay & Lesbian event in Portugal (LGBT) & Party time

Lisbon Pride 2015 information Lisbon Gay Pride (Arraial Pride), was held on June 26, Terreiro do Paço. Arraial Pride has been, since its start in 1997, the biggest and most nationwide participated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) event in Portugal. A unique festival with diverse calender of events, highlights including Arraial Brides, Queer games, […]

Nostalgic Moorish kiosks in Lisbon near favorite tourist attractions, great viewpoints & recommended restaurants

On August 6, 711 Lisbon was taken by the Moors, 400 years later the city returned to Christian rule.  Nowadays the Moorish influence is still present, like the lovely designed old kiosks (quiosque), serving old-fashioned Portuguese refreshments and snacks. A few examples near beautiful viewpoints, favorite tourist attractions, some recommended restaurants and how to get there. Kiosk Camões […]

Lisbon’s famous nightlife: Bar Portas Largas Bairro Alto & gay crowd

A good place to start a night in Bairro Alto, one of Europe’s hottest an cheapest nigthspots, is Portas Largas, Rua da Atalaia 105, as it opens his doors early, at about 17:00 already. The official name means ‘Wide Doors’, but this place is also known as ‘Record’  because it’s in the same building as the […]

Meco beach (Praia do Meco) 40 km south of Lisbon: Meco mud, ‘mecca’ for nudists, couples, surfers, a popular gay beach & how to reach from Lisbon

The beach of Meco is really wonderful, very popular by the Portuguese and the most well known internationally. Meco near Alfarim, 40 km south of Lisbon, is located in the middle of a natural park called ‘Serra da Arrabida’. This is a real ‘mecca’ for nudists & surfers. The excellent beach cost line in this area, […]

Famous hairstylist Aurelio Ramos: Portugal’s hairdresser of the year 2008, Aurelio’s new salon in Baixa Lisbon, a blind hairdresser & favorite places

Aurelio Ramos de Oliveira was born in Sao Paulo in 1975. He studied at Soho Academy São Paulo in Brazil, Maison 25 Academy Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Facto Lab in Lisbon and Vidal Sassoon in London. Le Salon, June 2008 As ‘Ambassador of l’ Oreal’ Aurelio worked a few years in ‘Le Salon’ , as […]

Tourist centers Lisbon, the Lisboa Card, Gay & Lesbian Guide

 “Ask me” centers in Lisbon can help you and are happy to dispense advice, maps and brochures. Their staff is multilingual. ‘Ask me’ kiosk in Rua Augusta, near Praça do Comércio. The beautiful Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square) is located near the Tagus River and still commonly known as Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square), because it was […]

Romantic Parque Principe Real near Bairro Alto, great terraces, Rua dom Pedro V & Lisbon’s famous (gay) nightlife

Parque Príncipe (Prince) Real, near Bairro Alto (at daytime), is a wonderful park. This century-old cedar ‘umbrella’ tree is really amazing! Parque in area Príncipe Real (Royal Prince) Lisbon Markets Laid out in 1860 with lots of exotic plants, the garden hosts a handicraft- and ecological products bazaar on specific days of the week. Parque in area Príncipe Real (Royal […]

Bar/Cafe ‘SIDE’ Bairro Alto Lisbon, trendy gay meeting point & new owner

Whether you’re gay or straight: cafe/bar ‘SIDE’ is a trendy meeting point in Rua da Barroca, open from 18:00 pm. Most bars open their doors much later in Bairro Alto. Bar/Cafe ‘SIDE’ Bairro Alto Lisbon …..A few friends of mine enjoy a glass of wine…… Bar/Cafe ‘SIDE’ Bairro Alto Lisbon Sebastien and Nelson Bar/Cafe ‘SIDE’ […]

Lisbon people: Rob Plews’ (teacher and writer) favorite places in Lisbon: the Botanical garden & Tapada das Necessidades

I set foot in Lisbon back in 2001 after 9/11, and how refreshing not to understand a word as I went from café to café drinking galão, with TVs blaring in the background. I overheard an eager tourist trying to sum up this city as he scrunched his eyes under the vivid Atlantic light and […]