If you happen to be lucky enough to be spending some Summer days in Lisbon, then we have good news. Lisbon is a perfect city to enjoy those hot Summer days. First the weather is naturally amazing, being warm, sunny and dry practically for the whole season. On top of that, there is a the Ocean breeze so you won't suffer a scorching heat like in Madrid, for instance. As a rule, Lisbon nights are fresh and pleasant.
Moreover, Lisbon allows you to make the most out of a Summer because you get the chance to combine the benefits of city life (nightlife, culture, eating out, shopping) with the good things of a seaside resort (beach, beach, beach). Bellow you present you a quick guide to make the most of a Gay Summer in lovely Lisboa.
During the day:
Daytime is beach time! Around Lisbon there are dozens of excellent beaches but gay guys focus on Beach 19 and Meco Beach mostly.
Beach 19 is definitely the most popular and therefore has gained the title of Lisbon Gay Beach. It offers stunning nature ad it is located in a natural reserve where urban development is not permitted. You also have the Atlantic ocean and being a nude beach the chance for cruising are endless. In fact the what happens in Beach 19 even got director Antonio da Silva to film his short movie Beach 19. You can find complete instructions on how to get there on our dedicated Beach 19 page but remember that the easiest way to get there is with our Day Trips to Beach 19.
If you would like to explore further you can try Meco Beach which also has a nude section and it is also on a Nature Reserve. Cruising is far more "soft" in Meco but on the other hand you get a much better selection of bars and restaurants. Some even organize chill-out T-Dance parties, in particular on Sundays.
During the night:
Follow the local rules: late dinner (anyway you've probably returned late from the beach and you still need to chill, take a shower and get dressed). After dinner, head on to Bairro Alto. During the warm Summer nights the gay corner gets packed of people outside enjoying their drinks and chatting. This is a great way to check the guys out and making new friends. During the Summer, the 2 largest gay clubs (Trumps & Construction) open also on Thursdays (in addition to Fridays and Saturdays). Remember to only head to a club after 2am.
What you can't miss:
Beach 19 + Bairro Alto on a warm Friday or Saturday night
Have a look at our Lisbon Gay Guide for more suggestions.
What not to do:
If you are using your own car to head on to the beach beware of the probability of heavy traffic jams. The most critical issues with traffic are:
- The "dirt road" that leads to Beach 19 completely blocks the possibility of leaving the beach 19 before 10am during weekends. Rather than being frustrated for 3 hours on a traffic jam, make the most of your day. Stay in the beach until the latest that you can. Watch the sunset from the beach and enjoy those last hours full of peace at this beautiful place.
- The access to the 25th of April bridge, in the direction South-North (the return to Lisbon), will have heavy traffic at the end of the days in weekends.
- Be aware that the 15th of August is a bank holiday in Portugal and therefore, if the weather is nice, the issues with traffic will be even more serious.