LISBON Gay Beaches

It can get very hot in Lisbon during the Summer months, so if f 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.

If you are in Lisbon for more than a few days it is worth taking a trip to the beautiful gay beaches just 30 minutes from the centre.

If you are in Lisbon for more than a few days it is worth taking a trip to the beautiful gay beaches just 30 minutes from the centre.

The ocean is tantalizingly close wherever you are in Lisbon, so it’s easy to supplement a trip here with some beach time. Tourists tend to head west to the elegant resorts of Cascais and Estoril. Locals prefer to head south to the more casual and natural beaches of Costa da Caparica.  Dominated by high-rise apartment blocks and camping sites, Caparica has limited appeal, but beyond here there’s a sweeping expanse of beaches, and the farther south you go, the more unspoiled and secluded it gets. Local gay boys and girls head to the village of Caparia. The town itself is quite touristy, however just outside the village, past the vast camping sites lies tens of kilometres of white, unspoilt beaches that are very gay and nudist friendly

Just north of here is Praia 19, the tourist train’s 19th stop. This stunning stretch of beach is where Lisbon’s gay community congregates and where nude sunbathing is permitted. The backdrop of dunes and woodland is not only beautiful, but also facilitates cruising—venture into the bushes behind the railway track, and you’ll encounter guys from across Europe and beyond.

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Train to the gay beach

Take the charming beach train to the gay beach – Paragem 19!

Caparica sunset

Enjoy a Caparica sunset at one of the many beach clubs by the sea.

CAR: go South to Caparica and south again all the way to the last access to the beaches. When the road goes uphill, you have just passed the access you want to go! Go past Praia do Rei until the parking at the end of the dust road. Upon Bela Vista, walk south, to the left of the restaurant. It’s some 2 miles of white sand beach and dunes! A taxi will take you there from downtown Lisbon for € 20 approx.

BUS: from Praça de Espanha take bus 153 to Costa de Caparica busstation. Walk five minutes south along the boulevard and you’ll see the little train, that leaves every half hour (until end of September). The 161 bus from Praca de Areeiro will also take you to Caparica. An alternative route includes a mini-cruise on the ferry from Cais do Sodré across the river to Cacilhas. Get on bus 138 (directo) to Costa da Caparica (Avoid bus 124).

TRAIN: Cross the Tagus river to Pragal railway station and take bus 196 to Caparica. The train may be a good alternative on weekends, as it avoids the traffic jams on the 25th of April Bridge.

Getting to the Gay Beach

Take the little train (in season) at the end of the boardwalk (€ 5 return) and it will take you 8 kilometres south to the quiet stretches of sand. The train has 21 stops in total.

Stop (paragem) 19, also known as Beach 19 or Praia de Bela Vista, is where the nudist beach starts, also world famous for being Portugal’s most popular gay beach.

As you leave the nudist beach you will approach the gay beach. In the expanse of bushes behind the railway track, guys from all over Europe and beyond, hook up for some afternoon fun.

Top Trending Hotels in LISBON with our visitors.

Check out the most popular hotels with our guests this past 7 days in Lisbon. Hotels in Lisbon are cheaper than other larger European cities so you can get great deals on some luxury hotels. If you are on a budget, then Lisbon has great hostels located in some of the most historic buildings in the city. Many have been recently redecorated with a luxury feel.

Lisboa Carmo Hotel

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Lisboa Carmo Hotel

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SANA Lisboa Hotel rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and have views over the Old City and offering spacious en suite rooms.

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