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.
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.
Lisbon is quite a compact city with two distinct gay districts,Principe Real area and in the old Bairro Alto quarter. Barrio Alto tends to lean more towards the mixed, gay-friendly groups. Principe Real hosts the best bear and cruising bars. We have selected hotels within easy walking distance from both areas. Remember, Lisbon is a city of hills, so sometimes a taxi is the best option!
Soundproofed, all rooms at the Second Floor B&B have either a balcony or a view of the Coliseum. Each includes a safe, flat-screen TV and fridge.
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