LISBON Gay Beaches 2021

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.

Recommended Hotels in Lisbon

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!

Lisboa Carmo Hotel
4 Star, Great Location

Lisboa Carmo

Located in the heart of the city, the hotel features luxury rooms with classic & contemporary décor. with views of Lisbon’s old town

SANA Lisboa Hotel
4 Star, Great Views!

SANA Lisboa

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

HF Fenix Garden
3 Star, Design Hotel

HF Fenix Garden

The stylish Hotel Fenix Garden is situated in the centre of Lisbon, just steps away, while the high-end shops and boutiques. Free WiFi

The Late Birds
Gay Hotel

The Late Birds

Located in Bairro Alto this Gay Men’s Guesthouse offers an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, a sun deck and a lounge bar.

Recommended Apartments in Lisbon

3 Bedrooms

These modern and spacious apartments are located in a renovated 18th-century building in Lisbon’s Chiado district. All apartments feature a spacious kitchen with a dishwasher and washing machine. Most have a private balcony.

Bairro Alto
1 Bedroom

Each apartment comes with a balcony, a dining area & private bathrooms with shower & free toiletries. The apartments include a double bedroom & the superior apartments have a double sofa-bed in the living room.

Master Deco
3 Bedrooms

The apartment features 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Free WiFi, air conditioning

Center Bairro
2 Bedrooms

All units have a cable flat-screen TV. Some units include a dining area and or balcony. There is also a kitchen, fitted with an oven & microwave. as well as a coffee machine. A private bathroom with a bath or shower & free toiletries.

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