Where to sleep
In Lisbon you’ll find many amazing gay-friendly hotels, where checking in will be a pleasure within itself! If you’re looking for a cool and trendy design hotel for your honeymoon in Portugal’s capital city, than the Altis Belém is your best bet. If you’re daydreaming of a more romantic setting in old palaces, the Palacete Chafariz D'El Rei and the Pestana Palace are top contenders. For those gay couples seeking a quiet honeymoon, the small Solar dos Mouros boutique hotel or the Pouso dos Anjos guesthouse are perfect; on the other hand, for those who want to fully experience Lisbon’s gay night life, than drop your bags at the Anjo Azul Hotel (Lisbon’s first gay hotel!) or at the My Rainbow Rooms Hotel… and get ready to have some fun!
Where to drink
Whether you’re looking for a pre-dinner cocktail or the perfect spot to start off the night, Lisbon has got you covered. An array of gay-friendly bars will assure that you’ll not only feel at home, but also that you’ll have the time of your life! In the Príncipe Real area – a very popular gay neighborhood – stop to have a drink at 106, Bar Cru, TR3S, Woof LX or Woof X. When exploring the trendy and animated Bairro Alto, be sure to check out any one of these gay-friendly bars: Purex, Favela Chic, Side, Clube da Esquina, Salto Alto, Kitsch Lab, Bardot, Friends BA, Portas Largas or Sweet Bar. Cheers to a great honeymoon!
Where to eat
A honeymoon is not complete without a romantic dinner or two or three… And in Lisbon you’ll find so many amazing, luxurious, traditional and delicious restaurants, that you’ll have lunch and dinner reservations booked for your entire stay! As a gay-friendly city, Lisbon also has many gay-friendly restaurants that are definitely worth a bite or two… If you’re craving Italian food, check out Stravaganza; if French cuisine is on your palate, Charcutaria Francesa is the place to go. For a Fusion or International culinary experience, make a reservation at Stasha or at Império dos Sentidos. Last but not least, enjoy the very best Portuguese recipes at Frei Contente, Põe-te na Bicha and Pap’Açorda. Bon apetite!
Where to party
After a wonderful dinner and maybe a romantic stroll through the beautiful streets of Lisbon, it’s time to… party! With a very vibrant night life in general and an equally vivacious gay night life, take note of some of the best clubs to dance the night away in Lisbon and celebrate your honeymoon until dawn: in the Príncipe Real district, Construction, Finalmente and Trumps are the clubs to see and to be seen at. If you’re in Bairro Alto, head to Fragil; and if you happen to be in the Alfama neighborhood, Lux-Fragil is another cool gay-friendly club. Do you have your dancing shoes on?
What to see and do
After a well rested night, it’s time to take in the sights and Lisbon has so much to see and do! Spectacular monuments and magical viewpoints, busy streets, trendy shops and cool cafés (Le Petit Bistro, Les Mauvais Garçons and Le Marais are extremely cozy and gay-friendly) should all be on your honeymoon to-do list. If you’re up for some sand and sun, Meco Beach and Praia 19 are not only gay-friendly, but also spectacular beaches for romantic walks by the shore, stunning sunsets and people-watching. Lisbon is also known for its many gay events, organized year round: if you’re in the city in June, be sure to participate in the Arraial Pride Parade and all its fun after-parties; join in the Sparkling Party, an amazing summer party that heats up the city; if you’re in Lisbon during the month of September, participate in Queer Lisboa, a popular gay and lesbian film festival; and year round, you’ll definitely hear about different pop-up gay parties that go by the name of Lesboa Party.
Welcome to Lisbon, have a wonderful honeymoon!