Gay Guide Portugal

In strictly catholic Portugal the parliament approved the homosexual marriage proposal at the beginning of January 2010. This approval is a triumph in ultra-conservative Portugal. The age of consent is 16 in Portugal. In December 2015, the socialist minority government amended the adoption rights in parliament where the majority agreed to the extension of the adoption rights also for homosexual couples. At the time of printing this guide it was not yet definitively confirmed whether the law will enter into force or not, because the signature of the president is still required. Gays and lesbians are highly accepted and take part in Portuguese society, often mixing with heterosexuals in bars and clubs. There are several organizations up and down the country which are dedicated to various gay and lesbian interest groups and produce the weekly radio broadcast "Vidas Alternativas". The Gay Pride events in Lisbon and Porto enjoy ever growing popularity and the Lisbon gay and lesbian film festival is one of the best in Europe. 2012 also saw a first Gay Pride event in Ponta Delgada in the Azores, attended by over 2,000 people. Portugal is a very beautiful country and the birthplace of the very first empire to open up to globalization. The country has a rich historical heritage and features outstandingly attractive landscapes, as well as a multi-faceted coastline. The Portuguese language and culture can be encountered around the world, from Brazil to Goa. Portugal is currently becoming increasingly popular as a gay destination offering eccentric Lisbon, one of Europe's most magnificent cities, baroque Porto, surrounded by historically grown small towns and the unique wine-growing regions Douro and Vinho Verde, the Algarve with its breathtaking coast and pleasant climate, the incomparably beautiful islands of Madeira and the Azores, plus numerous historic towns, and last but not least the delicious cuisine and first-rate wines.

Islands in Portugal

Madeira

Cities in Portugal

Albufeira - AlgarveCarvoeiro - AlgarveFaro - AlgarveLagos - AlgarveLisboaPedrogao PequenoPonta do Sol - MadeiraPorto - Douro LitoralSertaVidigueira - Alto Alentejo

Name: Portugal · Portogallo
Location: Southwest Europe
Initials: PRT
International country code: 351 (no area codes)
International access code: 00
Language: Portuguese
Area: 92,345 km˛ / 35,654 sq miles
Currency: 1 Euro (€) = 100 Cents
Population: 10,527,000
Capital: Lisboa
Religions: 81% Roman Catholic
Climate: A mix of Atlantic and Mediterranean climates, cooler and wetter in the north and warmer and drier in the south.
Important gay cities: Lisboa, Porto

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