Algarve is unlikely to be chosen as the first destination for gay travelers in Portugal. As you might guess, Lisbon and Porto still as top places for holidays or just a weekend getaway. Even though you haven’t thought about visiting Algarve yet, we are ready to show you why it is worth heading to the most southern region of Portugal at any time of the year.
The 10 best gay bars and venues in Algarve
Algarve is all about sun, sand, and sea. Even if you go in winter you are probably enjoying sunny days with pleasant temperatures. During summer, it’s all about spending your day at the beach, enjoying the sunset and heading to the main streets for some night. Although is still not a cosmopolitan region, Algarve is LGBT friendly and full of gay bars and venues to enjoy during your stay.
Discover the 10 best gay bars and venues in Algarve
Let’s start our list of best gay bars and venues at the Capital of Algarve. Prestige is located in the heart of Faro and hosts the best parties in town. Each night has a different proposal from International DJs to the best Portuguese drag queens that come from Lisbon and Porto to cheer up the Algarvian nightlife. Prestige is open Fridays and Saturdays from 23h45 to 6 in the morning but, during summer it might be on the entire week.
2. Connection (Albufeira)
Not far from Faro, you can also go out in Albufeira for a fun night. The distance between the two cities is just 45 km, so you can take a night bus, taxi or Uber. In the center of Albufeira, you’ll find a great gay bar in Algarve. Connection is located at The Strip, which is the most lively street in Albufeira. In Summer, every night is a different themed party. During winter, the fun goes on with DJs, special drinks and a great crowd.
3. Maria Luisa Beach (Portimão)
A bit far West from Albufeira, you will reach Portimão, another popular destination in the Algarve region. Great landscapes and incredible beaches have given this place its popularity. If you are looking for a spot to spend the day, Praia Maria Luisa is a great option. This beach can be considered small if you compare to others in Algarve, but if you a bit and past Club Med you will reach the gay-popular spot and also a nudist area.
4. Dona Benta – Tasca Chique (Portimão)
Have you got hungry after some time at the beach? Portugal is one of the best countries to delight yourself and spend a couple of hours at the typical “tascas”. Dona Benta is a gay-friendly venue where you can try some great Portuguese specialties and regional food in a pleasant atmosphere.
Thinking about sleeping over in Portimão? We have a fun tip for you. The Loft is a gay bar in the heart of the town, very popular among locals and tourists. Every night is a different thing and you’ll find your party. Fetish, Pop, sports or drag nights, we are 100% sure that you have a blast.
6. Luisol Bar (Lagos)
If you are enjoying your holidays in the Algarve region, you are definitely saving someday to visit Lagos. Actually, when people search about Algarvian beaches, those located in
7. Armação da Pera Beach (Albufeira)
We are back to Albufeira and heading to the beach. Also called Praia Grande, Armação da Pera is a beautiful and large beach with white sand and blue sea. The extensive dunes create a windshield so you can enjoy your beach time at any hour of the day. Like most gay beaches in the Algarve, you can go nude or just wear beachwear.
8. Iguana Café (Albufeira)
Looking for a gay bar in Albufeira? So another possibility to enjoy your time after the beach is Iguana Café. This is a place to go at any time of the day. Lunch, afternoon or dinner there are always different possibilities to try. Oh, and don’t forget to at least have a drink at the terrace and enjoy the view.
9. Praia do Homem Nu (Tavira)
In Portuguese, homem nu means Naked man. Even though you think it is related to the fact that this is a gay beach, it is not, lol. Praia do Homem Nu is located in a small town called Tavira which is becoming a gay destination in the Algarve region. If you enjoy a day in the wild nature this beach will fit you. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes because you’ll need to trek to find your little piece of heaven.
10. Bar 42 (Monte Gordo)
A few kilometers from the border with Spain is Monte Gordo, a popular summer destination in the Algarve region. Although, this is not a specific gay venue, Bar 42 is a friendly place with a beautiful terrace, amazing drinks, and DJ to enjoy from the sunset until late hours.
The Algarve is a lovely and beautiful region in Portugal. If you just want to turn off your mind a bit and have fun, you should start thinking about it as your next destination.
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