Have you been in Portugal?

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    Aug 25, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    Many gay when they are travelling in Europe and many goes to Spain but not to Portugal... So if you have benn in Portugal, what you think of us? and our guys? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 25, 2012 8:10 PM GMT
    zenbody saidMany gay when they are travelling in Europe and many goes to Spain but not to Portugal... So if you have benn in Portugal, what you think of us? and our guys? icon_biggrin.gif
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    I have been to portugal:

    I find it to be one of the worse european countries that i have visited
    i don't think much of your guys.
    most were unfriendly, with chips on their shoulders and not attractive on average.
    I was supposed to be there for a week visiting the birth place of my great grandmama
    i ended up spending only 5 days.
    I wouldn't visit again

    thanks for asking.
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    Aug 25, 2012 8:23 PM GMT
    When I lived in Spain as a kid, my parents took us on a trip to Faro. I barely remember it because I was 5 years old at the time. However, it was my first time in a foreign country and the first time I heard another language besides Spanish and English. Apparently I made a comment to my mom about how strange people talked there icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 25, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    I must admit that the Portuguese accent from Portugal sure is strange sometimes. You guys really know how to reduce and swallow syllables wherever possible!

    Somehow a word like 'excelente' that sounds like 'esselenchee' in Brazil becomes 'shlent' in Portugal, hehe.
  • jayatl56

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    Aug 25, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    My cousin and I drove around Portugal a few years back. We loved Lisbon although we couldn't figure out the gay scene at all. Didn't seem to have one except for one creepy sauna. The rest of the country seemed a bit backwards. Roads weren't the best and it was a stretch finding people who spoke English. I know Americans are not the best when it comes to languages and we shouldn't impose that on others but still where ever I traveled there were English speakers.

    Would I go back, probably, but Spain would be my first choice (Barcelona, specifically).

    Now you have me wondering how people rank the countries they've visited. It would be interesting to have a poll feature to do that.
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    Aug 25, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    No but Portuguese guys are my weakness.....icon_redface.gif
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    Aug 25, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    I`m portuguese...but my parents are from the islands and i`ve never been to the mainland i would love to see it.I would never mind going back to the islands again but my first time going was a bad enough experience.
  • MadeinMich

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    Aug 25, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    Before I post this, I have a very unique, idiocyncratic taste in travel so my opinion on this is just my own and based on my comparison to other places.
    But I've visited seven European countries including France,UK, Spain, and Italy. And Portugal leaves the greatest mark in my mind. I went to Oporto and Lisbon. The architecture in both of these cities are amazing. I loved the coast along the Douro River and Leca Pools in Oporto as well as the Casa De Musica. I fell in love with the beautiful tile murals called Azulejos on a lot of the buildings there. I love how the buildings are all stacked on a hill along the River Duoro. I had a blast navigating my way through the city.

    As for the men. Wasn't really checking them out. But if there is one other country I would live in it would be Portugal. I am so glad you started this board so I could express my love and support for Portugal.
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    Aug 26, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    Spain would like to thank Portugal for all the points you give them in the Eurovision Song Contest. Andorra too icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 26, 2012 12:22 AM GMT
    Visited once

    Went to Lisbon

    Pissy little place

    Some good wines though. That's about it.
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    Aug 26, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    I seem to disagree with most of the above with the exception of MadeinMich (and I'm somewhat surprised to read these comments because Lisbon, especially, seems to be creeping up in more and more Top European destination shortlists...)

    Have a look here: http://www.europeanconsumerschoice.org/travel/european-best-destination-2012/

    Top 10 destinations, 2 are in Portugal. icon_smile.gif

    Lisbon is one of the most mystical and charming places in Europe. One of the few European capitals with a river and seaside in one. I love the area around Estoril-Cascais. The quality of life there is just perfect.

    Yes, a few years ago (90s) it wasn't the best place to go to - boring, mundane, and closed-minded - but they have really invested in the city and its overall renovation, so to speak, and the newer generations are transforming the place at lightning speed. All those chic boutique hotels appearing around Baixa/Chiado/Bairro Alto area, the main avenues being refurbished and lighting up. It has an almost Parisian feel to it at times.

    It's also the birthplace of the Fado, and home of the navigators who pretty much discovered the world.

    Porto/Minho, Algarve also have their charm, but Lisbon is definitely my favourite.

    Not to mention the food... icon_razz.gif

    The gay scene is improving fast (the country does have Gay marriage after all), but I try not to base my motives for visiting a city on their gay scene. For that, I'll get a 40min flight from Lisbon and go to Madrid. ;)

    I think Portugal's big problem is their lack of marketing. There is a lot to see and discover there, but most uneducated tourists seem to have a negative impression of the place simply because they don't know much about it.

    Guess that just leaves it to be the others' (like me) little secret. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 26, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
    I've also heard great things about Lisbon so I'm kinda surprised by all the negative comments above. I'd really like to visit.
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    Aug 26, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    I've been to three Portugal three times...........to Lisbon, Estoril and Porches - which I liked the best. The people were friendly - and I met some other gay guys and had fun with them. I stayed at a place that is situated on the Praia das Gaivotas cliff overlooking the sea. While I was there I got into Thalassotherapy and Yoga and played tennis. They had a Turkish bath - and those of us who were 'family' had some fun there. I was lucky that I went with a few guys who knew some people there. It made it more fun to hang with some of the locals.
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    Aug 26, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    live in spain. just spent a few days in lagos. if you like partying its probably one of the funnest places in europe. in the summer, everyone is hot and goes hard. and cuz things close earlier than the rest of europe everyone makes friends and there are tons of house/street parties. i had so much fun, im sad to be back in andalucia.
  • allatonce

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    Aug 26, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    Portuguese guys are sexy.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Aug 26, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    Been there loved it loved the food and fado mwaaaaaaaaaaaahhh
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    Aug 27, 2012 5:28 PM GMT
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    zenbody saidMany gay when they are travelling in Europe and many goes to Spain but not to Portugal... So if you have benn in Portugal, what you think of us? and our guys? icon_biggrin.gif
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    I have been to portugal:

    I find it to be one of the worse european countries that i have visited
    i don't think much of your guys.
    most were unfriendly, with chips on their shoulders and not attractive on average.
    I was supposed to be there for a week visiting the birth place of my great grandmama
    i ended up spending only 5 days.
    I wouldn't visit again

    thanks for asking.


    Thanks dor the reply... i 'm kind of sad for the coment, but if is it that you fell, ok. i have to respect.. thanks anyway....
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    Aug 27, 2012 6:18 PM GMT
    BlackCat90 saidNo but Portuguese guys are my weakness.....icon_redface.gif



    lololol icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 27, 2012 6:31 PM GMT
    Of the 50 or so countries I have been to around the world, Portugal would definitely be in the top 10 of those I would go back to. Not necessarily my favorite but certainly worth spending time in. Lisbon is a wonderfully manageable city - charming, mostly walkable with good public transit. It helps if one likes bacalao in some of its 365 presentations icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 27, 2012 7:09 PM GMT
    I have been three times to Portugal and visited nearly the entire country covering the south third, then the middle third and finally the northern third. I love Portugal and the people are very friendly. I was not there for the gay life so do not know a thing about that. The only negative thing I can say about it is the fires have devastated a good portion of the forests oh yeah and the drivers are completely crazy even worse than in Mexico but I got used to that driving from Lisboa to the Algarve the first trip and it was kinda fun after that.
  • leaozinho

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    Aug 27, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    i was in lisboa in 1998
    i loved the food, wine, culture, architecture, art and people.
    the gay life in 1998 was very backward compared to nyc and other euro capitals. maybe rome is just as dismal as lisboa.
    i would go back again.

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    Aug 27, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    I went to Lisbon for work and stayed for a few days afterwards. I find it beautiful in an old world way. There did seem to be a heavy catholic hand looming over the gay life there. I would venture to guess that many Portuguese gay men get married because they are pressured by their family. As a result I didn't find any of the gay venues appealing.

    Nevertheless I picked up a hot Spanish guy in a square where they were giving a dance performance. On the morning before my flight home I went to a gym and a tall blond beautiful muscular Portuguesse who looked like a a porn star, watched me shower and then after talking all macho with his buddies, slipped his number into my gym bag on the way out. I was sorely tempted to miss my flight.
  • sloughwest

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    Aug 27, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    We went on a day trip to Lisbon, their architecture was clean and up to date. The food was incredible, it's great to go down to the sea/river.

    The longest bridge in europe is there too.

    Had a fabulous day, and everyone was very friendly.

    I'd go again icon_smile.gif


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    Aug 27, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    Im dating a portuguese guy from Lisbon, & he is just about perfecticon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 27, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    I love Portugal. Been to Lisbon, Madeira, Porto, Cascais, and the Azores (San Miguel and Terceira).

    Lisbon is a nice city, very walkable. Good food, good (& cheap) espresso. Even hotel prices are not too bad. My money goes a lot farther in Portugal than most of western Europe.

    Porto was another city we enjoyed visiting. Cascais wasn't too bad for a resort town. I wasn't too impressed with the vibe in Madeira. It felt like any other European resort destination, and not real Portuguese. I think Portuguese was the language I heard the least in Madeira. But the food was very good there, plenty to do and see. And the fruit that was available there was incredible.

    We've been to the Azores 4 times. It's a nice quiet place to go. Rather scenic, friendly people. Fast flight (4.5 hours from Boston). We've seen pretty much everything on San Miguel so next trip there would be to explore the rest of the Azores.

    One thing I can't stand are the Portuguese airlines (SATA and TAP), does a schedule mean anything to these people? Six times to Portugal, and only twice have the flights departed on time (and that includes travel within Portugal). UGH!