PORTUGAL in November, December

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    Aug 29, 2016 12:25 AM GMT
    What do you recommend? We don't need anything particularly gay as we're a couple. But I'd love to hear about cool things to do. Thanks!
  • badbug

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    Aug 29, 2016 4:14 AM GMT
    Don't go. Portugal has a lot of Portugeuse people. Too many. You don't want that.

    I would recommend you go to England instead but then again, the English.

    It's too bad all these foreign places are filled with foreigners.



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    Aug 29, 2016 7:59 AM GMT
    "Portugal has a lot of Portugeuse people."
    Yes, I had heard that too but decided that it can't really be true.
    SO WE'RE GOING!

    Portugal is the only western European country neither my partner nor I have been been to, so that was a deciding factor.
    It's also going to be my BIG 35 so WTF not?
  • transient

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    Aug 29, 2016 4:43 PM GMT
    What are you looking for?

    City or campo?

    Touristic ir authentic?

    Basic accomodation or luxury?

    Portugal is z beautiful country with a tremendous amount to offer.

    Tell me what your looking for and I can give you some advice.

    I live in the mountains of the central Beira's and have a Bell tent, Caravan or fully equipped cottage to rent.
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    Aug 29, 2016 10:17 PM GMT
    transient, The way you live sounds like Heaven to me.

    But for this trip I won't be able to spend more than ten days so I think we'll visit Lisboa and any beach towns you could recommend.

    We don't care if the areas are gay or not. We both love animals and wildlife.
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    Aug 30, 2016 2:10 AM GMT
    I spent one day in Lisbon and I loved it, but it was in September so not sure how the climate will fare in November. Maybe other RJs can comment. What I loved about the capital was just the antiquity of some buildings and modern in other parts. Parque Eduardo VII was a great site in the center of Sao Sebastiao area overlooking the city, lots of locals go there. The statue of Marques de Rombal which connect with the park, follows that main down avenue to city cafes, restaurants, and lots of shops. Yup and even found a Starbucks going that path with free Wifi to be able rest my feet and see some of the locals and tourists go bye.

    Also the Arco da Rua Augusta is the main pedestrian area to walk through the city and also takes you all the way to the sea waterfront. Anyway, one day to return to spent a couple of more days not only in Lisbon but the country side. Also, their Ponte 25 de Abril was impressive in sight it reminded me of a little bit of the Golden Gate Bridge...and have fun...and yes the eye candy is hoticon_smile.gif)
  • FRE0

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    Aug 30, 2016 2:45 AM GMT
    April is supposed to be the best time to visit Portugal.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2xDh5czl88

  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 30, 2016 8:55 PM GMT
    badbug saidDon't go. Portugal has a lot of Portugeuse people. Too many. You don't want that.

    I would recommend you go to England instead but then again, the English.

    It's too bad all these foreign places are filled with foreigners.



    Yeah just like Canada is filled with Canadians, Mexico is filled with Mexicans, Australia is filled with Australians. You might as well just stay in the good ol' USA so you don't have to deal with all those pesky foreignersicon_cool.gif

  • transient

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    Sep 01, 2016 10:02 PM GMT
    So, Portugal normally gets Verão de San Martin.

    More commonly called Indian Summer in English.

    So the summer lasts untill the first big storms.....anywhere from November to the end of the year.

    Lisboa is fantastic....modern and ancient in the same breath, highly cultured or super authentic realism. It has it all.

    Sintra, Cascais and Obedoes are all beautiful day trips from Lisboa.

    Coimbra is an hour on the train, it's a compact University city with lots of history and tiny streets with real individual shops.

    Oporto is 2 hours by train and is quite different from Lisboa.

    My place is a 3 hour train/bus journey from Lisboa to the Serra do Açor and shows you country self sufficient living in the mountains,forests and rivers stuck in timelessness and a culture that's welcoming and seems from a bygone age.

    If you need more info, just ask.x
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    Sep 02, 2016 12:47 AM GMT
    transient, You are a fantastic ambassador for your country,
    Now I want to visit every place you write about.
    THANK YOU!

    OBRIGADO!!!
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    Sep 02, 2016 2:57 AM GMT
    I lived in Portugal for 2 years. The Algarve is the southernmost part of the country and has the best beaches. It's kind of like the California of Portugal. My favorite dessert is Pastel de Nata!
  • transient

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    Sep 02, 2016 9:00 AM GMT
    TimTheThird saidtransient, You are a fantastic ambassador for your country,
    Now I want to visit every place you write about.
    THANK YOU!

    OBRIGADO!!!


    De Nada ( not at all/your welcome),

    I'm not native, im Scottish but lived here 3 years.

  • transient

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    Sep 02, 2016 1:00 PM GMT
    TopoftheWorld saidI lived in Portugal for 2 years. The Algarve is the southernmost part of the country and has the best beaches. It's kind of like the California of Portugal. My favorite dessert is Pastel de Nata!


    Where abouts did you live?

    The Algarve us very touristic and inauthentic......the beaches are lovely, and would be mostly quiet out of season like the OP wants to go Nov/December. It is a concrete jungle and fairly expensive.

    The Silver coast between Lisboa and Oporto is much more authentic, with real fishing villages and huge long uninterrupted coast beaches.

    Although it's not realy swimming temperatures in November in the Atlantic sea!

  • transient

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    Sep 02, 2016 1:06 PM GMT
    This is a local website with event listings and property etc:
    www.e-beira.com

    You can find property to rent here:
    http://www.pureportugalholidays.com

    Hope this helps.



    Also, all government Museums and Gallerys are open for free on the first Sunday of each month.
  • interestingch...

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    Sep 02, 2016 4:04 PM GMT
    You have to go to Lisbon, I went last year at the end of September and the weather was fantastic, the people really friendly, got to have the hottest guys in the world in my opinion, the best area for night life is Bairro Alto area, great atmosphere packed in several narrow streets with everyone having fun, good atmosphere and no trouble. The food is average but I didn't stay long enough to explore the best places to eat. The train station is in the centre near the waters edge and you can get the train out to the beach. There is a gay beach apparently over the bridge south of the city and I think its called beach 17 or something like that, you can bus it there, maybe research it, don't know what its like, if its remote then be careful in the evenings or after dark just in case.
    Lisbon is the oldest city in Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world but it has been destroyed several times through earthquakes, tsunami and fire, but its still old so plenty to see. The trams are very old and creaky and nice to go for a ride on.
    Drugs have been legalised in the last few years and you will have people approach you to sell what ever they have so don't be shocked because they are very open about it and they do take no for an answer, because of the legalisation the crime rate has dropped by nearly 80%. Not bad really which frees up the police to fight real crime.
    Maybe research the history of the city which will help to make your visit more interesting. Enjoy
  • transient

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    Sep 02, 2016 5:31 PM GMT
    Mostly great advice from Interesting chap.

    With the exception that drugs are 'legal'.

    Drugs are illegal in Portugal.....most police will turn a blind eye to you if they find a small amount of weed or coke.

    It's not even officially decriminalised....it's just a convention to not make every partygoer(in a city of party's) a criminal.

    Be warned, if your walking around waving a spliff in the touristic city centre, you will be 'taxed' and fined.

    Financially Portugal us fucked and rest assured they will give you a penalty if you break the law in public.....especially as an estrangeiro(foreigner).

    Lastly......NEVER buy drugs in Bario Alto. There are professional gangs running scams on tourists. You want coke but you get glucose.....you want MDMA you get a piece of paper wrapped in plastic.


    Sorry to be harsh but this is the reality.
  • gearhappy

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    Sep 20, 2016 8:22 PM GMT
    Sorry to hijack the thread, but I'm actually headed to Portugal (flying in Lisbon) next week and will be staying in Portugal for a month. Aside from the nude beach near Lisbon, are there any other places that I should check out? I like to be naked outdoors and generally swim or work out in the nude as well.

    I'm also planning on heading south, where there's supposed to be more nude beaches as well. Haven't quite done my research yet, so any advice would be great.

    Also, @transient, your helpx thing sounds interesting. I know this is kind of a weird question, but do you have reliable internet coverage on the property?
  • traveler

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    Oct 30, 2016 8:55 PM GMT
    I was just there last week, to lisbon. I loved it! Definitely will go again.
    From Lisbon, go to Sintra to the pena palace, its very unique and beautiful. When ur done there, head to 'Cabo da roca' its the most western point of europe and i just fell in love with the place. Wacth the sunset with ur boyfriend, its very romantic. It s very windy there so be prepared but im sure u'll love it.
    Other than that in lisbon, go to the beach, they look endless and amazing!! (costa de caparica) You cant swim maybe cause its freezing but great place to chill.
    Send me message if u want details, also u can see some pics in my insta icon_smile.gif Have fun!