PORTUGAL mid November. Where do you recommend visiting?

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    Nov 03, 2017 11:59 PM GMT
    Flying into Lisbon and staying 10 days just to explore.
    My partner and I like the Bohemian side of life and Nature.
    First time so any ideas welcome.
  • bro4bro

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    Nov 06, 2017 12:24 AM GMT
    Hmm, the Algarve coast around Lagos is quite beautiful but November probably isn't the time to go...
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  • JackNNJ

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    Nov 06, 2017 1:13 AM GMT
    Florida.

  • Nov 06, 2017 5:27 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]bro4bro said[/cite]Hmm, the Algarve coast around Lagos is quite beautiful but November probably isn't the time to go...
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    I have been to Portugal 4 times and into nature too. I found the central part to be most beautiful around Coimbra but this post is good as Lagos, pronounced with an SH sound on the end is the best place along the Algarve. The problem with the countryside now is they have had sooo many fires there in the past 10 years or so. Good luck
  • Derrick_Rigg

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    Nov 08, 2017 6:47 PM GMT
    Beautiful pics. Never been to Portugal.

    Closest I've have been is Barcelona and the Azores (islands).
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    Nov 08, 2017 7:30 PM GMT
    I will be curious to see how open, with public affection, gay and lesbian couples are in Portugal.
    In the more touristy areas of Spain
    I sense even more openness than I see in the US or Canada.

    It's odd that in some places that are politically very open to LGBT issues
    there isn't a corresponding openness on the streets.
    Buenos Aires is my best example.
    Hetero couples are kissing in the street everywhere!
    But gays holding hands are pretty rare.

    Any of you guys paid attention to this in Portugal?
  • bro4bro

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    Nov 09, 2017 4:38 PM GMT
    Sorry, I didn't. On my first trip to Portugal (20 years ago) I was with a guy who was not at all comfortable with public affection so we never tested the waters, and I don't remember seeing anyone else holding hands or kissing - we didn't spend any time in the gay area; it seemed to be a bit problematic back then.

    On my second trip (10 years ago) I was on my own and only visited smaller places that had no gay scene and no visible gay tourists.
  • Destinharbor

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    Nov 09, 2017 4:59 PM GMT
    LeafBlower saidI will be curious to see how open, with public affection, gay and lesbian couples are in Portugal.
    In the more touristy areas of Spain
    I sense even more openness than I see in the US or Canada.

    It's odd that in some places that are politically very open to LGBT issues
    there isn't a corresponding openness on the streets.
    Buenos Aires is my best example.
    Hetero couples are kissing in the street everywhere!
    But gays holding hands are pretty rare.

    Any of you guys paid attention to this in Portugal?

    Haven't done Portugal (yet) but did do Buenos Aires last year. It is very open to gay couples now. We walked in the streets hand-in-hand, can't remember smooching in public, but danced, explored, ate food, tried to get in an all-men Tango place, Just enjoyed. BA is now very welcoming to gay guys. I found Spain to be, too. Can't imagine Portugal being that different.
  • bro4bro

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    Nov 10, 2017 4:31 PM GMT
    It's easy to lump Spain and Portugal together from 5000 miles away but they are very different. Just ask them!

    Visiting Lisbon is nothing like visiting Madrid or Barcelona, in terms of your experience as a tourist dealing with locals, walking the streets, etc. People just plain act different. It has a decidedly sketchier vibe even in the nicest areas. I can do sketchy just fine (used to hang out at the punk clubs after midnight in LA's Chinatown) but my friend who I traveled there with can't; he was molested as a young child and reacts very badly to any hint of danger, which is why we didn't go to the gay district there.

    Lisbon does allegedly have a large and very fun gay scene, however.

    On the plus side, I've found English is spoken much more widely in Portugal than in Spain. I speak Spanish just fine so it's never been an issue but I was shocked to find the girls working in the tourist office of Sevilla - a hugely popular destination - didn't speak a word of English. Meanwhile I saw waiters in the Lagos cafes shifting seamlessly from Portuguese to English to German to Italian...
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    Nov 10, 2017 4:40 PM GMT
    Destinharbor, I won't disagree that Buenos Aires is gay tolerant enough.
    But it's a city I know well and I've had this talk with lots of my friends there over the past ten years.
    Hetero Lovers exchange deep-throat kisses on the street. Local gay couples don't.
    As tourists, you can do whatever you want---which is kinda true everywhere except Dubai and Tehran, etc.

    As for gays being affectionate, 20 miles distance can make a big difference.
    Nice, France is full of gays holding hands.
    Cannes is 20 miles away and very sophistocated and no doubt, gay-tolerant
    but you will rarely see gay couples holding hands in Cannes.

    My partner and I never hold hands in public and kinda rarely in private. It's just not us.
    We prefer to kiss and fuck. But I love seeing couples show affection. It's a positive sign, wherever.
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    Nov 10, 2017 8:39 PM GMT
    At least it won't be hot in November - Average temps are high of about 52 - 63 degrees. take a jacket.
  • NearTheBorder

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    Nov 23, 2017 8:24 PM GMT
    I went to Lisbon 2 summers ago and it was not nearly as crowded with tourists like the rest of Europe is in the summer so I would suggest people check out Lisbon. It's a very nice city and the people were friendly.
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    Dec 25, 2017 8:40 AM GMT
    November? I don't want to be anywhere in Europe at this time of the year. This time of the year I want to be in The Philippines, Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia or Caribbean countries.

    In India: Kerala, Goa or The Andamans and Nicobar Islands or Lakshadweep