Gay & Lesbian Travellers

Gay and lesbian sex is legal in Portugal and the age of consent is 16. As a modern area, the Algarve has learned to respect gay and lesbian travellers, although some people may still react in a bad way to it, as in all cities throughout the world.

Before coming to the Algarve, you might want to write to the 'Opus Gay Association' (Rua da Ilha Terceira 34- 2º 1000-173 Lisboa) or contact them by phone (+ 351 21 315 13 96). Their e-mail is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

On the internet you will find a few Portuguese gay and lesbian sites. The most comprehensive are www.portugalgay.pt and www.OpusGayAssociation.com. The first is available in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and German.

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