When people think of Portugal, they think Lisbon, but there is another area which merits a visit. Porto. North of the country, it is nonetheless a great area and lots of fun.
Porto is the second largest city and the financial center of the country. It has a great Gay and Lesbian life with many clubs, shops and cafés. The great thing about Porto is that the Gay and Lesbian lifestyle extends to the general area.
A nice community just 30km north of Porto is Povoa de Varzim. Nice resort with nice people. I recommend a very nice Gay Friendly hotel, The Sol Povoa Hotel, very clean, great customer service and located just walking distance from the beach. The great thing about Povoa is also its accessibility to Porto by public transport. The metro gives you a direct link from the center of Porto to Povoa de Varzim. The trip takes about 40 minutes. It makes for a great day trip without driving if you're staying in the Center of Porto. And by the way you do not need a car in Povoa as every point of interest is accessible by foot.
Another nice little village is Apulia, just 10 minutes north of Povoa witha great Gay Beach located 1/2 km from the Pacha Club. The beach has great dunes and nice fine sand. It reminds me of the Pines in New York.
So, if you're thinking of visiting Gay Portugal, do not limit yourself to Lisbon and take the time to visit the Porto area as well. And as always if you have any questions, just send me a quick hello.