Portugal, a country with a rich history, lively culture, and breathtaking landscapes, is packed with hidden gems waiting to be discovered. 

This guide will introduce you to some off-the-beaten-path spots in Portugal that resonate with the LGBTQ+ community. We’ll highlight destinations that offer not just beauty and serenity but also inclusivity and a welcoming atmosphere. Portugal has one of the most advanced and inclusive legal frameworks regarding sexual orientation and gender identities. In 2023, the country was listed by Forbes as the 6th safest country in the world for LGBTQ+ travelers

And we'll also cover the benefits of using a Portugal eSIM, to make your journey both convenient and safe.

Exploring beyond the obvious

While Lisbon and Porto grab most of the headlines, Portugal's lesser-known places offer unique experiences without the crowds. Here's a selection of off-the-beaten-path destinations that are LGBTQ+ friendly and promise an unforgettable adventure:


Located in the heart of Alentejo, Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage site that has a well-preserved old town, Roman ruins, and a laid-back atmosphere. It's a city where history whispers from every corner. Évora is known for its welcoming nature and hosts various LGBTQ+ friendly accommodations and cafes. Don't miss the Chapel of Bones for a moment of contemplation.


A short train ride from Lisbon, Sintra is like stepping into a living fairy tale. This UNESCO World Heritage Site isn’t just inclusive; it’s a place where diversity is celebrated. Don’t miss the chance to visit Quinta da Regaleira.


Located in the Algarve, Tavira stands out for its unspoiled beaches, traditional architecture, and beautiful riverside. It's less touristy than its Algarve counterparts, offering a more intimate experience. Tavira is also known for its openness and friendly attitude towards LGBTQ+ travelers. The Ilha de Tavira, accessible by a short ferry ride, is a must-visit for beach lovers.


Often referred to as “the most Portuguese village,” Monsanto offers a unique glimpse into the country's rural life. Found on a hilltop, this unique village is famous for its houses and streets that are carved right into the rocky landscape. Boulders double as walls and occasionally even as roofs for houses, creating a striking balance between man-made structures and nature. Monsanto's quiet beauty makes it a perfect retreat for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle.


Amarante has a very picturesque setting by the Tâmega River, surrounded by mountains. This small town is a haven for couples looking for a romantic getaway, with its charming streets, historic sites, and exquisite local cuisine. You will find Amarante welcoming, with various festivals and events celebrating diversity throughout the year.


Madeira might be known for its gorgeous landscapes and sweet wine, but did you know it's also got a fun little LGBTQ+ scene? Funchal, the capital, is where you'll find friendly bars and annual Pride celebrations that are all about love and inclusivity. 


The Azores are not just Insta-worthy; they're also super welcoming. São Miguel Island, for example, has a growing LGBTQ+ community and some cool hangout spots. It's the perfect mix of adventure and chill vibes, where you can hike up a volcano and then sip coffee with new friends in Ponta Delgada.

The Benefits of using an eSIM

For LGBTQ+ travelers, staying connected is not just a convenience—it's a necessity. A downloadable Portugal eSIM from aloSIM ensures that you can access the internet without needing a physical SIM card, making it easier to looking up LGBTQ+ safe spots, find the best local eats, make reservations, stay in touch with family, book flights or a ride, use translation apps, manage emails, and keep your squad updated on your travels – all without the worry of losing signal or incurring exorbitant roaming fees.

  • Unlike traditional SIM cards, eSIMs allow you to switch plans, or top them up, without physically changing your SIM card
  • AloSIM offers tailored plans (from 1 to 10 GB) that cater to your specific needs, whether it's high-speed data for streaming or sufficient call minutes to stay in touch with loved ones. 
  • Because it’s prepaid, you always know exactly what you'll spend on data
  • Most modern smartphones, tablets, and even some laptops are eSIM compatible, allowing you to share your data plan across devices without the need for portable Wi-Fi devices or multiple SIM cards.
  • Accessing public Wi-Fi can be risky. Ab eSIM provides a secure, private connection, giving you peace of mind
  • You can choose and activate your plan before you even land, ensuring you're connected from the moment you step off the plane
  • You can keep your original number while using a local data plan. This means you can continue receiving texts/calls on your usual number, if you want.

Portugal's hidden gems offer a mix of beauty, history, and culture, making it a perfect destination for LGBTQ+ travelers seeking both adventure and a welcoming atmosphere. So pack your bags, set up your eSIM, and get ready to discover the great charm of Portugal's lesser-known places.