Portgutal will play host to the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. The event will take place in the country’s capital and largest city, Lisbon!
semi-finals and grand final of the 63rd annual Eurovision Song Contest
(ESC) in Lisbon @ MEO Arena
The arena for Eurovision 2018 will be MEO Arena (originally Pavilhão Atlântico). The MEO Arena is perfect for a huge event like Eurovision Song Contest. With a capacity of 20,000 it is one of the largest indoor arenas in the EU. The arena is placed very central in Lisbon and is well connected to rail and bus routes. Many international acts have given concerts at the MEO Arena: Madonna, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Shakira, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus etc.
Parque das Nações, home to MEO Arena, has it all — from food to entertainment. From the Portuguese food at Bota Feijão to the Chinese at Old House to the some quick and delish pizza at Il Pizzarium. You can grab a selfie along the Ponte Vasco da Gama — Europe’s longest bridge — and buy clothes for EuroClub at the nearby Vasco da Gama Shopping Mall.
The latter is an airy and bright temple to fashion with more than 170 shops, including 33 restaurants, six movie screens and a health club.
Tickets usually go on sale in November/December the year before, so we expect the tickets for Eurovision 2018 to be released late 2017.
Eurovision Village is the official festival area in Lisbon during Eurovision Song Contest 2018. In Eurovision Village you can see live performances by artists, DJs, special events and public viewing of the shows broadcasted from the Arena.
Eurovision Village will be at Praça do Comércio (also called “Terreiro do Paço”). Praça do Comércio is the largest of Lisbon’s squares located just next to the Tagus river. The square has traditional painted buildings lining the three sides and a magnificent statue of King José I positioned in the centre. Praça do Comércio was traditional where traders would sell their foreign goods.
Portugal is relatively liberal on LGBT rights. It is one of only a few countries in the world that maintains a Constitution protecting people from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Portugal was the eighth country in the world to pass same-sex marriage, back in 2010, and recent years have also seen gender recognition laws and same-sex adoption approved.
The gay bars are a little spread out but taxis are cheap, we have chosen Hotels close to the gay bars that have high reviews on booking.com our hotel partner .
Lisbon Rentals Chiado
Teatro Bed & Breakfast
Lisboa Carmo Hotel 4 Star
Woof X Bar
Woof LX Bar
TR3S Bar Lisboa
Sétimo Céu Bar
Le Marais Bar
Bar Espaço 40e1
Video Highlights of Eurovision Lisbon
Lisbon is quite a compact city with two distinct gay districts,Principe Real area and in the old Bairro Alto quarter. Barrio Alto tends to lean more towards the mixed, gay-friendly groups. Principe Real hosts the best bear and cruising bars. We have selected hotels within easy walking distance from both areas. Remember, Lisbon is a city of hills, so sometimes a taxi is the best option!
Soundproofed, all rooms at the Second Floor B&B have either a balcony or a view of the Coliseum. Each includes a safe, flat-screen TV and fridge.
The annual ManInFest – Mexico City’s annual testosterone party weekend – brings together major international DJs and party brands.
ManInFest Mexico draws hundreds of men who are into leather, beards, muscles, bears, masculine attitude, sportswear, sneakers and tattoos.
The event caters to all types of fetish lovers and the venues change each year as the audience grows! The event has grown to accommodate several thousand partygoers since its launch in 2013!
Don’t Miss! Each year 3 major parties take place in the superclubs of Mexico City with different themes! The Saturday night event is the busiest. With nearly 9 million chilangos, as Mexico City natives are often called the city can be a labyrinth but most of the events take place close to the Zona Rosa, the city’s best, safest, and most fun gayborhood!
Mexico City’s best gay bars are located within a short walking distance of all the best hotels in the popular Zona Rosa.
NH Collection Mexico City Reforma 4 Star
Suites Berna 12
Room Mate Valentina 4 Star
Hotel Geneve CD de Mexico 5 Star
Papi Fun Bar
BB SHOW BAR
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Conveniently, the best hotels are all located within easy walking distance of the Zona Rosa, the popular gay neighborhood with tourists and locals in the city!
The historic décor of this grand old hotel includes antiques and works of art. Located in the heart of Zona Rosa, the Geneve tops many lists of LGBT-friendly hotels in CDMX.
Join Shanghai’s hottest men at the HEAVEN Dragon Boat Festival gay dance festival, presented by ANGEL Shanghai’s creative team, featuring superstar guest DJ’s and some of the best-looking party crowds in Asia.
The Dragon Boat Festival is a national festival, but the LGBTQ community has adopted it as a sort of gay Valentine’s Day because one theory is that the hero behind the legend died not for his country but love for the king.
The Heaven Summer Dragon Boat Festival is the summer edition of the quarterly circuit parties hosted by Angel Events Shanghai mainly at Icon with house, tribal, techno and dance music.
The gay scene in Shanghai changes quickly, and there is no particular ‘gay district’. A few well-established gay venues can be found in the Old French Concession area – Shanghai’s richest and most vibrant neighborhoods.
The French Concession is west of the historic Old City and Bund areas, and south of the dynamic Jingan neighborhood. Most are along blocks either on or near the neighborhood’s main east-west drag, Huaihai Zhong Lu.
New Boo Bar
Twelve at Hengshan
Xujiahui Park Hotel
@ Gallery Suites Hotel
Video highlights from previous HEAVEN 2016
We recommend that you find a hotel in the Old French Concession area. Its close to all the gay bars and clubs and is just a short journey from the waterfront districts and the lively Bund area.
There is a gym onsite, and a tasty breakfast buffet is served daily at The Lounge.
Each year during the Sunday of Pride Maspalomas, the Hotel Axel Beach becomes the Home for bears and admierers for the annual “Wet & Hairy” Pool party!
The annual pool party, Wet & Hairy is brought to you by the people behind the very successful “Bear Carnival” which takes place in Maspalomas every March.
Tickets cost EUR 10 in advance. The party includes free access to the Sauna and the Jacuzzi plus a giant slide for those wishing to make a splash in the pool!
International and local DJs will pump up the volume all afternoon as the hottest bears and chasers dance during what is one of the Island’s biggest gay events.
Don’t Miss! Last time the fun in the Sauna was so hot, people were queuing just to get in! The Jacuzzi is also a must.
Maspalomas in Gran Canaria is bigger the you think, you need your hotel to be in Playa del ingles, which is where the Yumbo centre is located, we have found some hotels for you that are right next to the Yumbo, Neptuno Gran, Apart hotel Buenos Aires, Playa Del Sol hotel, we have more hotels for you to choose from below.
Over 32 gay bars all in the same area, so we have chosen Hotels close to the gay bars that have high reviews on booking.com our hotel partner .
AxelBeach 3 Star
Sol Barbacan 4 Star
Neptuno 4 Star
Aparthotel Buenos Aires 2 Star
Terry Show Bar
Sparkles Show Bar
Ricky's Cabaret Bar
Pilsbar Na Und Bar
Mauu Bar Cafe
Gran Café Latino
Coco Loco Bar
Chez Funny Boy's
Bärenhöhle (Bear Cave)
Bear Carnival 2015 presentation
The Yumbo centre is the heart of gay nightlife in Maspalomas. We recommend you stay close to this area and use the shuttle buses or taxis to get to the gay beach.
Sol Barbacan offers a buffet restaurant and an a la carte restaurant, as well as a pool bar, swimming pool, 2 hot tubs free WiFi.
Benidorm Pink Weekend – Edition 8 is a 72-hour party. A long weekend break in the famous Spanish resort in the heart of the Costa Blanca in the Valencia Region with a great line up of live acts and DJ´s direct from the free open air stage in the heart of the gay village.
Enjoy special “pink” themed nights in 20+ bars, plus nibbles on the “Ruta de Vinos y Tapas” (Wine & Tapas Route), ensuring you of a mad and messy weekend that will not cost a packet.
The gay scene in Benidrom is centered around a number of walking streets in Benidorm’s Old Town.There are a wide variety of small bars that cater to all tastes, from outrageously funny drag shows to exclusively male cruise bars with dark rooms.
Hotel Queens 2 Star
Hotel Centro Mar 3 Star
Hotel Roca-Mar 3 Star
Mardi Gras Benidorm
The Intimate Bar
Warm Up 4
Royal Queens Bar
Highlights of Benidorm Pink Weekend
We have selected the top hotels located close to the old town, where the gay village is located. All are within easy walking distance to the bars and clubs.
Well-located for gay travellers, the Roca-Mar is literally just a few steps from Sensations gay bar, Lovers pub and other gay venues in the Old Town.
Amsterdam, the lively city and Capital of Holland, will be the heart of Amsterdam Fetish Pride in 2017. The capital of Holland has been a cultural and creative center for centuries. It is its people that have made the city unique; Amsterdam is very lively and energetic. Its inhabitants are known for their friendly, tolerant and cosmopolitan nature.
Amsterdam’s fetish party INVASION, is heading up to it’s next edition during Fetish Pride Amsterdam 2017 on Saturday 27th May 2017. A great industrial location at NDSM Dock. Swing on the huge dance floor and have a great view over NDSM Dock and the water at this unique location swimming on the water.
The event will include Mr. Rubber Netherlands 2017 election, live shows, dancers, performers and much more!
Club Church will be hosting regular nightly parties including, Golden Shower Party, Bleu Fetish, (Z)onderbroek, the hugely popular Ladz and S.O.S. – Sex on Sunday.
The Amsterdam gay scene is constantly changing with bars opening and closing all the time. The Regulierswarstraat has seen a resurgence of late with many new bars opening. The sex and cruising bars are close to Dam square.
Highlights of Amsterdam Fetish Pride
Amsterdam is quite compact and is very easy to navigate on foot (just watch out for the bicycles). The main gay areas are in the centre and are within easy walk to most of the hotels below.
This 5 star hotel offers luxurious accommodation along the Amstel River, in the heart of the city. Offering a fitness area, spa and a waterside terrace.
Each room in this 4 star Amsterdam city centre hotel has a flat-screen TV, Nespresso machine, a rain shower and a bathrobes and free Wi-Fi.
Offering rooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV, this 4 star hotel is just a 5 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station and is fully air conditioned.
Hotel Eureka is 3 star hotel set in a monumental building decorated with flowers and overlooking the Amstel river with coffee/tea making facilities
Coinciding with the year Madrid organizes the World Pride 2017, the 9th edition of the International Mr. Gay World pageant will be held in Spain. The venues chosen are Madrid and Maspalomas, on the island of Gran Canaria, that 5 to May 10 will host various events.
From 5 to 7 May representatives from five continents will visit the city of Madrid, and from 8 to May 10 will move to Gran Canaria (Maspalomas), where the Grand Final Gala will be held within the celebrations of Maspalomas Gay Pride, in collaboration with Freedom, association organizing the event, along with the city of San Bartolome de Tirajana, on the main stage of the legendary Yumbo Center.
Most of the gay bars in Madrid are located in Chueca, the city’s gay village and epicentre of all Spanish gay life. Hotels here fill up fast, so book well in advance, especially for key events.
Highlights of International Mr. Gay World pageant.
If you can, try and get a hotel as close to Chueca as possible, right near all of the gay bars and clubs. Madrid has some stunning designer hotels especially along Gran Via.
Central location in a historic building, with a pretty central courtyard and fountain.
Design hotel offers a rooftop terrace with a stylish bar and spectacular views .
Right in the heart of the gay area of Chueca, perfect location.
Ideal location on Madrid’s central Gran Vía and free Wi-Fi internet
Where will you be heading this Easter? Barcelona and Brussels battle it out with Easter celebrations and circuit parties to kick start the Spring Season in Europe!
Maspalomas Pride takes place each year in May. Although the dates change annually, the event has become one of Europe’s biggest Pride celebrations.
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