Posted on Last updated: August 4, 2021 Categories Czech RepublicEurope J – Z
Since the 1990’s tourism has been booming here – gay or otherwise – and it’s not hard to see why. Centuries of history, a beauty that rivals that of Paris, some of the world’s best beer (at some of the world’s best prices) and an epic nightlife scene that would have you believe they are celebrating the fall of communism still – every, single, night! The gay community in Prague is the biggest and most vibrant in ex-communist Europe, bolder, brighter and more fabulously queer than TallinnKrakow or even Budapest. Honestly, Prague would even be a contender for offering one of the biggest gay scenes in the world!
Gay Prague punches far above its weight and honestly, it kind of took us by surprise – like the unexpected gay scenes of IstanbulBogota Sure, we somehow just knew that Prague would be full of BDSM sex-dungeons and all-night gay dance parties, but the refined cocktail bars like Dandy (whose sexy bartenders are worth stopping by for alone) and almost post-gay cafes such as The Bourgeois Pig took us by complete surprise. Czech society is tolerant and largely atheist, and an average gay traveler here should not expect any discrimination above and beyond that of other major European cities. Even better – the Czech Republic is currently discussing repealing a ban on same-sex marriage and we were pleasantly surprised to learn recent polls showed 75 percent of people here now believe that same-sex couples should be able to marry. Halleloo!
If you’re wondering the best time to visit Gay Prague we would humbly suggest August timed with the fabulous Prague Pride, a summertime week filled with culture, entertainment and tolerance ended with the largest pride in the Central and Eastern Europe. There is really no bad time to visit however as the glory of Charles Bridge in the twilight, the millennium-old caste on the hill and twisting maze of cobbled laneways and quiet courtyards in Prague’s Old Town will always be waiting. No matter where your interests lie – excessive hedonistic nightlife, old-world culture, luxury hotels, gratifying food, tranquil cafes or all those adorable Czech boys – Gay Prague has something for you!
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Portugal is the most gay friendly country in the world: how much does it cost to live in a gay neighbourhood there?
Portugal was voted the world’s most gay friendly destination (alongside Sweden and Canada), according to the Spartacus International Gay Guide Index 2019. Advances in equality laws in Portugal have placed the country at the head of the table for the best destinations for the LGBTI+ community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex), although there is still a lot of ground to cover. Lisbon is the main gay centre in Portugal, with some of the most inclusive neighbourhoods in the country – Arroios and Misericórdia are the more popular gay parishes, or freguesias, in the capital. So, how much does it cost to buy or rent a house in the gay neighbourhoods of Lisbon? idealista/news went looking for answers.
João Passos, manager of the „Lisboa Pride – homes for everyone“ project, and real estate consultant at Remax for the last 10 years, „doesn’t see any major changes in the city of Lisbon“ as far as the favourite LGBTI+ areas to live in.
„The area of Príncipe Real (Misericórida) continues to be the LGBTI+ area par excellence (with surrounding areas included, such as Santa Catarina and Bairro Alto), and the Almirante Reis (Intendente, Bairro das Colónias, ChilE- Freguesia de Arroios) is a growing area thanks to lower prices and access to the metro (green line, direct to Baixa/Chiado),“ he explained to idealista/news.
The real estate specialist also added that it is in the Almirante Reis axis that „a good part of the LGBTI+ community from other countries, especially Brazil, is focussed in Lisbon.“
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How much does it cost to buy or rent in the rainbow areas of the capital?
Housing prices in the Portuguese capital are getting higher and higher. The latest local Housing Price Statistics, released in May by the National Statistics Institute (Instituto Nacional de Estatística or INE), presented Lisbon as the most expensive city in Portugal to buy a house. The median price in the municipality was set at 3,010 euros per square metre, or 280 euros per square foot, with three parishes exceeding 4,000 euros/m2 (372 euros/sq ft): the parish of Santo António (4,568 euros/m2 or 424 euros/sq ft), which includes Avenida da Liberdade; Santa Maria Maior (4,297 euros/m2 or 399 euros/sq ft), which includes Chiado and Misericórdia (4,126 euros/m2 or 383 euros/sq ft) – one of the faves of the LGBTI+ community. In Arroios (another LGBTI+ friendly area), prices were set at 3,000 euros/m2, or 279 euros/sq ft.
idealista/news wanted to know how much it costs to buy or rent a house with one or two rooms in the gay areas of Misericórdia and Arroios. According to info provided by idealista/data – correct as of the date of publication of this article – to rent a T1 (one-bedroom home) in Arroios can cost an average of 925 euros per month. A T2 house is more expensive – it will take about 1,300 euros per month on average. What about buying? A house with 1 room costs an average of 240,000 euros, whereas for a T2 home the average values rise to 315,000 euros.
The parish of Misericórdia presents higher values when compared with Arroios. Renting a 1-bed apartment in Misericórdia could cost about 960 per month. The average rental price for a house with two bedrooms is about 1,600 euros a month. Buying a house will set you back few euros more. A house with one bedroom costs an average of 510,800 euros, while the average price of a T2 is around 615,000 euros.
The new house of diversity being built in arroios
Arroios is considered the most multicultural freguesia in Lisbon, where about 92 nationalities coexist peacefully. It is in this area that the House of Diversity is to be built, a space that will host the future Municipal LGBTI+ Centre and Municipal Centre for Interculturality, which promises to be a support centre for communities and minorities in the fight against discrimination and violence.
The project – with the support of the Lisbon City Hall – will be installed in the Mercado do Forno do Tijolo and should be completed in 2020/2021.
Portugal is a top destination for lgbti travellers
Portugal was elected the most hospitable destination in the world for the LGBTI community, sharing first place in the ranking with Canada and Sweden, according to the Spartacus International Gay Guide Index 2019. The data show that, between 2018 and 2019, Portugal jumped to the top of the table, climbing 27 positions.
The index ranked 197 countries based on 14 criteria, including anti-discrimination laws, marriage and partnerships, adoption, transgender rights and persecution of LGBTI+ people.
The situation for LGBTI+ tourists in Brazil, Germany and the USA has worsened. In both Brazil and the US, right-wing conservative governments have introduced initiatives to revoke past LGBTI+ rights. „These actions have led to an increase in homophobic and transphobic violence,“ the study says. There was also an increase in violence against LGBTI+ people in Germany, which fell from 3rd place to 23rd.
Some of the most dangerous countries for LGBTI+ people to travel to remain Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia and the Russian Republic of Chechnya – the last in the table – where gay people are tortured, imprisoned and even killed.
The social climate in portugal is still homophobic
Despite the advances in the law and the country being internationally recognised as an LGBTI+ friendly country, „the social climate in Portugal is still homophobic and transphobic“, according to statements from ILGA Portugal (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Intervention), to the Lusa associated press about the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia that on 17th May.
The association took advantage of the date to release the second follow-up report to the Council of Europe recommendation for the adoption of measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, highlighting the facts that no assessment of the impact of the legislation on the LGBTI+ community has been made and that Portugal does not collect data on the experiences of these people, including crimes, despite the „constant demands“ from various organisations.
In the report, ILGA recommended a revision to article 13 of the Portuguese Constitution – the Principle of Equality – because it only explicitly mentions the issue of sexual orientation, whereas the association believes that gender identity, gender expression and sexual characteristics should also be made explicit in the law.
Lgbti+ pride march comes to lisbon
The capital dressed up in rainbow colours on Saturday 22nd June 2019 to mark the defence of equality and freedom in sexual orientation and gender identity, in what is considered to be Pride month in many cities around the world.
The streets of the capital were filled with colour again on 29th June 2019 for the second edition of Lisbon’s LGBTI+ Pride March. This Saturday 6th July 2019, it will be Madrid’s turn to celebrate Gay Pride, and idealista will be there proudly flying the rainbow flag from their parade float at the pro-diversity demonstration.
Attractions in gay prague
Obviously being gay does not define which attraction most of us will want to see in each city and most queer travelers will simply want to check out the top things to see in Prague during the day! Prague is a very safe city but still, all travelers should take caution crowded areas or at night in bars with valuables.
There is so much to do in this gorgeous city – but we found our favorite memories were just sitting and drinking coffee watching the world go by, getting lost in the beautiful Old Town or dancing away the night with new friends in one of the cities many gay bars.
If you have the time you might consider hiring a car to check out the beautiful surrounding small towns and countryside, though you hardly run the risk of getting bored no matter how long you stay in Prague.
You can’t throw a stone in this city without hitting something gothic and historic – but still, it helps to have some kind of idea what is going on, so here are our just a few of our favorite things to do in Prague that you should not miss!
Gay-friendly and gay hotels in prague
In Prague, you would be hard-pressed to find an upscale hotel which had any issues with gay guests but discretion is advised in small, owner-operated hotels in this still sometimes conservative society.
Some Prague hotels are more popular with queer travelers due to their location and inclusive environment or vibe, which are featured here since there are no exclusively gay hotels in Prague…yet!
Each hotel and area offer something very specific, so be sure to choose the right style and location to meet your needs. Prices are cheap compared to North American and Western European hotels (thought quickly rising) and standards are high – so it’s a great place to splurge!
Of course, there are also hundred’s more hotel and hostel options in Prague if none of these suit your desired budget, facilities or area – but these are the best hotels according to us and other gay travelers.
Gay bars and gay clubs in prague
Prague is increasingly getting a reputation as one of the best gay-party cities in Europe, as it’s nightlife is up there with some of our other favorite ‘up-and-coming’ gaycation spots: OrlandoMedellinTaipei and Glasgow.
Needless to say in Gay Prague you can find almost every type of nightlife imaginable from hipster cocktail bars, bohemian cafes to underground drag-pubs and all-night gay dance events. There is a ridiculous amount of Prague gay bars to choose from mostly located around in the Vinohrady gay district, close to Náměstí Míru metro station (but some are located in other places so be sure to check out our helpful Gay Prague Map).
The gay club scene in Prague is always changing and it seems some places open just as quickly as they close so check websites and Facebook pages before heading out and contact us if you think we need to add or remove anything.
While Prague might be the most liberal city in the Czech Republic, open displays of affection outside of gay bars can lead to trouble. Also, watch out for hustlers and don’t take any valuables with you if you can help it – and watch all of your belonging in the back-rooms of gay bars and clubs (most have them) as pick-pocketing, while you’re focussed elsewhere, is extremely common.
Things are getting better however, many gay bars in Prague are cleaning up their image, increasing security and kicking hustlers out – so just use your common sense and enjoy what is guaranteed to be a crazy fun night out in Gay Prague.
Gay cruising & gay saunas in prague
Those who are interested in the Prague gay sauna scene will not be disappointed, unlike in other Eastern Europe Capitals like Bucharest. In fact, the cruising clubs and gay saunas in Prague are amongst the best in Europe competing with Paris and Brussels. Sadly however many venues are full of attitude so decide carefully where you want to decide – and rent boys in Prague are pervasive here. We recommend Sauna Babylonia, Drakes Club, and Alcatraz to avoid the worst of this and to read our first-time gay sauna guide if you want to know what to expect! In any case, your experience in the gay sauna of Prague will really depend on timing with the afternoons on weekends being the most popular time, since almost all the gay clubs in Prague have their own darkroom there is no need to leave…
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