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If you’re looking for some travel inspiration, is Hungary in the mix? The city of Budapest is making its case as to why it should be at the top of your wish-list.

I caught up with Zsolt Erdei, President of the Humen Travel Touristic Association, for a behind-the-scenes look at the Pink Budapest campaign.

What was the inspiration for this campaign?

Budapest is a really wonderful city in the heart of Europe. The cultural scene, the gastronomy, the thermal baths, the nightlife are all amazing facets of our capital. Budapest is a sexy city for everyone, and we’d really like to share our city with the LGBT community of the world. Come to Budapest and enjoy your time here, because Budapest loves you!

Which geographies are you targeting with this campaign?

In this first year, we’re focusing on European countries like the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, and Italy, as well as the United States.

Next year we’ll start the next phase of the project, focusing on the Asian market — China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Japan.

What’s the reaction to the campaign been like from tourism providers in Hungary?

The overall response has been positive, both from tourism professionals and the broader public.

The Hungarian Tourism Board and the Budapest Tourist Office have both congratulated us on the video.

How will you measure the success of the campaign?

In the first six days, more than 13,000 people have watched our video on YouTube and our website has also received a higher number of visitors. Our Instagram and Facebook pages have also had a noticeable increase in followers.

Are there plans for more campaigns and marketing focused on the LGBTQ travel segment?

We’ll start the social media campaign soon, and other activities will follow this summer and autumn. We have a lot of ideas, but we’re still testing the waters and contemplating the possibilities.

See more information about how Budapest is welcoming LGBTQ tourism

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Travel Tuesday: Faro and Algarve

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The beaches of Faro and Algarve (image published via Pixabay)
The beaches of Faro and Algarve (image published via Pixabay)

By Lionel Hierso - LH Travel Designer

In today’s Travel Tuesday destination guide, we take a look at Faro and Algarve in Portugal.

When to go

The Algarve is one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal. Very friendly but also very gay friendly. The best time to go there is between April and November when you can have really nice temperatures. This region is known for its Atlantic beaches and golf resorts. Discover fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves, and the central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars and restaurants.

Dating

Faro and its surrounding area offers loads of possibilities to meet people. You have the choice of bars and dance clubs around Faro. After Lisbon and Porto, Faro is without a doubt the new gay destination to discover in Portugal.

  • Zablucha, Cupido and Afrodite (sex shops)
  • Prestige dance club
  • Connection bar
  • The loft gay bar
  • Heaven club

If you enjoy being naked and enjoy an all-over tan, the following gay nudist beaches are the perfect places to also meet new friends and enjoy yourself!

Clothing-optional beaches around Faro:

  • Praia Grande
  • Praira do cavalota Preto
  • Praia do Submarino
  • Manta Rora

Unofficial nudist beaches:

  • Praia Da Bordeira
  • Praia do Beliche
  • Praia Cabana Velhas
  • Praia Das Furnas
  • Praia Do Zavial
  • Praia Dos Pinheiros and Meia Praia in Lagos
  • Praia Do Trafal
  • Praia Da Futeza
  • Praia De Ancao reached by boat from Sitio da Fabrica in Vila Real de Santo
  • Antonio just west from Monte Gordo

Accommodation

In terms of accommodation in Faro, I would strongly recommend the Pine Cliff Resort. I had the chance to stay there for a couple of days last year and I really enjoyed it. This amazing resort is very well situated in the Algarve. The resort is what I would call an affordable luxury resort. With your other half or a group of friends, the Pine Cliff offers standard rooms but also townhouses, standard villas, deluxe villas with private pool, suites and penthouses, and golf suites. Your private transfer and breakfast is included and you can also request a private cook. The resort also organises cooking classes. There’s also a private beach, and of course a swimming pool and spa. Experience the Pine Cliff you won’t regret it!

Pine Cliff Resort, Faro (image supplied)
Pine Cliff Resort, Faro (image supplied)
Pine Cliff Resort, Faro (image supplied)

As an alternative, I would also suggest the Thermas Pride Guest House and Spa for men in Albufeira.

Food

Traditional food in Algarve includes:

  • Conquilhas a Algarvia (succulent clams fresh from the sea in a garlic sauce.
  • Cataplana de Marisco (mixed sea food and vegetables)
  • Petiscos de Taberna (Similar to Spanish tapas)
  • Feijoada (bean stew with pork and beans)
  • Dom Rodrigos (Tarts and pastries very popular in Potugal)
  • Leitao (suckling pig smothered in herb and roasted)
  • Caldo verde (succulent soup with potatoes, kale, bacon and sausages)
  • Queijo (local cheese)

Don’t forget to try the Portuguese wine which is one of the best in the world!

Gay restaurants in Algarve:

  • Aperitivo bar (Faro)
  • Cocktail and wine bar Columbus (Faro)

What to do

  • Bus tours
  • Horse riding
  • Kite Surf
  • Surf
  • Diving
  • Yachts and private boats for parties
  • Reef fishing
  • Big game fishing
  • 2-hour boat ride to see the coastline and caves
  • Jeep safaris
  • Karting
  • Museums
  • Theme parks
  • Cooking classes
  • Wine testing
  • Tours
  • Yoga classes

Contact Lionel Hierso - LH Travel Designer to start planning your next expedition or email [email protected]

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