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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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Travel Tuesday: South West France

Should you be adding this destination to your travel wish-list?

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Biarritz, France (image published via Pixabay)
Biarritz, France (image published via Pixabay)

By Lionel Hierso — LH Travel Designer
In today’s Travel Tuesday destination guide, we take a look at the South West region of France.

When to go
The South of France is a region where you can go all year long. From the ocean to the inland, you can really enjoy discovering this amazing part of France.

Dating
The main cities of this region are Bordeaux, Toulouse, Bayonne, Carcassone, Arcachon, Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Albi, Hossegor, Pau, Anglet, and Montauban. All of these main cities are gay friendly, and you can easily find gay bars, saunas, night clubs, cruising, restaurants, and naturist beaches.

This region also has one of France’s only gay hotels — Le Stelsia is a stunning resort in the Lot et Garonne area. Perfect for a romantic mini-break.

Accommodation
One of the main place to visit the south oust of France is the Lot et Garonne, not far from Bordeaux and Toulouse. I recommend to stay at the stunning gay-friendly hotel Le Stelsia. You can have a stunning double room including breakfast with access to the spa, swimming pool and two amazing restaurants including Michelin star gastronomic cuisine.

I can also recommend The Radisson and l’hotel du Palais in Biarritz, a stunning city close to the Spanish border.

All the hotels in this region are gay friendly.

Food
All over France you can find very good food, but especially in the south west region.

Here are the top 10 traditional food of the region.

  • Fois gras
  • Salade du sud oust
  • Le jambon de Bayonne
  • Le Pate de pomme de terre (potato pie)
  • Les truffes (very rare mushrooms)
  • Magert de Canard (duck speciality)
  • La piperade (marinated chicken with tomato sauce)
  • La garbure landaise (duck with potatoes and vegetables)
  • Axoa (mince marinated in tomato sauce and potato cake)
  • La lamproie a la bordelaise (local fish with jambon de Bayonne and chocolate)

You can ask for these specialities in all local restaurants

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🥘🍽️✔️Calories: 525 kcal P: 38g – G: 48g – L: 20g 🏋️🧘👙 ~ Taboulé sucré/salé de magret de canard ~ Ingrédients : 100g de magret de canard, 40g de semoule de blé (en cru), 20g de pois chiches, 5 tomates cerises, 1 datte, 10g d'amandes effilées grillées, 1 carré frais, 1 càs d'huile d'olive, 1càs de vinaigre balsamique, 1 càc de miel, du basilic. ~ Je dispose ma semoule dans un plat et je verse 60 ml d'eau bouillante additionnée de sel sur ma semoule. Je la couvre d'un torchon humide et je la laisse gonfler 15 min. Je quadrille la peau de mon magret de canard et je le cuis à la poêle, d'abord côté peau puis ensuite de l'autre côté. Je prépare l'assaisonnement de mon taboulé : je coupe mes tomates cerises en deux, je les place dans un ramequin avec l'huile d'olive, le vinaigre balsamique et le miel. Je cuis 1 min au micro-ondes et je verse sur ma semoule. J'ajoute la datte coupée en petits morceaux, les pois chiches et le basilic ciselé. Je mélange bien mon taboulé et je le parsème d'amandes effilées grillées à la poêle et du carré frais. Je sers mon taboulé, bien frais, avec le magret de canard 😋. Je sais pas vous, mais j'adore le sucré salé ! Cette recette a éveillé toutes mes papilles !! 😍😊 _________________________ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . Partagez moi aussi vos bonnes recettes saines et gourmandes et faites en profiter tout le monde avec le #ladietetiquerie 😉. . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _________________________ Consultations diététiques à votre domicile & préparation de vos repas, analyses de vos habitudes alimentaires & programmes nutritionnels personnalisés, coaching à distance. _________________________ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ .

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What to do

  • Mini cruises (standard or private)
  • Water sports
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Naturists sites (Les Manoques, Le Clos Barrat, Domaine Laborde)
  • Food tours and cuisine courses
  • Water and theme parks
  • Visit stunning monuments and castles
  • Visit the most famous vineyards
  • Surfing
  • Skiing
  • Bike rides
  • Horse rides

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

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