Your gay guide to the Portuguese paradise of Madeira

Founder of Tobi Hughes shares his favorite spots for enjoying this idyllic island

For a small island, Madeira has some major claims to fame.

The smallest of three islands off Portugal’s coast holds the record title for the world’s biggest fireworks show.

Madeira is also home to (arguably) the world’s most attractive football player: Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Atlantic island with a Mediterranean climate is a short hour and a half flight from Lisbon, and with a reputation for world-renowned wines and out of this world landscapes, Madeira has plenty to offer the LGBTI traveler.

Since there is none on the island, Toby Hughes recently launched as an intimate resource for the LGBTI traveler to enjoy the best Madeira has to offer,

Hughes, who’s lived in Madeira for over eight years with his boyfriend, started a personal website gay tourists would visit to learn about the bars, hotels and restaurants in Madeira.

‘I like to help people as much as I can enjoy Madeira, and hope to see many more gay visitors visit this beautiful island,’ Hughes told Gay Star Travel.

‘For the LGBTI traveler I think Madeira has a lot to offer: Beautiful scenery all over the island, great walks out in the country and forests. Madeira is clean, safe and very friendly.’

While Hughes tells us there’s not much of a gay scene, ‘everywhere you go, you’re made to feel welcome’.

Until you decide what your favorite treasures are in Madeira, Hughes offers his preferred eateries, getaways and gay bars.

Favorite gay bar: There are only two on Madeira so feel I need to mention both: Arquipelagos and Molha o Bico

Favorite any bar: Vintage 23 Rua Santa Maria

Favorite dance floor: Copacabana below the casino

Favorite tourist sight: Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in the world at 580 meters

by Jean Paul Zapata
Source – Gay Star News