Gay Group Trip: Portugal And Morocco Explorer
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Unfortunately, Morocco criminalises same-sex sexual activity between men and between women. LGBTQ+ individuals are also urged to practice discretion and avoid public displays of affection. While the climate is gradually becoming more accepting, especially in cosmopolitan cities, there have been sporadic crackdowns and arrests in recent years.
Overall, Morocco lacks progressiveness on LGBTQ+ rights compared to other destinations, though luxury hospitality businesses make efforts to welcome gay travelers. At Out Of Office, we only work with resorts and hotels that we know are inclusive and welcoming.
We’ll meet at our hotel near the Douro Valley at 4pm and explore the colourful city of Porto. It is indeed the native home of port and the culinary heart of Portugal. A local guide will take us on a food and drink tour and introduce us to the finest port and Francesinhas in town.
Porto is surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Douro Valley. We’ll take a train trip and explore the region’s stunning landscapes. Discover the vineyards, explore the surroundings by foot or bike and drink the finest port in town in the main square.
It’s a three-hour train ride from Porto to Lisbon. Enjoy the stunning scenery on the way. Situated along the Tagus River, Lisbon is full of charm and character. It’s the next “it” destination in Europe. Now is the best time to discover it’s faded charm before it becomes gentrified – Madonna moved to Lisbon so it must be on-trend. It’s full of charming streets, quaint bars and dreamy fado clubs.
Sintra is just thirty minutes from Lisbon and it’s a must-see when you’re in town. We’ll visit the hilltop castles, explore the cobblestone streets and try one of the famous and mandatory custard tarts. Naturally, we’ll also spend an evening at a fado club and discover Portugal’s famed melancholy sounds. If you still have some energy we’ll also explore the city’s nightlife.
It’s just a short flight from Portugal to Marrakech and you’ll be transported into a different world. Marrakech is full of energy and charm. You’ll see snake charmers in the market places, donkeys pulling carts through the streets and hear the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer several times a day. Among the souks you’ll find splendid palaces and gardens. Don’t forget to try the strong green tea.
This city is full of contradictions. It’s traditionalist yet liberal and modern. The people are very welcoming. We’ll explore the city with a local guide, join a cooking class, visit the YSL Museum and haggle for your life at a hammam.
Ranged along the coast of North Africa and beyond, the Atlas Mountains are a sight to behold. It takes just a couple of hours to get to the mud-brick homes and precipitous villages. We’ll go for a hike, have tea in a local home, visit local craft stores and take in the majesty of the surrounding mountains. After exploring we’ll take a trip to Richard Branson’s famous and luxurious estate. In the evening we’ll return to Marrakech for a farewell dinner.
Today you’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flight. We can of course extend your trip so you can explore more of this fascinating country. There are so many more amazing places to see, like the former gay mecca of Tangiers and Chefchaouen, Morocco’s stunning blue city.
We want to ensure you have the best experience with us so we’ll keep working on your itinerary until perfect. You will have your own personal dedicated member of our team who will help build the perfect trip for you.
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