Since the 1990s Lisbon (Lisboa) became one of the new hot spots for travellers in Europe. It was European Capital of Culture in 1994, in 1998 the World Expo was held in Lisbon and in 2004 the European Football Championship. Vivid, small and steep historical streets, modernised areas, extensive nightlife till early morning, a fresh breeze from the sea even in hot summers make Lisbon a pleasant place for relaxing, sightseeing and going out altogether.
Lisbon's gay scene also became very European. Especially in the Príncipe Real area and in the old Bairro Alto quarter you can find a very visible gay life at night. In Bairro Alto it is pleasantly difficult to say which bars and clubs are gay or gay-friendly or hetero-friendly or whatever.