Gay Greece.

What's it really like?

Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, its history spanning from the glory days of ancient Greece to the present. The sight of the Parthenon perched on top of the Acropolis has dominated the city’s skyline for thousands of years and continues to be one of the most iconic views in the world.

It’s in one of these more modern areas that you’ll find Gazi, the trendy post-industrial neighborhood that serves as Athens’s main gay hub. In Gazi, you’ll find everything from gritty basement bars to relaxed terraces, with gay bars and nightclubs in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges.

Mykonos is one of the most iconic gay destinations in the world, on par with similar summer party hotspots like Gran CanariaSitges, or Tel Aviv. Every summer, this Greek island becomes a gay paradise, welcoming hot gay guys by the thousands who come to enjoy sun, sea, drinks, dance, and – of course – other hot gay guys.

But the Greek islands are not all about partying. There is an island to tick every box of beautiful island cliches: think whitewashed houses covered in bright pink flowers, clear blue seas lapping onto golden shores, and breathtaking sunsets. Santorini is known as one of the most romantic destinations in the world, famous for its glorious sunsets, white-domed cliffside villages, and breathtaking landscapes. It’s quite simply one of the most beautiful places in Southern Europe, and there is perhaps nowhere better for a romantic getaway.


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Gays and the Law

Greece is one of the most progressive countries in Southeast Europe when it comes to gay rights. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1951, gay marriage since 2015, and its hate speech and hate crime legislation is among the most comprehensive in all of Europe.

The country is a popular LGBT destination thanks to famous gay island getaways like Mykonos and Lesbos (for the ladies). This has helped create a welcoming environment for gay visitors throughout the country, especially in large cities like Athens.

That said, Greek society has less of an “out and proud” attitude than others, so you may raise a couple of eyebrows with public displays of affection outside of the immediate gay and tourist areas. Relax and be yourself, but be mindful when in more local areas if you want to avoid attracting attention, especially when surrounded by an older crowd.

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