Mykonos is one of the most iconic gay destinations in the world, on par with similar summer party hotspots like Gran Canaria, Sitges, 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 Mykonos not all about the partying. The island is stunningly beautiful, ticking every box of beautiful Greek island cliches: think whitewashed houses covered in bright pink flowers, clear blue seas lapping onto golden shores, and breathtaking sunsets. As one of Greece’s most popular destinations, it is both incredibly touristy and incredibly convenient, with all the shopping, eating, and drinking you could possibly want condensed into one easy-to-travel island.
Like much of Greece, Mykonos comes alive in the summer. During the scorching hot months of July and August, it fills up with not only gay guys, but families, couples, and groups of friends looking for some fun in the sun. However, in August, the island hosts XLSIOR festival, a gay celebration during which you may feel that the gays do actually outnumber everyone else – after all, there’s about 30,000 of them.
All accommodation in Mykonos is gay-friendly, as the island is one of the world’s hottest gay destinations. That said, there are a couple of gay-only hotels and resorts in Mykonos. Elysium just south of the main town is a beautiful and modern option, which also has a stunning sunset terrace bar – a popular gay spot in itself.
Most gay travelers opt to stay in Chora, the island’s main town and home to most of Mykonos’s gay nightlife. For real beach hotspots, Elia Beach and Super Paradise Beach are also very popular with gay visitors.
Greece is a relatively progressive country when it comes to LGBT rights. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal, as is any form of hate speech and hate crime. However, as a traditionally religious and conservative country, it does lag behind the rest of Europe in terms of social acceptance of homosexuality and visibility of gay issues.
In most places in Greece, it would be advisable for you to be careful and discreet to avoid any hassle. However, Mykonos is internationally known for its gay culture and hedonistic party scene, so it is the exception. Gay people on the island will not raise any eyebrows, and you can generally feel comfortable and safe here.
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