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.
In the past few years, Santorini has also become a playground for the rich and famous, from Instagram influencers to Hollywood stars. This means there is an abundance of amazing bars, clubs, and restaurants to be found in its main towns of Fira and Oia – although you should be ready to burn some cash to join in the fun.
For budget travelers, there are more low-key bars and tavernas to enjoy, as well as spectacular nature hikes, quiet remote beaches, and unique archeology. Just make sure to book accommodation well in advance, especially if you are planning to be there in the summer peak season.
In Santorini, both gay and straight visitors are welcomed with open arms. However, there is not a gay scene on the island. It’s a wonderful place to come with a loved one or even with friends, but if you’re looking to meet your new Greek fling then you’re better off heading to Mykonos. The great thing about traveling in Greece is that this is fairly easy to do. Spend a few days enjoying the beauty and luxury lifestyle of Santorini, then take a ferry to Mykonos for gay partying – it’s the best of both worlds.
On Santorini, it’s all about the caldera views. The island was once home to one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, which created its unique shape. Tall cliffs line the edge of the main island, encircling the caldera (lagoon) formed by the volcano. The sunset over the Santorini caldera is one of the most famous in the world, and people from all over flock to see it. Hotels have wised up to this, so most hotels offer private terraces with sunset views – that said, look out for those with extra perks, like outdoor jacuzzis and hot tubs facing the view, for something truly special
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 on these islands and in large cities like Athens.
Santorini isn’t as gay as Mykonos, but it’s still an island that depends almost exclusively on tourism, so gay lovebirds are just as welcome as straight ones. All hotels are gay-friendly and you are unlikely to attract any attention with public displays of affection.
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