Gay Athens: What you should know!

Athens is surely one of the most gay friendly destinations in Europe. Even though the Greek Religion influenced greatly the Greek society, the last years the locals have become more open-minded and friendly! Even though you are not allowed to get married in Greece, many hotels and venues are pleased to help you organize symbolic wedding ceremonies and exchanges of vows. Seeing Gay & Lesbian people expressing their love in public is a very rare sight, so you should be ready to face some curious looks and bizzare comments. Nevertheless, discrimination attacks against the LGBT community are very uncommon. Concluding, Athens is a highly recommended destination for gay & lesbian travelers who are seeking for an exciting city break!

There are many characteristics that make Athens an appealing destination for every gay traveler. For example its vivid and organized gay nightlife attracts many people worldwide. It features a liberal character and its locals are very friendly and social! There are various types of entertainment for any type of person. It’s a city withgreat historical value. It is easily connected to other Greek gay destinations such as Mykonos and Santorini.


Gay Areas

Athens is a city with a highly organised gay nightlife. The most renowed gay hotspots in Athens are:

  • Gazi area: Gazi is the nearby neighborhood in Keramikos station which is also known as the gay village of Athens. In Gazi you may find the most popular gay clubs of Athens such as Sodade and Shamone as well as gay saunas like the Alexander’s sauna. Moreover in the broader area, you can find numerous bars, cafes and restaurants featuring a very friendly attitude and the famous Technopolis an industrial venue which hosts popular festivals, concerts and art exhibitions.
  • St. Irene’s square: Very close to Monastiraki station, you may find the vivid Aiolou pedestrian street with plenty choices for shopping and entertainment. There you will also find St. Irene’s square where many gay-friendly cafes and bars are situated. The most central and the most famous gay cafe is called “Rooster” which is open all day long. If you are looking for some extra fun, Flex sauna is nearby.

Gay Events

There is a decent diversity of gay events and festival that take place in Athens. The most famous ones are:

  • Outview
  • Athens Pride

Athens — Epidaurus Festival and Antiracist festival aren’t exclusively for the LGBT audience but they are very famous too!

Gay Beaches

There are only two beaches near Athens that attract the most gay people. In about 30' by car, you can reach the rocky beach between Vouliagmeni and Varkiza, Limanakia, which is the most popular nudist beach in Athens, attracting many gay men, locals and visitors.Limanakia actually is considered as one of the most famous gay beaches in Greece. Mavro Lithari beach is also a beach that attracts gay men, due to the cruises, but it’s not highly recommended because the waters of that beach are not deemed healthy to swim!

Gay Dating

The most famous gay online meeting platforms and applications are:

  • Grindr
  • PlanetRomeo
  • Scruff


Gay Families

Athens is a beautiful place and the majority of its locals are very friendly and kind! Same sex adoption and marriage are still too modern to be accepted by the locals but the attitude is not that negative to result in mean behaviors! Even though the criminal rate of Athens has increased greatly over the past few years, it still remains one of the safest capitals in Europe! So it consists a very good option to spend your holidays with your family!

Gay Single Travellers

Greece is a country which is quite famous for its good quality of entertainment. Athens is the capital and the biggest city in Greece and features the most organised gay life in the whole country! There are many kinds of activities for every type of traveler! Most of the locals are very friendly and social and that makes it a lot easier to meet new people. And if you are the shy type one, you can meet many people through the online gay chatting platforms and applications which are used by the majority of the LGBT community!

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