You must have heard about Mykonos and its wild parties. And you may have dreamed about strolling through the picturesque cobblestone streets of Santorini or indulging in the delicious cuisine of Crete. The good news is that many of the Greek islands offer a safe place for members of the LGBTQQIAAP community to explore, relax, gather, and socialise. Whether you’re the romantic type, a history lover, a foodie, a beach bum, or a party animal, the islands of Greece will have something for you.
Below, check out the top Greek islands for LGBTQQIAAP travellers.
Santorini offers a truly unforgettable experience for any LGBTQQIAAP traveller. This enchanting island along the South Aegean Sea, known for its romantic ambiance, is one of the most gay-friendly places in Greece, making it an ideal destination for the LGBTQQIAAP community. Here, you can relish in the beauty of the caldera and indulge in the mesmerising sunsets that draw visitors from around the world, especially honeymooning couples.
It’s all about the breathtaking caldera views in Santorini. The picturesque island was formed from a volcanic eruption, resulting in its distinct shape. Tall cliffs surround the caldera formed by the volcano on the island’s edge. One of the highlights of your visit to Santorini is seeing the spectacular sunsets the island is renowned for. People worldwide flock to the island to marvel at the gorgeous sunset, especially couples on honeymoon.
As a top tourist destination in Greece, Santorini is home to some of the world’s most luxurious accommodations, including those perched on a cliff with magnificent ocean views. Many of these hotels cater to LGBTQQIAAP travellers and couples and come with upscale amenities, such as outdoor Jacuzzis and hot tubs looking out to stunning views.
Some of the must-dos on your visit to Santorini include exploring the Akrotiri Archaeological Site, strolling through the picturesque whitewashed walkways of Oia, visiting the Ancient Thira, hiking to the rim of the caldera, and enjoying dinner at one of the cliffside restaurants.
As the largest of the Greek islands, Crete is one of the top tourist destinations in Greece. It caters to all kinds of visitors, including LGBTQQIAAP travellers. The island offers everything you need for a holiday, including outstanding accommodations. In fact, you’ll find many incredible villas available in Crete, perfect for those travelling here on their LGBTQQIAAP getaway.
As a top summer destination, Crete has many fantastic beaches that are a hotspot for LGBTQQIAAP travellers. These beaches are perfect for relaxing and admiring the island’s stunning natural scenery. Visit Balos, a hidden lagoon that can easily rival the beaches of the Caribbean. Nestled between rugged headlands, the best way to get here is to take a boat or drive from Chania. If you are feeling adventurous and want to explore, hike the rustic track leading to the town of Kissamos.
For couples looking for a secluded beach to enjoy privacy, you will find many spots around Crete, even during the peak summer season. Check out the Sfakia area, a popular place for gay couples due to its seclusion.
Skiathos may not be as famous as Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, and other Greek islands, but it offers many things for LGBTQQIAAP travellers. The lesser-known island has a delightfully low-key vibe, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a quiet place to relax away from the tourist crowds.
Located in the northwest area of the Aegean Sea, close to the mainland, Skiathos is the smallest inhabited island in the Sporades archipelago. But don’t let its small size fool you. In fact, the island has over 60 beaches and a bustling nightlife scene in Skiathos Town. So, whether you’re here to relax or dance the night away, Skiathos is perfect for a fun filled LGBTQQIAAP getaway.
One thing that makes Skiathos stand out from the other Greek islands is its lush greenery. The island boasts stunning natural landscapes, with many scenic trails taking you to forest-clad hills descending towards the sandy shores.
Aside from the beaches and the hiking trails, Skiathos has a rich culture and tradition, which you’ll discover on a visit to local villages with well-preserved monasteries and ruined structures dating back to the Venetian occupation. Those who prefer an adventure-filled holiday will find plenty of opportunities to indulge in outdoor sports, including diving, mountain biking, and more.
Mykonos often tops the list of the most gay-friendly islands in Greece, making it a top choice for many LGBTQQIAAP travellers. The island offers luxury gay travel experiences suitable for an LGBTQIAAP-friendly break. You can spend your holidays relaxing under the sun, hanging out at the numerous gay-friendly bars and restaurants, and partying with like-minded travellers at some of the island’s fantastic nightlife spots.
No visit to Mykonos is complete without spending time on one of the island’s stunning beaches, boasting crystal-clear waters and fine golden sands. Super Paradise Beach is the most popular spot for LGBTQQIAAP travellers. It’s the place to be if you want to socialise and party day and night. But because of its popularity, the beach can get crowded, so it may not appeal to those seeking a relaxing day at the beach.
If you prefer a beach with a quieter atmosphere, check out Paraga Beach. Also popular with gay sunbathers, it boasts calm and crystal-clear waters with sunbeds perfect for relaxing and enjoying cocktails.
Like Santorini and Mykonos, Ios is part of the Cyclades group of islands along the Aegean Sea. The small island may not come up on the list of gay-friendly islands in Greece, but it has plenty to delight LGBTQQIAAP travellers.
Spend some time wandering around the old town. It sits on a hill with whitewashed houses and a maze of alleyways lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes. As you stroll through the old town, watch out for the beautiful churches and chapels scattered on the hillsides.
When evening comes, head to the Ios Club, a chilled-out place overlooking the island’s breathtaking scenery and perfect for enjoying refreshing drinks while marvelling at glorious sunsets.
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