All the gay stories about the ancient Greeks, combined with a sunny climate and fascinating history, has turned Greece into a major gay destination. The gay mecca continues to be the island of Mykonos, while the scene in the capital city remains rather low-key. Still, Athens has its number of gay hotspots, and the gay pride events, although small, are becoming bigger each year. Before moving on to Mykonos (or Lesbos, in the ladies' case), these are the gay places to check out in Athens:
Limanakia B is the gay sunbathing and swimming area in Athens (it’s surrounded by rocks, not sand). To get there, take the tram to Glyfada, followed by bus E22 to Limanakia (the third stop). When you step off the bus, descend towards the water and choose the perfect rock to sit on. Nudity is common, and don't be surprised to see "private" encounters between men in the caves.
Athens’ first bear bar offers reasonably-priced drinks, and plays synthpop, new wave and ebm sounds throughout the week.
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Greek and international music of different styles is heard at this attractive bar with outdoor seating. It often hosts special events.
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If you’re looking for drag shows, this is the place. It’s a cabaret-style club where you may sit with a drink as you watch the kitschy performances.
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Claiming to be the biggest LGBT and straight-friendly club in Greece, it's divided into lounge and dance areas, with an army atmosphere and theme nights.
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You'll be rubbing shoulders and everything else against the crowd trying to move around this place when it gets packed on weekends. It’s the most popular gay club in Athens, with two dancefloors - one with pop hits, and the other with progressive house.
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Located in Gazi, not far from other gay hangouts, this sauna is split into different levels, with jacuzzi, a steam room, slings, a massage room, glory holes and a bar.
This mixed club is for the ladies who feel like dancing with other ladies. It also attracts gay men and straight crowds, as it’s a fun place with a warm décor and upbeat music.
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There are no gay hotels in Athens, but a few are popular among gay travelers:
360 Degrees Hotel
Known for its trendy rooftop bar with a postcard view of the Acropolis, this hotel has different types of rooms, all featuring a simple contemporary style.
Popular with gay couples, this was one of the first design hotels in the city. Located about a 10-minute walk from the trendy rooftop bars in Monastiraki Square, it offers a small gym and outdoor swimming pool on the rooftop.
St. George Lycabettus Hotel
It’s a 5-star hotel but can be surprisingly reasonably-priced in low season. It’s located in the upscale district of Kolonaki, with some rooms and the breakfast room facing the Acropolis. There’s also a well-equipped gym and a rooftop pool, much appreciated by its gay guests.
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