Cradle of our democracies, Greece is today known worldwide for its mythology and its millennial culture. This country, on the Mediterranean coast, enjoys exceptional sunshine and breathtaking landscapes Who has never dreamed of wandering through these cobblestone streets surrounded by white and blue houses, climbing the steps of an ancient temple or enjoying the heavenly beaches of fine sand and turquoise waters? The LGBTQ+ community has been very quick to favor Greece and in particular certain destinations for its travels.
Unsurprisingly, the island of Mykonos is undoubtedly one of the most popular gay destinations on the planet, on the one hand for its natural and atypical beauty, and on the other hand for its festive life worthy of Ibiza‘s crazy parties. Athens also shines with great notoriety among LGBTQ+. A major centre for culture and the arts, the Greek capital enjoys an international aura for gay travellers who want to climb the Acropolis or discover the other historic sites the city has to offer. Greece is choosing a gay destination that combines history of the past with a festive and relaxed atmosphere, a clever mix of culture and fun.
Greece, with a population of nearly 10 million, is made up of a mainland and a multitude of small islands scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas. During Antiquity, this country was designated as the center of the known world, whose influence has spanned the ages and still has an impact today. Rich of an exceptional culture, Greece is the privileged destination for all archaeology and art enthusiasts. Due to its geographical location, Greece enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and very hot summers. The destinations favoured by the LGBTQ+ community for holidays are the capital, Athens, but especially the Cycladic islands, particularly Mykonos, for its festive atmosphere in summer.
It would be tempting to believe that in view of its history, namely the normality of the homosexual condition during Antiquity, Greece is a spearhead in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights. However, the facts need to be qualified. While civil unions for same-sex couples have been established since 2015 and that a gay marriage done abroad has been recognized since 2018, LGBTQ+ marriage is not yet legal (it is in the process of being). Moreover, the adoption of a child is currently only possible for one member of the couple. However, it should be noted that all gender discrimination is strictly prohibited and punished by law and that gender reassignment has been legalized since 2017. While there is still work to be done, it is clear that a positive development in recent years is underway to make Greece a country more respectful of LGBTQ + rights.
The currency is the Euro.
For citizens of the European Union, Switzerland or a member country of the European Economic Area, a national identity card or passport is sufficient, as Greece is a member of the Schengen Area.
For travellers coming from Canada but also from the USA, Australia, etc. there is an agreement with the EU and you are exempt from visa requirements for stays not exceeding 90 days. However, please note that during 2021, you will have to obtain your ETIAS before your departure. This is an electronic travel authorisation that must be done online before the trip, which will cost €7 and will give access to the Shengen area. Here is the link for more information: ETIAS.