Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world with a recorded history dating back over 3,000 years. Considered by many to be the birthplace of civilization, the city is full of culture and a treasure trove of archaeological remains.
Today the city is the capitol of Greece and is considered one of the most popular and lively places in Southern Europe. Athens is undergoing a significant transformation in terms of rebirth. After years of austerity, graffiti-covered buildings are being turned into art galleries, abandoned garages are being repurposed as cafes, and innovative entrepreneurs are revitalizing the city's restaurant scene.
Athens also boasts a vibrant and diverse gay scene that has grown in recent years. The scene has gone from underground to mainstream and as such, gay travelers can find a number of gay-oriented establishments throughout the city.
The Outview Film Festival, the days of gay cinema, is ten years old. Premieres, awards, stars and industry leaders make the LGBTQI International Film Festival a brilliant event in Athens every spring. The Athens Gay Pride increases the number of participants every year and is also a real tradition. Athens Pride is an annual celebration of the LGBT community in Greece that combines strong social messages with the unique atmosphere of a Greek party delivering a strong message every year.
Gay Friendly Hotels in Athens
The ideal place to stay in Athens depends on how travelers want to spend their time in the city. For those looking to explore the Parthenon and other ancient Greek structures and monuments, the hotels in and around Syntagma Square are the perfect base from which to explore all of the nearby historical sights.
Central Athens Hotel is located in the heart of the Plaka area and offers stunning views of the Acropolis from its rooftop restaurant and bar. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and furnished with comfortable and clean furniture.
The Fresh Hotel is located close to the gay district of Athens and provides gay travelers with modern, soundproofed rooms from which to explore all that the Athens gay scene has to offer. This stylish boutique hotel boasts an impressive rooftop swimming pool, well-equipped gym and bar, ensuring guests a comfortable and elegant stay.
Gay Sauna in Athens
Alexander Sauna – The best gay sauna in Athens, found in the heart of the Gazi gay area just steps from the Kerameikos metro station. An ideal destination to start and finish your night out in Athens, with a strong commitment to diversity and welcoming all ethnicities, sexual preferences, age groups, and tribes. About as stylish and trendy as a sauna can get, there are four floors of fun cruising and relaxing spaces including a bar with coffee, drinks & snacks, garden, private cabins with TV, lockers, safe boxes, two saunas, steam room, jacuzzi, sling and steam labyrinth play-room. Alexander Sauna also boasts an X-Action Area (with Drag & Strip Shows, happenings & parties), the biggest darkroom in Athens, naked parties), free towels, slippers & condoms, and a mini-shop with the best gay underwear brands and any accessories you may need.
FLEX Sauna – Located in the city center of Athens, this is a popular place for Greeks and tourists to come together for four floors of naughty fun. Recently renovated, but still, of dubious quality, Flex draws in an older crowd with its 30 person steam room, dark spaces, Jacuzzi, cinema, glory holes, rooftop garden, and free cabins. The longest operating gay sauna in Athens, opening for the Olympics in 2004 – if you are nearby why not give it a go?
Gay Clubs in Athens
Sodade2 – The place in Gay Athens to experience wild queer nightlife frequented by hot, younger men. There are two dance areas giving you a choice of deep house or pop music and is insanely popular on Saturday for there no school/work parties and Monday for Greek Night – but expect large crowds every day in summer. There is a €7 entry charge most nights, but strong drinks, cute bartenders and busy dance floors make this worth it.
Bizzar Club – A gay dance club in Athens city center known for its money boys and downstairs play area. Playing modern Greek music with shows every Saturday night, Bizzar Club draws a crowd with an appetite for “fun.”
Noiz – A fabulous gay nightclub in the Gay Gazi district fulled by style, beautiful people and a skilled DJ with a penchant for Greek and international music hits. Very fashionable, a great place to party until sunrise, chat and feel like one of the most trendy people in town…
S-Cape – Another epic gay club in Athens ideally suited for hook-ups or just to let off some steam as it gets really wild. Certainly not for everybody’s taste but it is conveniently located in Gazi, has occasional open bar nights (great value) and frequent themed parties with hot as hell go-go dancers and large crowds.
Shamone Club – A more relaxed gay club in Athens with plenty of space, nice music, and beautiful people who actually talk to each other. The seating outside gives Shamone an almost beachy vibe, and while there are fabulous parties most weekends, it is also worth looking out for their drag shows and Rupaul’s Drag Race screenings. Just don’t forget to take your drag queen merch to look the part…
Here you can enjoy history during the day and have fun at clubs at night. In the markets you can buy many souvenirs with penises as in Greek history. After sunset, the city will open new doors for you in wild passion and crazy dancing.
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