It’s a Great Time To Plan a Trip to Athens, Greece

20 03 2017

Gay-friendly Athens, GreeceManAboutWorld correspondent Simon Vasiliadis tell us this is a great time to visit his hometown Athens, Greece. Here’s his report.Simon Vasiliadis in Gay-friendly Athens, Greece

Here is my look at the self-styled Greek city of sex appeal and what you can expect from your time here. If you enjoy Prides, let Athens take you in for 2017. Held the second Saturday of June in Klafthmonos Square Athens Pride is just a couple of month away. It’s a fun time to see the more typically restrained and closeted Greeks flying their rainbow freak flags.

DON’T MISS

The classics still stand tall in Athens, but there are modern touches that will make you see the city in a whole new light. There are two places in the city I enjoy the sunset most. The Acropolis site & Acropolis Museum, and the Galaxy Bar & Restaurant at the Hilton Athens.

The best way to see the Acropolis is in tandem with the stunning new Acropolis Museum. The museum is beautifully designed and curated. The footprint of the interior reproduction of the Parthenon mirrors the actual Parthenon which you can see through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

Having stood at the foot of this breath-taking wonder of the world it’s not difficult to see why one could never have enough selfies with the great cradle of Democracy in the background.

Alternatively, the sunset from Galaxy Bar & Restaurant is gobsmacking. You get a 180o degree view of the city skyline, including the Acropolis. This legendary bar lies on the iconic 13th floor of Hilton Athens and serves signature cocktails – Giannis’ favourite is the Galaxy Negroni.

Make it to one of the two for the sunset and you will fall so hard for Athens that I promise you won’t want to leave .

WHERE WE HANG OUT

Before you start pounding the streets of modern Athens, sample the city as it used to be. Stroll through Anafiotika toward Agia Eirini Square where you can enjoy your late-morning iced coffee. Rooster is a popular gay venue on the square with a groove there that you can’t get enough of. Sit out, sip a coffee, enjoy a cocktail, chat with friends, see, be seen and enjoy all of those handsome locals walking by.

Gay-friendly Athens, Greece

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Grexit or Greekment: ManAboutWorld Always Loves Greece

13 07 2015

Greece as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineWhether the talk is #Grexit (Greek exiting the Eurozone) or #Greekment (the new agreement with offered by European leaders to Greece), ManAboutWorld is steadfastly loyal to Greece, a country that has been graciously welcoming visitors for millennia and that has more than a few spots that warmly invite gay travelers (we look to thee Athens, Mykonos, Santorini ….). We offer our Greek Travel Guide free to all tablet subscribers. We encourage you to visit Greece early and often. It’s a great country!

Greece is just gorgeous and there’s so much history and culture you could visit for weeks on end. And the islands: one more beautiful than the next. The Greeks: so warm and gracious to visitors … and the men. With those beards. Woof.

The banks are still closed and cash machines are running out of cash to visitors will need to think soldiersabout obtaining some euros before heading there. Non-Greek debit and credit cards should be fine, too. But even before this crisis, we found that it was always easier and sometimes cheaper to pay in cash. So get some euros before you go.

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Photo credits: top: Lorena Torres Angelini via Flickr; right: Peter Macinnis via Flickr





15 Best Places To Travel in 2015: Mykonos…Because it’s recaptured its cachet as one of the world’s great gay island getaways

29 01 2015
A red-domed church in Mykonos, as seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

A red-domed church on stunning Mykonos, Greece

Every gay boy knows about Mykonos, which is probably why you don’t hear much about it. It’s almost a cliché to recommend it as a vacation spot. But while you were busy looking for the next gay island paradise, Mykonos evolved, shed its touristy, overexposed skin, and reinvented itself as an island that has only gotten better with age. A new wave of art, culture, and farm-to-table restaurants have swept the island, the clubs are better than ever, and the island itself is timeless beauty, still unmatched by any of those imitators out there.

Click here for access to our insider tips for all 15 destinations!

 





We Go Inside Greece For Our Latest Issue….Available Now!

13 11 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 3.23.25 PMOur December issue has hit the digital shelves and is available now for download! Explore the beautiful, historical cities and islands of Greece — from epic Athens to lesser-known Thessaloniki, from trendy Santorini to the stunning isle of Crete — we share all of our insider secrets about one of the world’s most sought after destinations! If you need to get away sooner than later, check out our trips to Vermont for gay skiing, Palm Springs for its Christmas festival, and Auckland in February for its Big Gay Out extravaganza!
Not a subscriber?! We can fix that. Click here to subscribe to download our Greece issue and get access to our entire library of insider tips!





Dispatches: At the Port of Thessaloniki, Greece

8 10 2014

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Our Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato explores Thessaloniki, an incredible Greek port city oft overlooked by tourists who opt instead to visit the more popular Greek Isles. But Thessaloniki is vibrant, bustling, and teeming with hot gay guys.





Where We Stay: Charm and Glamour in Mykonos

15 08 2014

mykonosLocated on the beach of Agios Ioannis (one of the most picturesque beaches on the island where the movie Shirley Valentine was filmed), and just under three miles from Mykonos Town, the Mykonos Grand is close enough to walk home in a pinch but far enough to really escape from the touristy hordes when you need to get away. The staff and clientele, while mostly straight, are very open and gay friendly. The intricate mosaics and hand-carved marble throughout the resort add a touch of elegance, as do the simple décor, infinity edge pool and drop-dead beautiful views. It’s one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and a top Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice award recipient.

We covered Mykonos in our June 2013 issue. Click here to subscribe!





Athens, Greece: September is a Great Time to Visit

6 09 2012

Our correspondent and discerning traveler Jon Allen, owner of Island House Key West, the fantastic gay men’s guesthouse located in the Conch Republic, sent us this update from a recent visit to Greece.

Athens as a destination has been transformed by preparations for the Olympics held there in 2004.  The whole city has been cleaned up, a beautiful Metro opened, and scores of new hotels, museums, and attractions are on offer.  Athens now deserves a visit itself, instead of just being a stopover on the way to the Islands.

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