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Live your true love: 5 non-discriminatory Greek destinations

A land where discrimination doesn’t exist, but accepts all humans with no judgement and criticism. Yes, that’s a place we would all love to visit, to be free to express ourselves and enjoy the company of our loved ones. That’s what vacationing is all about and yes, that destination is Greece. The 4 islands and 1 city that we have selected that not only are stunning, but are welcoming and humane. These Greek locations greet all travelers with open arms and their sole wish is for them to enjoy a gracious holiday! We hope that the kindness and compassion these areas show towards all humans will rub off on even more Greek Islands and cities so that the entire country can have a progressive energy and an accepting vibe. Mykonos Mykonos is the most famous gay-friendly place in Greece, if not in Europe. At any time during the day or night, you will find people from all over the world coming together and enjoying their stress-free vacation at the most carefree Greek island. This assembly of numerous cultures brings so much life and joy to this posh island and the unique feeling of equality is in the air. Skiathos Full of young and open-minded people, Skiathos is for sure has established itself to be a free-spirited island and the hospitable locals will definitely make you feel at home. Along with the natural beauty of this striking island, you will also feel comfortable to be yourself. Lesvos Lesvos is the number one preference of lesbian couples in Greece as it has a long tradition due to the fact that it was the birthplace of the ancient poetess Sappho. This island hosts the Annual International Eressos Women’s Festival that also includes many performances, workshops and fashion shows, informing the people about the rights of the homosexual community. In Lesvos, you feel welcomed and you will be a part of a great community! Athens Greece’s capital, Athens, is a vivid city, where many festivals and parades, like the Athens Pride Parade, take place to spread the rights and the importance of the LGBTQ+ community. Furthermore, Athens is famous for its alternative character and its ability to bring people closer together. Crete In 2015, Crete had organized with great success the LGBT Pride Festival to support the big amount of homosexual tourists that it receives every summer and fight against sexual racism. In Crete, you can enjoy relaxed vacations, without having to worry about discrimination or intolerance. We hope that it continues to host such meaningful events each year! George Koletsos is Co-Founder of Kudos Life Experiences. Kudos Life Experiences is a custom-designed private travel specialist to Greece, for the discerning and sophisticated traveler who is seeking to return to the authentic form of personal discovery and explore really life-enriching travel experiences. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

George Koletsos

George Koletsos is the Founder and CEO of Kudos Life Experiences. Kudos Life Experiences is a bespoke luxury travel specialist, delivering life-enriching journeys that can deeply touch the soul of the sophisticated traveller, through a selective offer of authentic experiences that most people are unaware they could discover. In doing so, we create and deliver unique travel stories, we uncover and provide handpicked accommodation, and we are proud of our insiders extraordinary service, always preserving the highest standards of privacy and execution that set us apart. Prior to Kudos, George has served as the Secretary General of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO).

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  1. It’s great that there are places in the world where we can all take a break from prejudices. Who knows some people may see the light on their holiday and come back more open-minded?

  2. It would be interesting to find out why Greece is a lot more tolerant towards the LGBT visitors than many other countries throughout the world. Any one got any theories?

  3. Good news that Athens has a Pride Festival. You often find that capital cities, with a more cosmopolitan population, take the lead in spreading liberal ideas. Hopefully where Athens leads smaller and more traditional communities will follow.

  4. There is a fine line between acceptance and tolerance. As of today, many countries show their support to the LGBTQIA+ community by allowing proposed bills into legislation and organizing events to celebrate individuality. These destinations in Greece can be truly considered as safe spaces for members of the said community because they can be who they are without the fear of being ridiculed by others. This factor can create a big difference on your dream vacation with your significant other or even with friends. I wonder what activities these places has to offer and what are the restaurants that tourists can visit to taste the flavors of Greece.

  5. It’s a shame that this sort of post is even needed but I’ve found it when travelling before too. Some places just aren’t very welcoming or tolerant. It’s understandable sometimes when there are political things going on but sometimes it’s just a case of tourists (like the English in Spain) getting a bad rap and not being too wanted or welcomed by those that live there. It’s good to know there are plenty of spots in Greece where it’s happy times all the way. That’s how it should be. I’ve known a few people who’ve been to some of these places and I can’t remember any of them having a bad word to say about anything, so I’ll keep them in mind as I’ve still not made it to Greece. Really good post, it’s nice to see the focus on something so relatable and that all of us want when we go on holiday.

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