Lesvos or Lesbos, is the third-largest Greek Island and is often called the Island of Poets. Arguably the most famous poet from the Island was Sappho who is the first recorded lesbian and that's how the word Lesbian came about!
There are some incredibly beautiful villages to tour around and the Island is quite handily located if you fancied a breakaway Island hopping, but mainly people will stay in Lesvos to be a little off the beaten track and away from flocks of tourists.
With a huge women's festival every September and up to 4000 women visiting Eresos every summer, it's an absolute hotspot to add to the bucket list. It's also a really popular honeymoon spot, with some of the longest and cleanest beaches of all the Greek Islands, it really is a little spot of paradise!
Lesvos is very different to the party scenes you'll get in the other destinations, you can still find a good party but mostly it's a lot more chilled out and relaxed.
You'll find a lot of the bars around Erresos are LGBTQ+ friendly or even Lesbian owned, a lot of people fall in love with the Island and never leave, so you may even find a bunch of Brits!
Flamingo beach bar is a pretty chilled out beachfront bar that you can find open all hours of the day and night!
Greece has come a long way in liberating its LGBTQ+ community, but it still has a long way to go. In 2018, IGLTA-Europe assessed 49 European countries on gay rights and Greece was found to have the highest improvements. Here are a few LGBTQ+ highlights that should be celebrated:
- Homosexual activity between males has been legal since 1951, whereas female homosexuality has always been legal (and by legal, we mean ignored entirely which in this case is great!).
- Discrimination in the workplace has been illegal since 2005.
- Same-sex couples are allowed to enter a civil union.
- LGBTQ+ peeps are allowed to serve in the military.
We wish we could jump on Greece's back with the LGBTQ+ movement and shout GIDDY UP, but everyone has to start somewhere and we’re super proud of the progress Greece is making.