Santorini is basically dreamland.
Imagine rows of white houses, varying in shape and height, with oval rooftops, wrapped in a blanket of electric blue sea. Equally dreamy but considerably less flaky, the island is shaped like a croissant if looked down at from above, which just makes it all the more appealing.
To give you a better idea of what to expect, visiting Santorini is like being on the set of Mama Mia. Note: Please know we’re doing everything we can to recruit Meryl Streep to the chilli crew so you can spend your time on the island belting out ABBA tunes. One can only dream!
If by any chance you're not a fan of musicals or croissants, perhaps Santorini's LGBTQ+ scene will turn your head. The 'wine island' is extremely friendly to people of all sexual orientations and is said to attract lots of gay tourists each year.
Although Santorini has no bars dedicated specifically to the LGBTQ+ community, there are plenty of places to grab a drink with a mixed crowd of tourists.
For a sophisticated night on the island (until the third cocktail hits your blood stream), make your way to PK Cocktail Bar. Overlooking the sea, the bar boasts incredible views of the sea, making it the perfect place to catch the sunset. If you'd prefer to chug mojitos in a more lowkey setting, head over to the quirky Love Boat Bar.
If you're a self-proclaimed dancing queen, we'd suggest paying Two Brothers Bar a visit. Run by two brothers (who would have thought?), the bar is known to host some of the best parties on the island. Other clubs worth visiting include: Groove Bar, Casablanca and Night Flight.
lgbtq+ liberation in santorini
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.
- LGBT peeps are allowed to serve in the military.
We wish we could jump on Greece's back with the LGBT movement and shout GIDDY UP, but everyone has to start somewhere and we’re super proud of the progress Greece is making.