Lesbian Santorini – Go Girlfriend

Author: , August 3rd, 2018

Santorini

Santorini’s reputation began 36 centuries ago with the eruption and implosion of an ancient volcano, creating a mega-tsunami massive enough to end the Minoan empire 120 km (75 miles) away. The Caldera (remember the myth of Atlantis?), ringed with smaller remnant islands boasts 1,000 ft. cliffs upon which perch the whitewashed main capital of Thira.

Towering seaside cliffs and charming whitewashed villages along the caldera coast make Santorini a favorite of cruise ships and tourists with unique cliffside restaurants, shops, hotels and churches. But arriving by cruise ship presents the problem of getting up the 1,000 ft. vertical cliff face. Your choices are to walk the almost 600 steps along the meandering pathway, ride a donkey up this same path or board a cable car for the quickest, most direct route to the top. How energetic do you feel?

Depending on your stay in Santorini, you’ll need to prioritize what you want to see.

1 day or part day (Cruise ship tour) – Set your sites on Santorini’s main city, Thira (sometimes referred to as Fira). The cruise ships dock here so it’s an easy choice. This is the island’s gem with the main shops, restaurants and caldera views all walkable from your ship – you must have lunch on the cliffs. Also consider booking a tour with Viator or Expedia to see some other locations close by like Nea Kameni’s volcanic crater and sulphur hot springs [our GG Recommendation], or a catamaran sailing cruise sightseeing the caldera.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Gay Cyprus – Nomadic Boys

Author: , June 30th, 2018

Gay Cyprus - The Nomadic Boys

“You say poushti like it’s a bad thing” …so said one of the many banners at the Gay Cyprus Pride parade in Nicosia. In everyday Greek, “pousti” (or “poushti” when you say it with a Cypriot-Greek accent) means “poof” or “fag”, and is usually used in a derogative way.

For Stefan growing up in a Greek-Cypriot society across London and Cyprus, relatives would use it in a sort of “act like a man” type of way, like “don’t be a pousti!” Let’s just say that Greek society growing up wasn’t the most gay friendly! Fast forward to 2018 and oh my god look how far the country has evolved!

Cyprus now not only has an array of LGBTQ friendly laws in place, it has a gay pride parade taking place every year since 2014, which is supported by the government, with thousands of people. We were proud to attend the 5th Cyprus Pride in Nicosia in June 2018.

LGBTQ rights in Cyprus

Cyprus traditionally has been a very socially conservative society, dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church, which commonly expresses anti-LGBTQ comments. Despite this, Cyprus continues to evolve with its LGBTQ rights.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Gay Crete Beach Vacations – Gay Star News

Author: , June 22nd, 2018

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Gay Holidays in Greece are certainly linked with the most popular destinations of Mykonos, Athens and Thessaloniki. But have you ever considered visiting Crete?

Crete, the second largest island in Greece, is known for its crystal-clear beaches (many of which are awarded with a blue flag), beautiful cities with intense nightlife and handsome locals. So, this island will gift you lots of new experiences to remember!

Cretans are distinguished for their great hospitality, which has also become part of their culture. Their behavior is so honest and sincere, that you will feel like you are with your best friend.

That said, you will notice that some Cretans might become very ‘touchy,’ almost flirting. That’s due to their extreme friendliness and poor understanding of personal space, so don’t misunderstand and think that they are trying to hit on you because you will surely put yourself into a very awkward situation!

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Santorini – Gay Star News

Author: , May 2nd, 2018

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Are you soon to be married or civil partnered, or are you part of a recently-married or civil partnered couple? If so, you are most probably searching for the ideal destination to host the most exciting trip of your life. Even if you have already found that ‘one’ destination, you may still in doubt that you have made the right choice.

You have most probably considered visiting Greece, but have you really given it the thought that it deserves? Greece is one of the most popular countries for honeymoons and romantic holidays, with cosmopolitan destinations where you can transform your honeymoon into a party as well as alternative villages and seaside towns where you can devote your vacations only to yourselves.

Among all the Greek destinations, there is one particular island that is so beautiful, that looks like it came out of a wedding magazine. Santorini is ranked among the most popular romantic destinations in the world, with a reputation that rapidly grows among gay travelers as well. Is it its elegant atmosphere? Its gay-friendly attitude? Or its stunning landscapes, that make Santorini a beloved destination for gay couples in love? Let’s find out!

There are so many activities to do in Santorini with your partner that you are never going to get bored. You can go full romantic and devote your holidays exclusively to each other by watching the sunset together or by sharing a passionate kiss on top of the Caldera. Or, you could explore the island’s peculiar white, red and black sand beaches in a thrilling excursion.

These are the top three romantic activities for gay honeymooners to do when in Santorini, as well as some excellent LGBTI-friendly Santorinian hotels to further upgrade the most important trip of your life!

By Paraskevas Sklavos – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Villa Elia Mykonos – Gay Friendly Mykonos Villa

Author: , January 19th, 2018

Villa Elia Mykonos - Gay Friendly Mykonos Villa

A luxury and cosy villa, very close to Elia beach!

The villa is modern and minimal with all kinds of facilities you may ask for. The big space together with the sunlight that jumps from every window gives you a sense of homely coziness. Comfortable king size beds will make you want to sink in them all day long, but let’s be honest; the private terrace gives you the sense of being in paradise.

The house has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, dining room & living room. There is also an outdoor dining and lounge area, a private swimming pool and a private jacuzzi.

Beautiful surroundings. Guests love the place because of the views, the ambiance and the location. Villa Elia is located in a complex of 4 independent luxury villas and it’s ideal for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers and families (kids welcome).

See the Villa Elia Mykonos Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Rhodes, the Crossroads of Civilizations – Go Girlfriend

Author: , November 24th, 2017

Lesbian Rhodes

With the mythical origins of Rhodes attributed to Helios after Zeus’ battle with the Giants, it is no wonder this beautiful island is bathed in the warmth of the sun and surrounded by the tropical waters of the Aegean Sea. Low mountains, lush landscapes, sandy beaches and historical sights make Rhodes a vacation treat to delight and educate.

Largest within the Dodecanese Island string, Rhodes sits within miles of Turkey’s shores.  Historically, it’s infant roots begin in the Stone Age through advancing conquests of the Minoans, Persians, Egyptians, Romans, Venetians, Knights era, Arabs, Turks, and Italians all laying claims throughout history before becoming Greek as we know it today. This has created a vibrancy to cultural, food and architectural influences for your sensory delights.

As crossroads to travel between Constantinople and Alexandria, Rhodes’ vibrancy of trade, culture and education

2400 years old, the 2.5 mile fortifications surrounding the made it a destination hub and central meeting place of the Mediterranean. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the old walled city of Rhodeshouse the Palace of the Grand Masters, the seven fortified entry gates, The Knights’ Hospital (now housing the Archaeological Museum) and possibly the short-lived Colossus of Rhodes.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Kavas Yachting – Gay Friendly Greek Tour Operator

Author: , November 21st, 2017

Kavas Yachting

A Getaway Drawn in Crystal Blue.

When you think about vacationing, how grand do you picture the escape? How free? How wild and thrilling? Or how serene? And what if you could have it all?

Since 1985, Greek yachtsman Vagelis Kavas and his sons put it in their minds to give these questions all the right answers. Today, with more than 50 yachts (Mono-hulls and Catamarans) in their possession, their dream is a definite reality and they truly love to see it shared in the Greek seas.

Inexpensively and with “meraki”, which in Greek means doing something wholeheartedly, they are sure to offer you your dream getaway. After all, nothing says “extra” like island-hopping around the Mediterranean, enjoying a meal mid-sea under the stars or living it up with a summer party on your own, private yacht.

Passionate about sailing and distinguished at the World and European championship, Kavas’ yachting is so much more than simply having a good time: it is about an invaluable experience at a unique part of this world where you will not find a thing more precious than its people and the fond memories that they will leave with you.

See the Kavas Yachting Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Apanemo Hotel – Santorini Gay Friendly Hotel

Author: , November 18th, 2017

Apanemo Hotel - Santorini Gay Friendly Hotel

If you ever imagined yourself basking inside an infinity pool under the Mediterranean sun, with a glass of wine in your hand from the vineyards of Greece and the view of a volcanic island stretching into the endless blue of the sea… we can tell you the name of the place: welcome to the Apanemo hotel in the island of Santorini.

The Apanemo hotel is located atop a hill in the area of Akrotiri -an ancient settlement of the Minoan Age that was overflowed by lava when the volcano of Thera erupted in 1627 BC. The mystery surrounding the catastrophe is believed to have inspired Plato in his conception of Atlantis -the utopian and forever-lost mystical island of the Mediterranean.

It was millenia after the dust had settled when the Apanemo hotel sprung into view with its elegant venetian architecture, crisp-white walls and pools of vibrant, blue waters. There, the modern came in touch with the timeless, channeling a sense of awe every time the amber colours of the sunset fall over the caldera.

Today, the Apanemo is abundant in what it has to offer. You could wake up in one of the 25 bright and spacious guest-rooms which are fully equipped with air-conditioning, refrigerator, safe, TV and wireless Internet access. Ready to leave the coziness of the bed? How about breakfast? The buffet is rich with traditional Greek delicacies which you can enjoy on your private balcony with the panorama of the Aegean reaching the horizon. A messy room need not bother you since cleaning services are available daily. Now, why not take a stroll in the garden or the sun terrace? Perhaps you could spend an hour or two in the hotel’s spa tub or lounge in the common area for a cup of tea.

If you’re planning an adventurous day you’ll find the surrounding area a real thrill! The path leading to the ancient city of Akrotiri, which was unearthed from the volcanic ashes in the ’70s, is optimal for hiking, trail-running and mountain-biking. For the fans of water-sports scuba-diving services are offered nearby while the magnificent Red Beach is within walking distance. Other sites worth visiting include the infamous volcano whose crater is easily reachable, Oia, a nearby village where the extraordinary sunset is admired by dozens of people daily, as well as Pyrgos with its majestic castle dating back to the Dark Ages.

After nightfall you could return to the hotel and enjoy a bath with Apanemo’s complimentary toiletries, grab a bite at the hotel’s restaurant, or have a drink at the lounge bar. Alternatively, you could visit Fira, the island’s capital where the night-life is alive and vibrant with the colours of the rainbow! Worried about getting around? The Apanemo hotel offers shuttle services and the staff is always available for anything else you might need!

See the Apanemo Hotel Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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The Grand View Houses – Lesvos Gay Friendly Guest Houses

Author: , November 2nd, 2017

The Grand View Houses - Lesvos Gay Friendly Guest Houses

Situated in the charming, historic village of Molyvos on the northernmost tip of Lesvos Island close to all amenities and only minutes’ walk from the beach, harbour or local shops.

These three Lesvos gay friendly guest houses introduce a new level of luxury and attention to detail within the self-catering community. Inspired by the majestic and traditional houses overlooking the sea among the Greek islands, each of our houses have breathtaking views of Lesvos. Our vacation homes are cleverly designed to magically merge modern conveniences with elegant history. The houses offer an up market experience without sacrificing authenticity and charm. Perfect for family holidays, friends vacationing together, or romantic escapes, each of our houses will provide a beautiful and spacious environment for making memories that last a lifetime.

The views are simply stunning!

Every room has a spectacular view, either of the surrounding mountains or the bay of Molyvos with the sweeping northern Aegean beyond. There are even views of the castle and postcard-perfect village from the front veranda. Incredible nightly sunsets are virtually guaranteed.

Each house with their en suite bathrooms has free Wifi, air-conditioning or heating throughout, and its own parking space. We have done our best to consider the environment, following “green” practices in construction and maintenance. The houses offer “Coco Matt” mattresses, sheets and towels, produced right here in Greece from the finest natural materials.

The three Grand View houses share two buildings, one with two semi-detached houses:
the two-bedroom/two-bathroom Grand View Afrodite and the one-bedroom/ one-bathroom Grand View Rhea.
Grand View Kimon is a three-bedroom/three-bathroom, stand-alone home. Each house has a separate entrance and private, secluded balconies.

All three houses benefit from two communal barbeque areas, one with a fountain, particularly well-suited for large groups which is also big enough for Yoga or other alternative movement classes.

AMENITIES-FACILITIES:

– Dishwasher
– Microwave
– 4 ring hob/large stove /air convector oven.
– Filter coffee machine
– Toaster
– Kettle
– Washing Machine
– Dryer ( only in Afrodite and Kimon)
– Iron and ironing board
– Hairdryer
– 3D television 42″/ 32″ compatible to laptops
– DVD with surround system/ blue ray/ Mp3/CD player
– Free Wi-Fi
– Telephone / free for incoming and local calls
– Air-conditioning /inverter/ low decibel /heating during the winter months
– Heat panels and heated towel racks for cooler months
– Rain showers
– Ceiling fans
– Safe for valuables
– Shared barbeque
– Soft sheets and towels changed every 3 -4 days (Changed daily with extra charge)
– Beach towels

See the The Grand View Houses Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Santorini in Two Parts – Go Girlfriend

Author: , September 21st, 2017

Santorini

Santorini’s reputation began 36 centuries ago with the eruption and implosion of an ancient volcano, creating a mega-tsunami massive enough to end the Minoan empire 120 km (75 miles) away. The Caldera (remember the myth of Atlantis?), ringed with smaller remnant islands boasts 1,000 ft. cliffs upon which perch the whitewashed main capital of Thira.

Santorini cliffsideTowering seaside cliffs and charming whitewashed villages along the caldera coast make Santorini a favorite of cruise ships and tourists with unique cliffside restaurants, shops, hotels and churches. But arriving by cruise ship presents the problem of getting up the 1,000 ft. vertical cliff face. Your choices are to walk the almost 600 steps along the meandering pathway, ride a donkey up this same path or board a cable car for the quickest, most direct route to the top. How energetic do you feel?

How to choose what to see and do in Santorini if your time is limited

Depending on your stay in Santorini, you’ll need to prioritize what you want to see.

sunsets in Santorini1 day or part day (Cruise ship tour) – Set your sites on Santorini’s main city, Thira (sometimes referred to as Fira). The cruise ships dock here so it’s an easy choice. This is the island’s gem with the main shops, restaurants and caldera views all walkable from your ship – you must have lunch on the cliffs. Also consider booking a tour with Viator or Expedia to see some other locations close by like Nea Kameni’s volcanic crater and sulphur hot springs [our GG Recommendation], or a catamaran sailing cruise sightseeing the caldera.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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