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This month’s gay-friendly travel destination: Crete, Greece

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Discussing the allure that Greece has when it comes to international travel could never be complete without mentioning the island of Crete.

Beach, Heraklion, Greece

Rich with culture and steeped with history dating back to ancient and mythological times, the island of Crete offers an abundance of attractions, dining, entertainment, and lodging to satisfy the tastes of any and all visitors. The gay and lesbian community has also found its local and tourist niche here as well, and today there is an abundance of things to see and do when visiting and exploring this legendary Mediterranean destination.

If it’s a quieter and relaxing vacation that you want, then stick to the West side of the island. On the other hand, if you’re craving entertainment and more of a night owl, then by all means, the Eastern side was made for you. In general, no matter where you travel and venture out onto the island, there is always something, so don’t let the East-West differentiation become a hard and fast rule. Here are some of the more popular gay destinations in Crete.

Recommended gay-friendly towns to visit on Crete

  • Chania – the diverse landscape and location atop the Samana Gorge are reason enough to see this town. If you’re the active type, there is an abundance of paths and trails that you could spend days exploring.
  • Heraklion – the city is most recognized for its numerous museums and the variety of sports venues. However, the cuisine that you will find here is some of the best anywhere on the island.
  • Lassithi – the easternmost region of Crete. The mild year round climate and the stunning coastline attract many visitors annually. Excellent mass transportation here enables you to go anywhere with ease.
  • Rethymno – rich in history with a Minoan emphasis, this city has so much to offer the tourist that a couple of days here surely won’t be enough time to explore the delights and events available.

Gay-friendly night spots on Crete

Depending on whether you want excitement or quiet, you have so many options with the gay nightlife on Crete.

  • The Camelot is the spot for nightclubbing according to most critics. It’s lively and you are sure to make new friends spending an evening there.
  • On the other hand, if you want to relax in a more subdued atmosphere, Vinnie’s Garden in Koutouloufari is the place. Privacy is key here and the quiet ambiance makes it perfect.

Picture of the Bay of Balos, Crete, Greece, by Wolfgang Staudt

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Venere Travel Blog writer anita choudhary

Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

8 responses to “This month’s gay-friendly travel destination: Crete, Greece”

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  1. Palace on wheels says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 12:14

    This is a nice message about travel destination in greece.

  2. Taj Mahal says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 12:19

    Greece is known as the legendary Mediterranean destination.

  3. Villa Ralfa says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 14:10

    Hmm…Has the author been to Crete I wonder? A little more research could have been useful! I think you meant Samaria Gorge?
    Some of this is true but no mention of the only gay bar on Crete, Eros Bar in Malia? Or the only accommodation run specifically for gay/lesbian folk?
    Rethymno, Minoan? Hardly the city centre is Turkish/Venetian. The main Minoan site is at Knossos near Heraklion.
    Don’t recommend eating in Heraklion either…Go to the small villages the food is far more authentic and a lot cheaper, but beware, they serve a lot of meat here…..

  4. Gary1964 says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 19:53

    there is now a new gay run bar in chania (Spirit Lonunge), its not totally gay, but very gay friendly, great atmosphere and very reasonable prices which is rare for chania

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    February 4th, 2012 at 23:49

    We are going this summer 2012 to the island of Crete,so we whant to know if we can fine any gaybars in Chania.pleace help whid information

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  8. paula says:
    June 1st, 2015 at 23:04

    chania is by far the greatest place in crete for gay people! you can visit many gay friendly cafes and bars in the old town (e.g. ababa, black rooster, epea pteroenta etc) and gay friendly hotels (e.g. iliaktida apartments). pick a hotel in a village far from the city centre, so you can enjoy the exotic beaches (there’s often transportation anyway)…

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