Greek Guyd: Gay Athens (Part Two)

Greek Guyd
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Greek Guyd

May 15, 2013
10:11 a.m.

In the second part of our posts on Gay Athens, our Greek Guyd introduces us to Athens’s culture and history, with a round-up of some of the gay nightlife that the city has to offer… Check out part one here

Ancient Athenians have been credited with two very important inventions: democracy and homosexuality. While only the first is true, I never rush to correct people. Having travelled a lot I have heard a number of credible and incredible questions on Athens, like; “Does everybody wear togas? Are donkeys the main method of transportation? Do you have electricity?” Apart from these wildly inaccurate assumptions, the most common misconception about Athens and Greece in general is that we have a tropical climate. Let me get this straight once and for all: we have seasons and yes we have snow sometimes!

Athens as a city is very diverse; as a whole it’s not very pretty. Wild property development in the 50s, 60s and 70s has given the city a chaotic feel, with ugly multistoried buildings in many pockets. The good news is that the historical centre has escaped that phenomenon. For archeology enthusiasts, a visit to the historical centre gives you the opportunity to visit the actual sites where Socrates walked and talked with people. Must Sees: the Acropolis, the new Acropolis Museum, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, and the Archaeological Museum.

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Plaka is the area under the Acropolis towards the city centre, an area filled with Neoclassical buildings whose architecture is protected by law. As the area is close to the main historic sites, it is full of tourist shops and restaurants. To avoid tourist traps, look out for places where a lot of locals are eating.

Next to Plaka you will find Monastiraki. Sill under the shadow of the Acropolis, you will find many interesting buildings here, as well as Athens’s Flea Market, which on Sundays has the outdoors flea market with many antique sellers. Right next to the Monastiraki area you’ll find the newest gay centre which is around the Square of Agia Eirini. The two places for gay boys on this square are: Rooster Café, which in my opinion is where the sexiest men and boys of Athens hang out. This is the place to be seen during the day. They also have a good food menu. Magaze on the other side of the square is another hotspot for coffee. A few blocks down you’ll find Eagle Bar (12 Agias Theklas), a venue for the fans of meatier and hairier men, which now also houses Zipper, a sex-shop with private cabins and cruising. In this general area you will also find Flex Sauna (6 Polikleitou Street), which is Athens’ second largest sauna.

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The only thing better than a hot Greek man is two hot Greek men

If you’re interested in visiting Athens, get in touch with Menelas Siafakas, Project Manager for www.gaygreecego.com, a site which caters for LGBT travelers in and out of Greece. Check out their packages for Athens.

 Check out Gay Athens (Part Two) for the other gay neighbourhoods of Athens, the gay beach and events like Pride and the Outview LGB film festival.

 

Comments



Anonymous User
JJ (Guest)
9 years, 2 months ago

Fuck those guys are soooo hot! I gotta go to Greece 😛

Anonymous User
Hugo_W (Guest)
9 years, 2 months ago

I have always wanted to make a trip to Greece and now I know I must!!