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By @ 03/20/17 in Athens, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Simon Vasiliadis, Travel
Athens, Greece in gay travel magazine ManAboutWorld

Acropolis Museum

ManAboutWorld correspondent Simon Vasiliadis tell us this is a great time to visit his hometown Athens, Greece. Here’s his report.

Here is my look at the self-styled Greek city of sex appeal and what you can expect from your time here. If you enjoy Prides, let Athens take you in for 2017. Held the second Saturday of June in Klafthmonos Square Athens Pride is just a couple of month away. It’s a fun time to see the more typically restrained and closeted Greeks flying their rainbow freak flags. (ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine offers information on Athens, Greece and numerous other destinations around the world.)

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The classics still stand tall in Athens, but there are modern touches that will make you see the city in a whole new light. There are two places in the city I enjoy the sunset most. The Acropolis site & Acropolis Museum, and the Galaxy Bar & Restaurant at the Hilton Athens.

The best way to see the Acropolis is in tandem with the stunning new Acropolis Museum. The museum is beautifully designed and curated. The footprint of the interior reproduction of the Parthenon mirrors the actual Parthenon which you can see through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

Having stood at the foot of this breath-taking wonder of the world it’s not difficult to see why one could never have enough selfies with the great cradle of Democracy in the background.

Alternatively, the sunset from Galaxy Bar & Restaurant is gobsmacking. You get a 180o degree view of the city skyline, including the Acropolis. This legendary bar lies on the iconic 13th floor of Hilton Athens and serves signature cocktails – Giannis’ favourite is the Galaxy Negroni.

Make it to one of the two for the sunset and you will fall so hard for Athens that I promise you won’t want to leave .

Where we hang out

Before you start pounding the streets of modern Athens, sample the city as it used to be. Stroll through Anafiotika toward Agia Eirini Square where you can enjoy your late-morning iced coffee. Rooster is a popular gay venue on the square with a groove there that you can’t get enough of. Sit out, sip a coffee, enjoy a cocktail, chat with friends, see, be seen and enjoy all of those handsome locals walking by.

Rooster

Lunch is never just another meal at Cookoovaya. Delicious food prepared with expertise, passion and experience will tease your senses. Cookoovaya doesn’t come with instructions: indulge any way you please from an extensive menu that even the fussiest eater or strictest gym bunny will find enjoyable.

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By @ 11/24/14 in Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Travel

TwitterManAboutWorld is excited to host our first-ever Tweet up, TODAY, Nov 25, from 2-2:30pm ET. The subject is Greece and how to plan for 2015!

To participate, just monitor the hashtag #gay2greece (via Tweetdeck, HootSuite, Twitter or any other tool you feel comfortable with) and then post your question or answer. (Be sure to refer to the question (Q for question) or answer (A for answer) and use the hashtag #gay2greece in your post or we may not see it!)

Check out @edsalvato and @mawtravel, too, to follow our conversations.

We can’t wait and look forward to your questions about Greece!

(And if you haven’t yet done so, click here to download our latest issue about Greece and all its secrets!)

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By @ 11/13/14 in Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, New Zealand, Palm Springs, Travel

 

Our December issue has hit the digital shelves and is available now for download! Explore the beautiful, historical cities and islands of Greece — from epic Athens to lesser-known Thessaloniki, from trendy Santorini to the stunning isle of Crete — we share all of our insider secrets about one of the world’s most sought after destinations! If you need to get away sooner than later, check out our trips to Vermont for gay skiing, Palm Springs for its Christmas festival, and Auckland in February for its Big Gay Out extravaganza!

Not a subscriber?! We can fix that. Click here to subscribe to download our Greece issue and get access to our entire library of insider tips!

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By @ 11/06/14 in Gay travel, Greece, Mykonos, Travel

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Bill & Coo’s is a Small Luxury Hotels property in Mykonos and for the most part a real gem of a hotel — modern, peaceful and sophisticated. The service is friendly, the beautiful pool inviting and the breakfasts tasty. Whether you stay or not, it’s a lovely spot for a sunset cocktail. The rooms are great with the best ones in terms of views on the side of the hotel closest to town (behind the bar). These views are not obstructed by the electrical wires, which is a surprising and odd feature throughout the island. The trip out to the hotel can be a little stressful with tourists and taxis driving crazily along the curvy streets along dark roads.

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By @ 10/22/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

 

acropolis museumOur Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato recently returned from Athens beaming from his visit to the Acropolis Museum. The beautiful space is only about five years old and already beloved by Athenians and tourists. And for good reason; we found tons of cool tidbits (for example, the interior replica of the parthenon has the exact foot print and orientation as the actual!) and the exhibits are easy to follow and well curated, some even showing a side-by-side comparison of statue beside an imaged portrait of what it might look like 2,000 years prior. A major surprise and one of Europe’s best museums!

Check out all of our insider-y Greek coverage coming in our upcoming issue and guide by subscribing here!

 

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By @ 10/06/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Travel

thessalonikiOur Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato explores Thessaloniki, an incredible Greek port city oft overlooked by tourists who opt instead to visit the more popular Greek Isles. But Thessaloniki is vibrant, bustling, and teeming with hot gay guys.

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By @ 08/28/14 in Billy Kolber, Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Travel

delosbkOur publisher, Billy Kolber, mimics an ancient Greek statue on the historic island of Delos. So what is Delos? It’s an UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Aegean Sea just a few miles from gay-popular Mykonos. It’s also the place where mythology was born, the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, known locally as the cradle of the Gods, an island  rich with artifacts from the third millennium. We like to think of it as a fabulous day-trip after you’ve had your fill of partying on Mykonos.

 

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By @ 08/18/14 in Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Mykonos, Travel

delos1Lying just next to Mykonos, Delos is the mythological birthplace of the (hot) God Apollo and considered one of the most sacred sites of the ancient Greeks. The ruins are worthwhile to visit and it makes for a nice break if you’ve been in the Mykonos circuit a few days. Why not go gay to Delos? There is a mostly gay cruise to Delos (daily except for Mondays) organized by Mykonos Accommodation Center. It only takes 30 minutes each way. Maybe you’ll find your own Greek god during this short excursion.

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By @ 08/15/14 in Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Mykonos, Travel

mykonosLocated on the beach of Agios Ioannis (one of the most picturesque beaches on the island where the movie Shirley Valentine was filmed), and just under three miles from Mykonos Town, the Mykonos Grand is close enough to walk home in a pinch but far enough to really escape from the touristy hordes when you need to get away. The staff and clientele, while mostly straight, are very open and gay friendly. The intricate mosaics and hand-carved marble throughout the resort add a touch of elegance, as do the simple décor, infinity edge pool and drop-dead beautiful views. It’s one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and a top Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice award recipient.

We covered Mykonos in our June 2013 issue. Click here to subscribe!

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