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Heraklion Gay Guide

A guide to help you find the best hotels & places in Heraklion for Gay travellers

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24 Heraklion Hotels for Gay travellers

Gay Travel in Heraklion, Crete

Crete is one of the Biggest islands in Greece and is well known for its archaeological sites and its great variety of beautiful landscapes and beaches. The traditional cuisine plays also a big part for the travellers visiting from all over the world this particular destination, as it is delicious and for suitable for all tastes. When it comes to the capital of Crete, Heraklion, is the top places to enjoy all these and of course experience first hand the ''secret'' LGBT community entertainment.

Heraklion Town, alongside Hersonissos and Malia, features a relatively organised gay night scene including several gay and gay-friendly venues dispersed through the city. Gay acceptance in Heraklion is at pretty high levels, even though the locals choose to keep their sexuality a secret as they still follow a very traditional way of living. Thanks to the first Gay Pride in Crete that happened in 2015 the gay scene is a lot better than it was with many locals revealing more and more their sexuality. 

The capital is known for its entertaining side as it hosts many gay-friendly venues for locals and travellers to explore. The only exclusively gay hotspot in Heraklion is La Brasserie, but you may find others similar outside of the capital, like the Y.O.L.O Bar in Hersonissos and Nova Bar in Malia. Crete actually is a destination followed from travellers that go for ''island hopping'' from Mykonos and Santorini, the wild sides of Greece. So the gay hotspots are almost always packed with interesting people if you visit on the high seasons.

Generally the islands of Greece are known for one thing mostly. Their amazing beaches! And Crete has many of them, as it is one of the largest islands and is covered with golden beaches with turquoise waters. When it comes to gay beaches, there are not any sole gay beaches but many secluded ones are offering intimate time for naturists and gays. Sarantari Beach in Hersonissos and Komos Beach in Matala are some of the most charming ones, but keep in mind that the gay crowds are following the seasonal trends so keeping a constant contact with gay apps is essential.

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The Best Hotels for Gay Travellers in Heraklion

Even though there are not any exclusively gay hotel in Heraklion, you will find many gay-friendly hotels and resorts that spread through the island. Most of them feature their own restaurant, lounge bars, and swimming pools, as well as even direct access to the beach!

The Top Places in Heraklion for Gay Travellers


Being famous for its beaches with crystal-clear waters, you will find below the hottest beaches to visit in Heraklion, as well as the top gay hotspots to meet gay locals and tourists!

Gay Tips

La Brasserie is the only openly gay bar-restaurant in Heraklion and it hosts several events monthly. Additionally, Take Five Bar & Cafe is a popular gay-friendly bar-cafe and concert venue located in the heart of Heraklion town. 

Y.O.L.O is a gay-friendly club located in the area of Hersonissos and is especially known for its signature cocktails and marvellous dancing atmosphere.

Paralia Lido and Paralia Karteros, which happen to be also nudist beaches, are the two most popular "gay" beaches in Heraklion. Both of them are a cruising hotspot as well.

The most popular gay application in Heraklion is Grindr and it is the best way to meet other gay people nearby. The majority of the gay locals live in Heraklion Town, where the gay life is centred.

Heraklion has three major hotspots for outdoor gay cruising which are Carrefour Parking, Georgiadis Park, and at the hill of the grave of Nikos Kazantzakis (at night).

Places & Things to do
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Winery

Boutaris Winery

wine tasting

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Landmark

Knossos Palace

sightseeing , kids entertainment

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Winery

Douloufakis Winery

wine tasting

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Winery

Alexakis Winery

wine tasting

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Pastry Shop

Kritikos Fournos - Pastry Shop

coffee & drinks , quick meals

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Beach

Karteros Beach

swimming , sunset view , kids entertainment

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How to get there

  • By ferry
  • By air

Move around

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Ideal for

  • Beach holidays
  • Sightseeing
  • Local gastronomy
  • Family holidays
  • City breaks
  • Art & culture

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