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LGBTQ+: Cyprus

by Benjamin Kerns

Oct 17, 2018

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The island of Cyprus has a surprisingly large following among gay travelers, though you might find it lacking a gay scene. An abundance of beautiful beaches, friendly locals and excellent shopping opportunities are what truly make the island nation shine.


With dozens of beaches dotting the shoreline, it can be hard to decide which to enjoy. Luckily, there are a few that cater specifically to the LGBTQ+ crowd. Pissouri is a popular spot on the western side of the island, while Governer Beach dominates the southern gay scene, just a 20-mile drive outside of Limassol. Kermia Beach on the eastern shores is almost exclusively gay and is located right next to Hotel Kermia.


When it comes to nightlife, Secrets Freedom Club in Larnarca is one of the more popular LGBTQ+ joints on the island. It’s a large venue with live music and plenty of bodies on the dance floor. On the western side of the island in Paphos you’ll find Different Bar, which, as the name implies, brings in a more quirky crowd of LGBTQ+ locals and travelers.


As for accommodations, homosexuality is legal throughout the island so you won’t have trouble finding a comfortable place to rest your head. More upscale resorts can be found in the towns of Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos, but there’s something to be said for the quieter villages along the shores as well. Overall, Cyprus is a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community and continues to grow in popularity among travelers, to the point it now hosts its own Pride festival every year.


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