Eight kilometres from the Bay of Phaleron on the south-eastern corner of Greece is the country capital, Athens. It covers 412 square kilometres with over 3 million inhabitants as of 2011.
A perfect mix of grunge and elegance, this city showcases first-class museums, cafes, and dining areas. The cultural display and social events take place in the historical landmarks, merging the ancient and modern elements. Despite the recent economic crisis, Athens continues to exude sophistication, elevating its name especially on the aspect of tourism.
While there may be no official red light district in Athens, this city does not fall short in adult-rated offerings. Various areas are being considered major areas that showcase sexual pleasure activities like the following:
History of the RLD
Being a coastal city, Athens was regularly visited by sailors and merchants from around the globe for both business and leisure. Their presence generated a market for entertainment venues which resulted in the rise of prostitution. It emerged until it became a huge industry, leading to most merchants settling in Athens. The more clients being drawn to the sex trade, the more money coming into the city.
Like Omonia Square, the influx of foreign immigrants to the city brought along the rise of prostitution in the area. Since then, Omonia Square began to be coined as one of the adult entertainment districts of Athens.
How to Find the RLD
Stay Safe in the RLD
Omonia has been notoriously branded for pickpockets, so it is best to stay vigilant and keep an eye on valuables. However, police particularly anti-riot units have been recently deployed to the area to do intensive patrolling so as to minimise the incidence of crime and violence.
For interested men out there who wants to take a plunge on a daring path of adult entertainment in Athens, there are strip clubs, brothels, swinger clubs, sex shops, and adult theatres available. There’s something to offer to every curious traveller based on his interests, creating a distinct experience.
• Cine Athinaikon – Set in the Omonia district is this adult theatre that screens adult film via a projector. Straight adult movies are scheduled during daytime while gay films are played late at night until dawn.
The widely famous spot for prostitutes is the Omonia Square. It has grown steadily spreading a kilometre in all directions from the said area. Other known streets to seek for sex workers are the following:
Prostitution is legal in Greece, given that the woman has reached 21 years of age. Sex workers are required to submit themselves to periodic medical check-ups administered by state-appointed doctors to ensure optimum health and monitor cases of HIV. Registrations and medical cards are supposed to be updated every 2 weeks. Brothels are regulated by way of requiring them to submit state-permits guaranteeing that they have passed certain guidelines to operate such business. Studio-based prostitution is considered safe and legal while street prostitution and pimping are not. Massage parlours, strip clubs, sex shops, as well as adult cinemas are legal.
However, the laws are poorly implemented causing a lot of irregularities: unregistered prostitutes and brothels operating without licences.
A great entertainment selection awaits Athens’ visitors when the sun sets. You may start by checking out an ancient Greek drama at the Herod Atticus or witness a world-class orchestra playing at the fine and majestic halls of Megaron. If you like being out there in the clubs to enjoy the music and some cocktails, here is a list of some of the best nightclubs in Athens:
Athens is thought to have a very organized gay scene compared to other cities in Greece. There are lots of gays bars, saunas, as well as cruising spots that will definitely please even the finickiest visitor.
The gay and lesbian scene is situated in the city central, Gazi and around the St. Irene’s Square. Here are a few places that have a developing gay hub:
General Attitude Towards Gays
Despite having a developing gay scene in the city of Athens, its citizens aren’t yet fully accepting of the LGBT. Many Greeks are not still open about their sexuality due to the limited tolerance in the city. But a recent research has concluded that Athens is now on the road to having a really open gay culture. There are still a few homophobic incidents that have been reported but many are optimistic that such cases will be fully eradicated.
Gay and Transsexual Prostitutes in Athens
There aren’t many venues that market gay and transsexual prostitution but interested clients may try to seek such services in Syngrou Avenue. For easier transactions, go online for most if not all bookings can now be made through the internet.