- Gender and Relationships
The Original Lesbian Dating Sites
Lesbian dating sites are a popular topic on the Internet. Lets face it being out and gay has been more acceptable for women than for men ever since Queen Victoria famously refused to make lesbiansim illegal at the same time as homosexuality (the term ony applied to men at the time) - because she couldn't believe such a practice existed.
In fact at the time that Queen Vic made her decision the adjective "lesbian" referred to something from the Greek Island, Lesbos.The concept that women might be sexually attracted to women was really beyond the language of polite Victorian society.
The modern use of the term lesbian is because of Sappho, a 6th century BCE poet who lived on Lesbos was unusual both as a Greek female poet and she wrote poetry about women and attracted young women as followers to her - for whom she declared her love. Little of her work has surivived and its unknown whether Sappho really was a lesbian in the 21st century sense of the word but she is certainly responsible for a lot of confusion about the term in modern English!
So it seemed to me the best place to go find lesbian dating sites - would, naturally enough be on the island of Lesbos itself.
Now getting to Lesbos these days is not at all difficult - the popular island has many direct flights during the summer season from UK, France and elsewhere in northern Europe to Mytilene (MJT). Alternatively you can fly from Athens or catch a ferry from Athen's port Piraeus.
On all Greek island the nightlife and the dating scene is focused around the village square where the open-sided tavernas spill out into the night with extra tables and a great deal ouzo and delicious fresh Greek food can make for a very pleasant way to meet new people and talk and dance the night away.
Best Dating and Meeting Spots in Lesbos
Mytilini the capital dates back to 3000BC has not just a beautiful historic heritage but a vibrant modern dining and nightlife scene. This is the happening place for those looking to party on in modern day Lesbos.
Other popular resort towns include:
Anaxos: Good swimming beach with a pleasant restaurant strip along the foreshore.
Eressos: Inland from popular Skala Eressos an historic refuge from pirates which dates back to the 16th century. Boasts many popular restaurants and bars.
Molyvos (Mithymna): on the north coast is not only naturally beautiful but home to a number of folk festivals and art exhibitions.
Petra: features the famous church Virgin Mary of the Sweet Kiss which is perched on top of a 30m high rock. Its more a family orientated town in the summer but there is still some fun nightife
Nightlife in Lesbos
There are quite a number of other towns as well. There is no shortage of place to find a good time in Lesbos.
If you are new to Greek ways then remember that the national drink is ouzo - though those without too much tolerance may want to start slow with the excellent local cold beers - which are always nice after a hot day on the beach.
Greek food is based of fresh food especially the excellent local fish and of course eggplant (aubergine). Order a number of dishes to try out the familiar and unfamiliar - the dishes will all come out together - the concept of entree and main doesn't really exist here - instead its more a mix and match. Octopus and moussaka are always safe places to start.
Nightclubs operate well into the morning - many of the larger towns bring in expat DJ's for the tourist season but you will find local places as well - if you look a little harder. Greece is a modern European country and women travelling together or alone shouldn't feel particularly threatened but its always wise to keep your wits about you especially late in the night.