Birthplace of Sappho
For the lesbian, gay or solo woman traveller, the small fishing village of Skala Eressos offers you the opportunity truly to relax and to be yourself.
Gay women from around the world started coming to Skala Eressos for the summer in the 70s, drawn to the birthplace of Sappho, the Greek poet who wrote about her love for women. The freedom of expression in the village is not characteristic of the rest of the island, but in Skala Eressos it is welcomed!
This unique, unspoiled beach village offers a chilled-out and grown-up alternative to some of the better-known, overpriced party resorts, and allows you to have just the kind of holiday you want while being exactly who you want to be – whether that’s single, happily coupled up, with your kids or a as a group of friends.
There is a range of accommodation, from typical Greek studios to rent, family run hotel to houses and cottages offering self-catering facilities. You will find something here to suit every taste and budget.
In Skala Eresos you will find one of the nicest sandy beaches on the island, with bars, cafés restaurants (tavernas) and accommodation right on the beach.
For lovers of sun and sea, the spectacular bay offers a clear, calm sea and a 3km clean sand beach. Hang out right in the heart of things within reach of a cooling cocktail, or walk a little further out of sight for our famous naked beach.
Several of the bars and businesses are lesbian-owned and run, and you’ll feel at home at any time of the season.
Get your groove on at a club night or beach party, or catch up on new movie releases under the stars at the beautiful open-air cinema, which also hosts a LGBT film festival in September.
For the spiritual traveller there is yoga and the world-famous Afroz Osho Centre.
For walkers and birdwatchers, the local area (and indeed the whole island) is a lush, green paradise offering thermal spas, archaeological remains, and some of the most varied bird life in Europe. Water-sports, boat trips, excursions and mountain biking are all available too.