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The Greek island is still the jewel
in the crown of lesbian 'pilgrimage'
sites. Most visitors don't come sim-
ply to pay homage to Sappho, but
also to check out the beaches, bars
and plethora of dykes from across
the globe, mostly centring around
the resort of Skala Eressos.
The swinging '60s may be long
gone, but London still has that edgy
vibe of "everything's allowed and
anything goes". Many a lost little
lesbian has fed to the big city and
settled, making this one of the most
vibrant scenes in the world. To this
can be added history, architecture,
great shopping and of course fsh
New York is to the Americas
what London is to Europe and local,
small-town and international mingle
in a merry dyke mix. The Village,
home to legendary Stonewall bar,
can appear more of a male domain,
but there are many women's bars to
choose from too. And what other
city has a woman guarding its en-
trance quite so dramatically?
City of romance, fashion and
fabulous food. Taking your girl-
friend here is the ultimate gesture
of adoration, but even the lovelorn
won't be lonely for long. The bars
in Le Marais is where it's all at -- a
great place to practise your French
and become a cunning linguist.
Close to home, but Sydney is
undeniably a good place to check out
women. When Mardi Gras takes over,
the whole city feels gay, but the at-
mosphere lingers for most of the year.
Also, the beach is never far away...
Anna Maria Espsäter counts down the 20 best travel destinations for lesbians
The days when same-sex couples were persecuted and run out of town are, thankfully, mostly gone and in this day and age we might only merit a raised eye-
brow or two in many parts. For some really excellent lesbian action worldwide, check out this list of gorgeous destinations.
This small New England town
has become a lesbian haven and a
centre for all woman-loving women.
Summer is particularly good with
beach parties, dances, cruises and
other events. There are numerous
inns, restaurants, bars and clubs to
choose from year-round.
The whole nation merits a men-
tion, as Canada is overwhelmingly
gay-friendly throughout. The cities of
Toronto and Vancouver are gay cen-
tres, but there are also smaller, qui-
eter places, such as New Brunswick's
Fredericton, that despite their size
manage to ft in some gay bars. And
there are polar bears and ice wine...
Catalonia has always been a
bit different from the rest of Spain
-- more liberal, more creative -- with
Barcelona at the heart of it. First in
Spain to legalise same-sex partner-
ships, there is a well-established
lesbian community here. The nearby
coast was immortalised in lesbian
flm Costa Brava and can easily be
visited from Barcelona.
Where it all began and still a gay
mecca. Although the scene is better
for men, there's something incredibly
special about a place where being gay
is so much the norm and so celebrat-
ed. The Castro is jumping every night
-- the place to be gay.
The only city on the African
continent with a truly gay village,
Cape Town is unique. Combine this
with a pleasant climate, gorgeous
beaches, excellent food and wines, as
well as the unbeatable sights of Table
Mountain and Cape Point and you
have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This northern corner of
Europe has a reputation for lib-
eral laws and freezing weather.
Come summer though, nights
are pleasantly light, the climate
much friendlier and the blondes
very easy on the eye. Places like
Copenhagen and Stockholm
party all night and they do know
how to party.
Nothing like sailing away
on a majestic ship surrounded by
other lesbians. Mexico, the Car-
ibbean, the Greek Islands or even
the Galapagos can all be visited
from the comfortable luxury of
an Olivia Cruise.
The Canaries, particu-
larly Gran Canaria, has a laid-
back, easygoing vibe, year-
round pleasant weather and
numerous gay beaches, as well
as bars, clubs and restaurants.
Island-hop across to Tenerife to
climb Spain's highest mountain,
Mount Teide, or check out the
Not always known for
its gay-friendliness, Mexico has
changed remarkably in recent
years. Mexico City now has a
gay village, La Zona Rosa, and
resorts like Cancún and Acapul-
co are becoming leading gay-
One of the US states al-
lowing same-sex partnerships,
Hawaii is one of the least con-
servative in the US. Stunning
landscape, beautiful beaches
and a general laidback attitude
further add to the appeal.
This used to be one of the
best scenes in Asia prior to 1997.
Now things are slightly more sub-
dued and underground, but there is
still gay life to be explored, along
with the city's excellent restaurants
and shopping opportunities.
The German capital of sin,
sleaze and sex has long had a repu-
tation for attracting "deviants" of all
kinds and it still lives up to the glo-
ries of its heyday. Old and new rub
shoulders here. Careful with those
butch dykes though -- SM and fet-
ish feature heavily in some bars and
Gay boys have focked to
Thailand for decades, but there are
places for gay girls too. Bangkok's
women's scene isn't bad, especially if
karaoke is your thing. Beaches, tem-
ples, jungles and gorgeous food should
keep you coming back for more.
Despite its status as a Eu-
ropean metropolis, Am-
sterdam's centre almost has a village
feel to it. The lesbian community is
so well-established their bars have
been open for decades and Holland
was one of the frst to legalise same-
sex marriage. There are even gay
cycling tours around town for the
gay world map, Taipei now has the
largest Pride in Asia. There is a small
but lively women's scene, very open
to newcomers. Then there's the rest
of the island to explore with no less
than 14 national scenic areas, fasci-
nating culture and some of the best
grub in Asia.
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