Greece (Greek: Ελλάδα, Elláda)  is a country in Southern Europe, on the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula, with extensive coastlines and islands in the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas. It shares borders in the north with Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Bulgaria, and Turkey.
Sex Scene and Prostitution
Prostitution is legal and regulated in Greece. Greek authorities decided to implement a 1999 law which stipulates that all brothels must have permits. Persons engaged in prostitution must register at the local prefecture and carry a medical card which is updated every two weeks. It is estimated that fewer than 1,000 women are legally employed as prostitutes and approximately 20,000 women, most of foreign origin, are engaged in illegal prostitution. Street prostitution is dominated by Albanian refugees and immigrants. Major countries of origin for prostitutes include Nigeria, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Albania, Moldova, Romania, and Belarus.
The following geographic divisions reflect the approach to the country which will be taken by most travelers in deciding where to go. Administrative divisions are somewhat different. Articles within these five sections will be arranged with a view to enabling travelers to sort out which specific destinations best match their interests.
| Attica (including Athens)|
| The Peloponnese |
| Greek Islands |
| Crete |
| Central and Northern Greece |
Major cities include:
- Athens — the capital city known for the Parthenon
- Chania — second largest city on Crete surrounded with beaches and the Samaria National Park
- Chersonissos — party capital of Crete in the summer
- Heraklion — Crete's largest city and main hub with the archaeological site of Knossos
- Kos — Kos or Cos (Greek: Κως) is a Greek island of the group of the Dodecanese, next to the Gulf of Gökova/Cos.
- Mykonos — a gay friendly island, featuring a vibrant gay nightlife.
- Patra — known for the wines it produces
- Larissa — the country's fourth largest city
- Rhodes — magnificent city with impressive medieval structures, nightlife and beaches
- Thessaloniki — the country's prime city in the Macedonia region
- Volos — coastal port city with nice museums and architecture
Gay & Lesbian
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Greece may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Greece, but households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples.
The most commonly reported major scam against travelers is the Greek version of the old clip joint routine. This is reported primarily from central Athens, but also occasionally from other cities and even the larger island towns. A single male traveler will be approached, usually at night in a neighborhood where there are a lot of bars, by a friendly Greek who will strike up a conversation leading to an invitation to go to "this really cool bar I know" for a drink. Once at the bar, they are joined by a couple of winsome ladies who immediately begin ordering drinks, often champagne, until, at the end of the evening, the mark is presented with an astronomical bill, payment of which is enforced by the sudden appearance of a pair of glowering thugs. The reason this scam works is because most Greeks have a tradition of being friendly to visitors, and almost all Greeks who strike up a conversation with you will have no ulterior motives. But if you're a single male traveler approached by a Greek in the circumstances described above, it's safest to politely but firmly decline any invitations.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) exist in Greece as elsewhere, and travelers who may engage in sexual activity while visiting Greece should remember that even if one is on vacation and one's sexual partner is also a traveler, perhaps from one's own country, neither of these facts suspend the laws of biology. According to recent reports in the Greek and British media, unprotected sex among visitors to Greece, with a consequent rise in STIs and unplanned pregnancies, is especially common at the party resorts favored by younger people, such as Ios, Laganas, Malia, Kavos, and Faliraki. Condoms are available at any pharmacy and at many kiosks.
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