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Montpellier Gay Travel

Montpellier gay travel is a must on your way through the south of France, so check out wolfyy’s tips on where to stay, nightlife and things to do!

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The Gay Travel Experience: Montpellier, France

My experience visiting Montpellier was quite unique. The first and only time I have tried Couchsurfing was here. In search of a gay local prior to arriving, I filtered my search on Couchsurfing for LGBT rights and related key words for the interest category.
Montpellier gay travel
My experience visiting Montpellier was quite unique. The first and only time I have tried Couchsurfing was here. In search of a gay local prior to arriving, I filtered my search on Couchsurfing for LGBT rights and related key words for the interest category.
Montpellier gay travel
streets in city center
A wonderful guy quickly accepted a request I had sent him and before I knew it I was on my way to meet him and another German traveler he was also hosting. He welcomed all people, gay and straight, into his home and showed me an authentic Montpellier experience.
streets in city center
Montpellier is home to the largest student population in France, with about a third of the city attending a local University. The majority of people living in Montpellier are actually not natives!

Gay Montpellier: Where to Stay

Montpellier is a relatively small city, but the city center boasts quite a bustle. I was passing through Montpellier on my way to Spain, and so I was there for a short few days. I stayed quite far from the city center, closer to Saint-Éloi, northwest of the city center. However, given how far I was away from the city center, public transport was fantastic!
Montpellier gay traveler
where to stay
Montpellier gay traveler
My recommendation would be to stay somewhere nearby, but not directly in, the Montpellier city center. From my explorations, I would say that areas north of the city center are prettier, while areas to the south are more so under development.
Montpellier is not that large of a city, and so as you might expect there is no Montpellier gay neighborhood. Wonderful Montpellier is France’s fastest growing city and so there is a ton of buildings under construction in the south of the city. Maybe one day we will see a gay area!

Montpellier Experiences for the Gay Traveler

One of my favorite things in Montpellier is the Jardin des Plantes, a free outdoor garden with a variety of plant species. They had a few flowers I had never seen before, a greenhouse with cacti and plenty of seating to take in the peaceful surroundings.
cute cafe in Montpellier

While they dont have an official website, a Montpellier travel site has more information on the Montpellier Jardin des Plants Botanical Garden, including how to get there, hours and more.

Right across the street from the garden is Broc Café. They have delicious burgers, as well as other good snacks and great espresso. The outdoor seating is great to take in some sun. They also have Wi-Fi.
cute cafe in Montpellier
Montpellier gardens

Pay a visit to the Shahidlar Monument while you are up in the Highland Park plaza area. Learn about one of Baku’s most important days in history and walk through Martyr’s Alley.

Visit La Promenade du Peyrou

For some sightseeing, there is no better place to stroll than La Promenade du Peyrou. La Promenade du Peyrou is one of the best places to visit in Montpellier. Here you can take in wonderful vistas of the city from an elevated promenade. There are plenty of areas to sit and enjoy a snack. Across the street is the Arc de Triomphe.
Montpellier gardens
If you head towards the Arc from La Promenade du Peyrou and continue walking, you will pass dozens of high-end stores and coffee shops. I had a lovely afternoon window shopping and watching the people of Montpellier.
les Jardines
Promenade du peyrou
Need some coffee or just a place with great Wi-Fi? Head to Koffee & Kitchen. This place has an entire second floor with a modern setup, catering to students and professionals. The internet is the probably the best I’ve used in all my travels and the place is always spotless. They also have lunch food.

Montpellier Bars

Montpellier is filled with students, and so I followed suit with my gay student friend. He introduced me to many of his local gay friends that attend the University of Montpellier with him. As you might expect, these people are very open and accepting. I had a blast!
French locals
French locals
nightlife
During my couple of days, I experienced a small variety of bars and a house party with local students. Black Cat is a bar located close to the city center and has a large open seating area outside where you can drink all night long.

Black Cat Bar is perfect for large groups because when you go to pay, you just tell them how many drinks you’ve had, instead of getting a bill for many people together.
nightlife

Montpellier Gay Travel Tips

The trams and busses in Montpellier are excellent, and they run until about midnight. Late at night, it will be hard to come by a street taxi, so plan ahead for how you will return home.
college party
college party
Promenade du Peyrou

Also, do not try to board the tram without a ticket. In multiple instances, I have seen officers board the tram checking to see if everyone has validated their ticket. It’s a cheap ticket, so just buy a few at once so you have them ready.

Promenade du Peyrou
Although Montpellier is a coastal city, I would not say it is a beach town. It takes quite a bit of time to get to the beach via public transportation. I opted to stay in the city.
Traveling between cities in France is quite convenient by bus. I traveled all around the Mediterranean coast using Flixbus busses, which are almost always exactly on time, comfortable, civilized and safe. They’re also pretty cheap. Book your ticket!

France LGBT Rights

There is a small segment of the population that is fiercely opposed to LGBT rights, and they are quite outspoken. Although I did not witness any of this on my journey through southern France, you may feel it in larger cities. France has the job of protecting the LGBT people any sort of harmful situations, however small.
gay neighborhood
gay neighborhood
Eiffel Tower on clear day
Congrats France! You’re one of the gay-friendliest countries in the world! France repealed old sodomy laws back during the French Revolution in the late 1700’s. Today, same-sex couples can adopt children. Proudly, France was the first country in the world to declassify transgenderism as a mental illness!
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Explore More of Gay France

If you are looking for a larger gay scene in the south of France, there are plenty of gay bars and gay parties in neighboring Nice. Read the Nice Gay Travel Guide. If you prefer big cities, head over to the Paris Gay Travel Guide.

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