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The gay destination of the Cote D’Azur, Nice takes LGBT inclusivity to the next level. Discover how, plus gay beach & gay club info in wolfyy’s Nice gay travel guide.

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The Gay Travel Experience: Nice, France

I quickly learned how gay-friendly the city of Nice is while seeking out LGBT-friendly places to visit. A program called Nice Irisée Naturellement (Natural Iridescence), created in 2011, unites community establishments with a quality service pledge.

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Nice Gay Travel
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Restaurants, hair salons, bars and other businesses come together with the local LGBT associations and the Visitors Bureau to provide genuinely inclusive services in accordance with set quality guidelines. 

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You can identify these establishments online or by one of the fantastic rainbow sticker logos they proudly display in their storefront.

Gay Nice: Where to Stay

The Old Village is certainly the quaintest part of Nice. The neighborhoods narrow walkways flow with people perusing shops and restaurants. Most of the buildings are…you guessed it—old and don’t have elevators. So, if you’re booking an Airbnb, check what floor the apartment is on!

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Just as adorable is the area north of the Old Port. A bit more modern and very pedestrian friendly, this is my favorite area of the city to hang around. Wider streets allow restaurants to spread out, so outdoor seating is everywhere.
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For a portion of my trip I stayed in the Hotel Aston Scala, located on the border of the Old Village and the Jean-Medecin neighborhood. Right on the main promenade, the views from the rooftop were stunning.
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I stayed in the Riquer neighborhood for the remainder of my stay. This neighborhood in contrast, provided a more authentic and local feeling. A short walk north of the Old Port area, I felt like more of a local. A pedestrian friendly main road with many shops and a grocery store felt like home.

Nice Experiences for the Gay Traveler

The Palais Lascaris is a quaint musical instrument museum that is great for a quick activity if you love museums and a bit of history. Stop in as you meander through the Old Village. You can see all the rooms in about an hour.
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Students get in for free, too! Walk through the metal gate to the office on the left when you arrive, as it has the appearance of looking closed the way the ropes are set up.
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Nice France activities
tram Nice city center
Head to Castle Hill for some exercise and the best views of Nice. There are several lookout points and a large park atop the mountain. If you don’t feel like hiking all the way, there is an elevator from the promenade near the waterfront that takes you most of the way up!
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Antonia Café is located next the Claire Fontaine, an adorable square near the Old Village. Ice cream shops and restaurants along the perimeter surround open seating. There is free Wi-Fi in the square that works well—I worked here for several hours one afternoon.

Gay Beaches: Nice, France

Oh, the beautiful clear water of the Cote D’Azur! Don’t let anyone tell you differently…the sea is clear, blue and so refreshing. There coastline boasts many beach clubs with bars and restaurants if you’re looking for more comfort. Otherwise the rest of the beach is free to the public.

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Nice France gay beach
Nice Gay Travel France

There are a few noteworthy gay beaches where locals can be found. On the eastern side of the city you have Castel Plage and on the west you have Spity Beach. Castel Plage itself is a beach club but you can use the public area next to it. The gay community is more present on the weekends.

Gay Bars in Nice, France

Nice has a wide array of gay bars and parties. I would not categorize Nice as a top gay party destination, but there is certainly plenty of gay nightlife to explore. There is a little of everything, from lounge bars to gay saunas.

I went to a gay party called BearDrop, which was coincidentally re-releasing the weekend I visited. It was at L’Omega nightclub, a smaller sized venue (in terms of a nightclub). They had a stellar DJ, great friendly staff and a dedicated smoking room (many find it frustrating when smoking is allowed in European bars). The lights and music were great!

Check out photos from events at the L’Omega gay club on the L’Oméga Club Facebook Page.

Nice France gay clubs
Nice France gay clubs

Eagle Nice was another gay bar on my list to visit, however I found it to be closed upon arrival without announcement (the website and Google said it was open). I was a bit disappointed! So, if Eagle is on your list too, have a backup plan or find a local to give some more insight. Even some locals seemed confused when they were showing up!

Malabar Station is another gay bar in Nice. It is probably the most “touristy” gay bar, but its super casual and has outdoor seating with food.

Nice Gay Travel Tips

Nice is very much a European vacation destination. I visited in early September and so it seems I caught the very end of the summer holiday season. There was not as much of a crowd as could be expected in peak summer, but it wasn’t empty either.
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I would say the best time to visit Nice would be during these summer months of June through early September, when the city folk flock to the Cote D’Azur.
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The city of Nice has great public transport with an adorable tram that runs late into the night. Even with this connectivity however, I did not need to use the tram more than a few times because the city is so walkable. Pretty much anything you want to visit should take 30 minutes or less.

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Note that here in Nice the beach consists of large cobbles. They are round enough that you can lay on them with a towel, but it is not as cozy as sand (I do appreciate not having sand stick to me though). Along the shore there are some areas where sand is placed if you’re a diehard sand fan.

Need more ideas for gay vacations? Explore wolfyy’s full list of gay travel destinations.

Gay Rights in France

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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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.
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Next, read wolfyy’s Montpellier Gay Travel Guide. Heading to Spain? Read the Barcelona Gay Travel Guide.

Nice was one of my first stops after quitting my job in New York City to travel the world. Need some inspiration to do the same? Check out this article on quitting your job to travel the world.

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