Nice Gay Travel
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.
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.
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.
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!
Nice Experiences for the Gay Traveler
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.