The undisputed pearl of the Côte d’Azur, Nice has been a magnet for sun seekers – and especially the well-heeled ones, for well over a century. But beside the beach and its uber-famous Promenade, the city has a gorgeous old town and some amazing food on offer (this is France, after all!). Back in the 60s and 70s the Riviera was also a very eccentric and bohemian retreat for anyone who didn’t fit elsewhere, including many LGBT people. Today Nice is still pretty crazy and happening – check its famous Carnival, which encompasses the Lou Queernaval celebrations, the first LGBT one in France. Not to mention lots of other gay events, like the Pink Parade.
From a LGBT point of view, France is a very advanced and welcoming country, so gay & lesbian people are protected by law, including full same-sex marriage provisions. In Nice many businesses display the ‘Nice irisée naturellement’ logo, which certifies that they have completed a special LGBT training course set up by the city’s Tourism Board.