• Nice

Nice

Watch the Mediterranean ebb and flow from the promenade

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Nice

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.


 

Gaytway Guide to Nice

  • Part of the Gaytway purpose is to connect LGBT+ travellers with people, places and experiences. Our specially curated guides introduce you to what's on offer in each destination; where to stay and rest tired weary travellers feet and rejuvinate in between exploring sights and wonders, as well as where you can eat, drink and while the days and night away.

    And because we too love travelling and exploring, and know you can never know everything about somewhere, we would love to hear from you about that great place to stay, the new and hip bar or club in town or ways to meet and connect with the local LGBT+ community. That's why we make it easy for you to send us your own personal recommendations!

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    • A most famous Promenade
    • The Promenade des Anglais is probably one of the most famous stretch of coast in the world. It runs for 4 km and was paid for by the English expat patrons – hence the name. There is also a dedicated lane for cyclists and skaters and if you want to join them you can rent skates and bikes. Along the promenade are some fabled buildings, such as the uber-posh Hotel Negresco and the Palais de la Mediterranee.

    • La Vieux Nice
    • Getting lost in the narrow and picturesque lanes of Old Nice is a highlight of every visit to this city. Getting lost among the dark, narrow, winding alleyways of Nice’s old town is a highlight. The layout has barely changed since the 1700s, and it’s full of gorgeous delis, restaurants, boutiques and bars. Along the Cours Saleya is a market square, perfect for fresh produce and foodie souvenirs.

    • Matisse & Chagall
    • The Matisse Museum, located in Cimiez, houses a fascinating collection of paintings by the famous impressionist painter who is himself buried in the cemetery across the park from the museum. Another museum houses the larges public collection of Belarussian painter Marc Chagall, a strange, often unsettling collection.

    • Pop to Monaco
    • The small principality of Monte Carlo is renowned for being the playground of the rich and famous. Just a short hop from Nice, there is heaps to see here, from the fascinating Grimaldi Royal Family Palace to the interesting Oceanographic Museum. And of course check the overwhelming wealth of the residents, as demonstrated by the incessant traffic of sport cars and the huge number of luxury yachts parked in the harbour.

    • Cannes, sparkling Cannes
    • The pearl of the Côte d’Azur needs no introduction. Canned is famed for its international film festival, held in the spring every year. The luxurious Boulevard de la Croisette, stretches along the coast and is lined with some of the most upmarket hotels in Europe, where celebrities come to play.
  • L'Effervescence

    A great and very sophisticated champagne bar, very popular with gay men. Also enjoy oysters, fois gras, etc. A bit expensive, but definitely a treat.

    Le Bar Bitch

    Located right in the Heart of Old Nice a new trendy bar opened since April 2013.

    RED Kafé

    A Bar Cafe, run by Pascal & Julien - offering ice creams, crepes, drinks, etc in the very centre of Nice, in a pedestrian area, 2 mins from the beach.

    Smarties

    A very quirky and cool bar in a 70s / kitch deco, with vintage items - a very popular hangout in Nice.
  • Le Glam

    Nice and the Cote d'Azur favourite gay club - DJs play techno/house/dance music and often hosting special themed events, shows, etc.

    Le Six

    A 'telephone bar' that's been around since 1999. Several special event nights with big international guest DJs

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