LGBTQ+ Travelers Should Be Looking to Visit Nice This Summer
Nice, France has been a long-overlooked hotspot for gay, lesbian, and LGBTQ travel. The Mediterranean vibe of this destination is a hidden gem and is often considered one of the most gay-friendly destinations in Europe. For any LGBTQ+ looking to make the most of their first vacation post-COVID, Nice is set to be one of the best destinations to visit this summer and fall.
With the announcement that travel restrictions for vaccinated Americans will be eased in June, gay travelers should consider heading to Nice, France, to experience sun, sand, and incredible French culture all in one place.
LGBTQ+ Travel: Gay-Friendly Beaches in Nice, France
Nice offers stunning beaches along the coast of the Bay of Angels that are sure to please any traveler, gay or straight. The city itself has multiple beaches with both quiet and party atmospheres that are a thrill to explore during the summer months. Some beaches are just a short drive along the coastline and make for the perfect day trip.
See below for our top beach destinations in Nice.
Hi Beach is a very popular beach suitable for singles and families and is divided accordingly into separate parts. Here you can mingle with other gay vacationers, enjoy a wide variety of bars, restaurants, and take part in some reservable seating that can be booked in advance and even comes with Wi-Fi.
Coco Beach is one of the city’s most popular public nude beaches and is a popular hotspot for gay travelers. It’s just a short walk east of the Port of Nice and offers chill vibes for anyone looking to relax in the sun.
St. Laurent-Eze is widely considered Nice’s best and busiest nude beach and is just a short drive east of the city’s downtown core. The beach’s pebble facade is a unique experience that is not as busy as some other beaches around the city. Enjoy a day trip to this beach and dip your toes into something a little different.
LGBTQ+ Travel and Gay-Friendly Nightlife in Nice, France
The neighborhoods of Old Nice and Jean-Médecin are home to some of the world’s best gay bars and are reason enough to visit this incredible city. Head out for a night of fun and dancing with French locals. Attitudes towards LGBTQ+ travelers are very positive, and travelers should have little to no concern from the public.
Le Six has multiple floors of dancing, designated smoking rooms, and is known to stay open until the early morning hours. Head out to this bar for all-night dancing with gay locals and travelers alike.
Le Glam is widely considered the best gay bar and club within Nice. It has incredible food and drinks, with top-40 dance music being blasted late into the night. This is the pinnacle of nightlife in Nice, and maybe even France.
Coco Vin offers a balance of great music, drink, and atmosphere, gaining a reputation for affordability and exceptional service. With a more relaxed tone and vibe, this bar is considered a chill spot with an incredible street view of the neighborhood.
LGBTQ+ Travel: Explore Nice and Appreciate This City’s Stunning Architecture
If the beaches, bars, and restaurants weren’t enough reason to visit Nice, the city itself is rich with history reflected in its scenic architecture. Nice is the perfect location to get lost in and take in some of the city’s incredible culture, with buildings that are exclusive to Nice and intended to reflect an “art deco style.”
Le Vieux Port is one of the city’s most photographed locations, reflecting the city’s iconic red rooftops and exceptional style. With charming buildings circling the harbor, this destination is a must-visit and the perfect photo opportunity for any traveler.
The Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica offers a new take on gothic churches found around France, with incredible stained-glass artistry that rivals some of the most iconic churches in Europe. At night, this church is lit up in colors that reflect the gay-friendly culture of the neighborhood.
La Place Masséna is the city-center red painted square that is home to multiple art installations, including sculptures from Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. This neighborhood is known for its small local festivals and carnival atmosphere and is considered a great meeting place or spot to mingle with locals.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many travelers, and variants could still pose risks to gay travelers visiting Europe. Lockdowns and border closures can happen quickly, with remaining high levels of uncertainty during the upcoming travel season.
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